Jelena thrives in love match - TennisForum.com
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 12th, 2003, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 2,282
 
Smile Jelena thrives in love match

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/com...5E3162,00.html

Jelena thrives in love match

13may03

JELENA Dokic is in love and her game is glowing.


One of America's most respected coaches believes a contented Dokic can be the world No. 1.
And he predicts Dokic will soar to the top representing Australia.

Kevin O'Connor, head of tennis at Florida's famed Saddlebrook Resort, who coached Dokic in 1999-2001, said: "She's in love, she feels good about herself off the court and, I think, that basically will end up helping her long-term on the court.

"If she's happy off the court and she continues to feel good about her fitness, I think she can be a top player.

"She could be a contender to win a grand slam and be at the top of the rankings. It's certainly possible."

The unpredictable 20-year-old now plays under the Serbia and Montenegro flag, but has broken free from her erratic coach-father Damir and been linked to a possible return to Australian colours for next year's Athens Olympics.

Contrary to Damir's belief that his daughter's live-in boyfriend Enrique Bernoldi was a bad influence on her, O'Connor said the Brazilian Formula One driver may prove a godsend to the world No. 11.

"I spent quite a bit of time with her (at the Nasdaq-100 tournament in Florida) and that's where I could sense the inner confidence. She was calm, she was confident, I could just sense she was in a good place personally," O'Connor said.

O'Connor said Dokic, still an Australian citizen, was in the best physical shape of her career -- even fitter than when she reached world No. 4 in August -- and at last showing the maturity needed to reach the summit.

"I had a good chat with her and a good chance to watch her practise and play," O'Connor said. "She's got a great positive outlook on what she's doing right now and she's sort of coming into her own existence."

O'Connor said throughout his four-year association with the former world No. 1 junior, she had "never spoken negatively about her Australian experience at all".

He expected Dokic to compete in Australia at some point, and hopefully for Australia.

"And any country that has a great event like the Australian Open is longing to get a player they're affiliated with in the finals, and I just think that, at some point, it would be awesome if it was Jelena," he said.

"Everyone loves a comeback and everyone loves a situation that has a fairytale ending, and I can't tell you when and where it's going to be, but it would be a great situation for Australia and for Jelena both if that was on the cards."

O'Connor acknowledged Dokic's well-documented off-court dramas as "her biggest weaknesses".

"But she's been sorting out the ownership of her game, who she is and what she is," he said. "For anybody going out there to live on their own in the real world, that's a learning curve and that's going to take time. If it's affected her a little bit off-court, that's not a big deal because in the long run she'll adapt."

Dokic last week admitted she was struggling with some aspects of her play under new coach Heinz Gunthardt, but O'Connor believed her slide down the rankings to outside the top 10 was not a concern.

"It's taken the last year for her to sort of take ownership and to step up and say, 'OK, I am Jelena, and these are the things I stand for and these are the things I need to be responsible for'," he said.

AAP

GogoGirl
GogoGirl is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old May 12th, 2003, 10:18 PM
Senior Member
 
WhatTheDeuce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Canada
Posts: 34,484
                     
jelena needs to play better...period, end of story
WhatTheDeuce is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old May 12th, 2003, 10:20 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: USA
Posts: 3,330
                     
Im tired of these damn articles! Its always about Damir or Jelena. Maybe they could do an article on a tennis player who can win more that 2 matches in a week.
jbone_0307 is offline  
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old May 12th, 2003, 10:21 PM
I'm so current, I'm tomorrow.
 
AjdeNate!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: The City by the Lake.
Posts: 49,261
                     
If she's happy, I'm happy for her. (I just wish she'd get her tennis in order).
AjdeNate! is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old May 12th, 2003, 11:01 PM
Senior Member
 
Philip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Great Britain
Posts: 8,071
                     
i believe jelena will improve
everygood player have had their bad times..
i mean look kim and juju last year... they had a minor slump... and look at them now!

go jelena!

---J|@ K---
~ Monica Seles || Patty Schnyder || Anna Kournikova || Tatiana Golovin || Jelena Jankovic || Elena Baltacha || Anne Keothavong ~
Welcome back to the TOP 100 Jelena!
Always in our hearts.... Arantxa Sanchez Vicario!.... 110 titles.... no1 in singles and doubles.... a true legend!
Philip is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old May 13th, 2003, 12:26 AM
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
Havok's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Montreal
Posts: 8,193
                     
i can only see positives for Jelena and her future tennis career. so what if she's in a slump. almost everyone gets into these, even the all-time greats, well some of them. i am just gonna patiently wait for her to turn things around

Jelena Dokic.Vera Zvonareva.Tatiana Golovin.Mary Pierce.Monica Seles.Martina Hingis.Anna Kournikova


Havok is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome