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babsi
May 21st, 2002, 11:46 AM
Here is the full unedited interview (a little different to that article, isn't it?)THE MODERATOR: Questions for Jelena, please.

Q. What does it feel like being the defending champion this time around?

JELENA DOKIC: Uhm, it's not that easy. You know, it's good to come back. I had a really good time here last year. I did well. And, you know, it set up the whole year for me, I had a really good year last year. And it all started here. So, you know, I'm really happy to be back. And just hope to be in the tournament for as long as I can.

Q. Venus Williams has been criticized for pulling out of the tournament yesterday so shortly before her match. What are your thoughts about that?

JELENA DOKIC: You know, I would criticize her also. I don't think it was -- you know, I've pulled out a few times and, you know, it was really bad to be happening at such a, you know, such a good tournament. I mean, it's so tough to so many players here. And for her to pull out of the top half there just makes things so much different. But I guess she just wanted to give herself as much time as, you know, she can get to try and get better. It's not a good situation for the tournament and for the draw also. But that's the way it happens, and that's the way the rules are.

Q. What happened in the second set?

JELENA DOKIC: No, you know, she started to play better, and I missed a few easy ones. There were a few line calls also. And things just turned. You know, I did get back to 4-3 and I played two really bad games. But, you know, I turned it all around again in the third set, which is good. And considering that I lost to her last time and she's been playing well, you know, I'm happy to get such a, you know, a win over such a, you know, good player that's been playing well on clay - and it's even tougher on red clay.

Q. Do you think that you will go visit Rome? Do you like Rome? What's your relationship with the city outside of tennis?

JELENA DOKIC: I got here a little bit late and I've just been trying to get -- you know, I was injured last week so I've just been trying to get back. And, you know, we went into the city a few times this year, last year, and, you know, every year that I've been here, so... You know, I try and go. Not a lot, but, you know, I try and go a little bit.

Q. What do you think about the place Foro Italico and the people?

JELENA DOKIC: Like I said before, it's been a really good tournament for me. I like playing here. I think the site is great, and it's one of the better ones. You know, I think I have a really good relationship with the fans here and with the people. And, you know, it's been really good coming back here - and every year. And I've done very well here every year.

Q. Do you prefer to play Serna or Myskina next round?

JELENA DOKIC: I've played both of them before. I played Myskina just two weeks ago. You know, they're very different players. Whoever gets through, I think it will be difficult. It's not an easy match. But I really, really don't mind who gets through.

Nimi
May 21st, 2002, 12:25 PM
yes, i know:bounce:

SM
May 21st, 2002, 12:59 PM
thx for clearing that up Jo...why am i NOT surprised! :rolleyes:

you know, her interview was good except you know she really needs to get rid of those, you know, cliches ;)

Jay
May 21st, 2002, 01:29 PM
Funny enough I was talking to the Dokic camp last night about this, in fact I broke the news to Damir and Savo regarding that 'Dokic slams Venus' article that appeared on the ESPN and Reuters website. They were totally ignorant and shocked by what I told them.

They couldn't believe that Jelena would show any hostility to Venus for several reasons.

1) Jelena herself had to withdraw at the last minute from this year's Open Gaz final against Venus.

2) Jelena has learnt her lesson the hard way when she was 16 not to attack players (besides this is something that is not in her nature anyway, that Kita Kis incident happened when she was very young and inmature)

3)Jelena has a great relationship with both the Williams sisters, in fact the whole family has, Damir and Richard Williams are very good friends and obviously Jelena knows this.

This conversation I had happened late last night/afternoon UK/USA time so it was too late to get any direct response from Jelena herself as she would have been in bed.

I asked Damir and Savo to get a statement from Jelena as I was unaware that this was said in a press conference, i thought it was said to an individual reporter who might have slanted it.

They said they would do that but now I don't think it's necessary as Babsi has provided us with a full transcript of those comments and everyone can she that Jelena is hardly 'slamming' Venus but I agree with SM that Jelena is not the most articulate of interviewees and I know for a fact that this is mainly as a result of the rough times that she's had in the past from the press.

Jelena is deeply suspicious of anything to do with press and is never comfortable and always nervous when giving any kind of interview for fear of it getting twisted.

A suggestion has been made to the Dokic camp for Jelena to buy one of those dictaphone thingys so that whenever she speaks to a reporter she too makes a recording of what was said and in the event of any dispute Jelena Online can make a sound file of Jelena's recording and publish it on the website.

Thanks for that Babsi