Here is the interview Jelena Jaković gave to a Serbian magazine. I tried to translate some parts of it:
- Australian Open 2004
To be honest, I expected more after the win against Dementieva. I could have reached the semis, just like Dokić did at Wimbledon in 2000. But I underestimated Craybas in the 2R. I wasn't concentrated, made many errors, my serve was off. She took her chances and won. But life goes on, I should focus on upcoming tournaments and not look back.
- The match against Dementieva
That was a huge experience for me. I wasn't afraid, not at all. I walked ou there and thought: "I'm winning today, no matter what." I believed in myself right from the start. I gave her no chances. I know I'm good and I hope I'll get the chance to be somedaz where Dementieva is now."
-Fans in Australia
I already now a lot of people there. I have great support in Australia, many Serbian people live there, only the problem is they are too loud sometimes. The match againts Craybas was played on a smaller court, and the atmosphere was like at a soccer match. Everybody was shouting and yelling. The umpire tried to calm them down, but it didn't work. Perhaps that made me lose concentration more.
-Coming to Bolletieri's camp
I came there when I was 12. I was alone for months. My mother would come for a month, but then she would have to leave. It was very difficult. I didn't speak English, only French. Fortunately, I made friends with a girl from Colombia who knew English and French, so she would translate everything. I went through a lot at that time, I learned many valuable lessons. Now it's different, as my family lives in Florida.
-Goals in 2004
My first goal is to reach top 50, and by the end of the season top 20. I have high hopes for 2005. I don't have many points to defend in the first half of this season. I just have to be consistent. I don't have much experience, I only started playing big tournaments. Of course, I hope I will stay injury-free.
My biggest chance after AO is at the US Open. I love playing on hardcourts, because I practise the most on that surface. Roland Garros is different, not because I don't like it, it's just that I rarely practise on clay, and it's very different to hardcourts. I don't move well on clay. I have to work on it. I don't think I have much chance at Wimbledon, I never practise on grass.
If Jelena Dokić plays, we have great chance to go to the World Group. If she plays, I will certainly play too. If not, I don't think I'll play, beacuse we would have almost no chance to make it. There are many tournaments in the spring, so I need to have as much rest as possible, Fed cup wouldn't fit in my plans.
I am almost certain I will play there. I would really love to. It's not like other tournaments, I want to give my best there.
I know her very well, we always talk in Serbian, she gives me useful advice and I learn a lot from her. She's a legend and a great person. I hope she will be my mentor some day, when she retires. Her personality really suites me, and I know her, while I've never met, for example, Steffi Graf.
I have no contact with her, I don't know her well. She is always quiet and reserved and doesn't talk much to anyone. I always say hello to her, but that's it.
I hope my English was good enough for you to understand everything. Go Jelena!