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Dokic Takes Birmingham Grass Court

June 16, 2002

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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) _ Top-seeded Jelena Dokic won her first title on grass when she beat sixth-seeded Anastasia Myskina 6-2, 6-3 in the DFS Classic final Sunday.

``Winning this is huge for me,″ Dokic said of her fifth career title. ``I had titles on all surfaces but grass, even though I had always done well at Wimbledon. I am very happy with this result, particularly as I had not won a match here before.

``Even when I didn’t play well, I was mentally tough and had to cope with some difficult situations during the week. I came in feeling good and now I feel even better.″

Dokic celebrated with a quick phone call to her father Damir, back home in Yugoslavia. He is expected to join her in time for Wimbledon next week.

Three double faults in a row from Myskina cost her a second break of serve in the first set, putting her down 1-5.

Dokic now moves to the Eastbourne grass-court tournament where she will again be the No. 1 seed.

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