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MilanDokic
Jul 3rd, 2005, 07:10 AM
Jelena Dokic LiVE (Sportski Zurnal):

For now only Serbian Version, soon in English:

NEKADA jedna od najvećih teniserki sveta našla se na malom turniru, u malom italijanskom gradu. Da je neko rekao Jeleni Dokić da će sa 22 godine, u vreme kada treba da seje strah teniskim terenima, da se vrati čelindžerima, verovatno ne bi poverovala.

Ipak, ona je prvi put posle više od šest godina igrala na turniru sa nagradnim fondom od 75.000 $, i to uz vajld kartu organizatora u Fanu.

Uzdržano i pomalo nesigurno, odgovorila je na poziv.

- Možemo da pričamo, ali zavisi o čemu - bila je prva rečenica devojke, koja je, malo je reći, isprepadana medijskim hajkama zbog svoje trenutne situacije.

Fano je možda mesto novog početka i neke nove priče za Dokićevu. Od Dubaija 1999. do Fana 2005. njena karijera je doživela fantastičan uspon do 4. mesta WTA liste i vrtoglavi pad do broja 400.

Jelena je u Fanu izgubila od Čehinje Eve Birnerove u prvom kolu, ali ne gubi nadu. Naprotiv.

- Moram da priznam da mi je bilo jako neobično da ponovo zaigram na turniru od 75.000 dolara. U nekom smislu to je mnogo bolje za mene jer ću da vratim samopouzdanje i sigurnost u igri protiv slabijih igračica. Moj rang je veoma loš i limitirana sam po pitanju turnira, ne mogu da biram gde ću igrati. Zato sam odlučila da ne sedim kući i čekam šest meseci da mi neko ponudi vajld kartu, nego da počnem da igram ono što mogu. Prihvatila sam poziv Italijana i verujem da ću uskoro početi da pobeđujem, da pravim sve bolje rezultate i polko se penjem na listi kako bih uskoro mogla rangom da ulazim na jača takmičenja.

Naporno je trenirala poslednjih mesec i po dana, sada joj samo nedostaju mečevi.

- Poslednjih šest nedelja, koliko se nisam takmičila, samo sam trenirala, sve vreme sam provela u Monte Karlu. Nisam mogla ništa drugo da radim jer nisam mogla da uđem ni u jedan turnir. Čekala sam da prođe Vimbldon i krenu takmičenja ovog ranga. Dosta sam izgubila osećaj za mečeve, ali sam sigurna da će uskoro sve biti u redu. Trudiću se maksimalno da što pre počnu rezultati i očekujem da ću već za tri nedelje do mesec dana početi uspon.

Jelena je iznenadila mnoge odbijanjem vajld karte za kvalifikacije gren-slema u Londonu.

- Za Vimbldon sam tražila vajld kartu za glavni turnir. Nisu mi je dali, a onda su me obavestili dva dana pred početak takmičenja da sam dobila za kvalifikacije. Odbila sam jer nisam imala dovoljno vremena da se pripremim za travu. Nisam igrala ni jedan turnir dugo pre toga i nisam htela da putujem a onda izgubim u prvom kolu. Da su me obavestili ranije, sigurno bih pristala.

Sa druge strane, prihvatila je pozivnicu za još jedan čelindžer u Italiji. Ponovo će pokušati već sledeće nedelje.

- Igraću još jedan turnir, 50.000 dolara u Kuneu. U planu imam i 50.000 u Francuskoj, a onda ću videti. Nije mi problem da igram male turnire, naprotiv. Devojke su uglavnom mlade, negde osetim i poštovanje. Ipak, svi uvek žele da me pobede, pa i na ovako malim turnirima. Na mom meču u Fanu je bilo i dosta ljudi u publici, to mi je značilo.

Kaže da je sve drugačije u odnosu na prošlu godinu. Promenila se u igri, ali i u glavi.

- Ljudi sa strane to možda ne mogu da primete, ali kod mene je definitivno sve drugačije. Prošla godina je bila jako teška, ništa mi nije išlo. Bila sam na malo turnira, sve je išlo nizbrdo, prestala sam da verujem u sebe... Sada je situacija drugačija. Nisam bila na mnogo takmičenja ni ove godine, ali je bolje. Forma još nije sjajna, ali je mnogo bolje nego ranije. Sigurna sam da će biti bolje - zaključila je puna optimizma.

Ne radim više sa Bornom Bikićem

Uprkos rečima organizatora u Fanu da je Borna Bikić u pratnji Dokićeve, ona tvrdi da to nije tačno.

- Sa Bornom sam prestala da radim pre četiri meseca u Indijen Velsu - istakla je. - Od tada sam sama, treniram sama, putujem sama. Niko ne radi sa mnom i za sada ne tražim trenera. Ako nađem nekog ko mi odgovara, razmisliću. Svaki trener je drugačiji, zato nije lako odmah naći pravog.

Lep uspeh plavih u Vimbldonu

PRVI put u sedam godina Dokićeva nije igrala na Vimbldonu, ali je pratila rezultate naših predstavnika.

- Veće iznenađenje su priredili teniseri nego devojke - komentarisala je učešće u trećem kolu gren-slema Jankovićeve, Ivanovićeve, Tipsarevića i Đokovića. - To je stvarno lep rezultat, mada mislim da je Ana trebalo da dobije Pirsovu, a Jelena Miskinu još lakše.

Lindzi Devenport i Venus Vilijems u finalu je ne iznenađuju.
- Mislim da su njih dve potpuno zasluženo u finalu. Na turniru nije bilo većih iznenađenja, a one su odigrale odlično.

Dogodine možda u Fed kupu

Dokićeva nije isključila mogućnost da sledeće godine ponovo igra u Fed kupu. Ako bi igrale Jelena Janković i Ana Ivanović, razmislila bi o predstavljanju Srbije i Crne Gore.

- Meni je na prvom mestu singl i primarno mi je da se vratim u formu - rekla je, i dodala da nije znala da je Tatjana Ječmenica izabrana za selektora ženske reprezentacije. - Međutim, ako bi se sve poklopilo i situacija bude dobra, volela bih da igram sa Jelenom i Anom. Mislim da plasman u Svetsku grupu nije mali zadatak, i sigurno bi bilo nemoguće kada jedna od njih ne bi igrala, tada ne bih ni ja pristala. Ipak, o tome još ne mogu da razmišljam jer moram da se posvetim turnirima.

Jedno je sigurno - neće uskoro doći u Srbiju.

- Sada mi predstoje turniri. Ne znam kada ću doći u Beograd, ne mogu da garantujem ni za predstojeću zimu.

Joana
Jul 3rd, 2005, 01:35 PM
A few highlights of the interview:
She asked for a MD wildcard at Wimbledon, but it was refused, and only 2 days before the start of the competition she found out she got a QD wildcard, so she didn't play because she didn't have enough time to practise on grass. Otherwise she would have accepted it.
She will play 50K challenger in Cuneo and another one in France.
She claims that she stopped working with Bikic at Indian Wells 4 months ago and that since then she practices and travels on her own, and she's not looking for a coach at the moment.
She might play Fed Cup for Serbia, but only if both Jankovic and Ivanovic play too.

vutt
Jul 3rd, 2005, 03:10 PM
Thanks Joana for translation.

Tati & Dani
Jul 3rd, 2005, 11:04 PM
i'm curious for those results in the challengers

MilanDokic
Jul 4th, 2005, 09:54 AM
Complete translation by Jelena Dokic LiVE (www.dokic-live.co.nr):

Once one of the best tennis players, Jelena Dokic played on a small tournament, in a small Italian town. If someone told her that she would at the age of 22, at the time she should have been a nightmare on the tennis courts, return to challengers, she would probably not believe.


However, she played for the first time after six years on the tournament with the prize of 75.000 $, with the wild card by the organizers in Fano.



- We can talk, but depend about what – was the first sentence of the girl, which is more then frightened by the media chase due to her present condition.

Fano is, maybe, the place of the new start and some other story for Dokic. Since Dubai 1999 until Fano 2005 her career included fantastic rise up to 4. place on the WTA list and sudden fall down to the place 400.



Jelena lost in Fano against Eva Birnerova in the first round, but she is not losing her fate. On the contrary.


- I have to admit that it was really strange for me to play again on the 75.000 $ tournament. In some sense it is much better for me since I will return my self-confidence and stability in playing against lower-ranked players. My ranking is very bad and my choice of tournaments is limited, I cannot choose where I am going to play. That's why I decided not to sit at home and wait for six months that someone offer me a wild card, but to start playing what I can. I accepted the invitation from Italians and expect that soon I am going to start wining, achieving better and better results and slowly rise through the ranks so that I could soon enter better tournaments.


She trained hard last month and a half, and now misses only matches.

- Last six weeks, when I didn't play, I only trained, I spent the whole time in Monte Carlo. I couldn't do anything else, since I couldn't enter any tournament. I waited for Wimbledon to finish and that competition of this rank start. I lost my sense for matches, but I am sure that everything is going to be all right. I will do my best to achieve god results as soon as possible and I expect that in three weeks or a month I will start to rise.


Jelena surprised everybody by refusing a wild card for the Grand Slam qualification in London.

- I asked for the wild card for the main draw in Wimbledon. They didn't give me, and then two days before the tournament start they informed me that I got it fot the qualification. I refused since I didn't have enough time to prepare for grass. I didn't play any tournament long time before that, so I didn't want to travel and then lose in the first round. If they informed me earlier, I would accept for sure.

In the other hand, she accepted one more invitation for a challenger in Italy. She will try already next week.

- I will play one more tournament, in Cuneo (50.000 $). I planed also one 50.000 $ tournament in France, and after that we will see. It is not the problem for me to play on small tournaments. On the contrary. Girls are mostly young, sometimes I feel they respect me. However, they all always want to beat me, even on such small tournaments. During my play in Fano there were lots of people, and that meant a lot to me.



She says that everything is different comparing the last year. She changed not only her game, but also her mind.

- People maybe cannot notice that, but everything concerning me is different. Last year was very hard, nothing went the way it should. I played on few tournaments only, everything went wrong, I stoped believing in myself… The whole situation is now different. I haven't been on many tournaments this year also, but it is better. My shape is still not great, but it is much better then before. I am confident that it is going to be better - concluded she optimistically.

I don't work with Borna Bikic any more

Although organizers from Fano said that Borna Bikic accompanied Ms Dokic, she denied that information.

- I stoped working with Borna four months ago, in Indian Wells – she said. – Since then I am alone, I train alone, I travel alone. No one works with me and for now I don't look for the trainer. If I find someone who suits me, I am going to think about it. Every trainer is different, that's why it is not easy to find the right one.



Success of our players in Wimbledon

For the first time in last seven years Ms Dokic didn't play on Wimbledon, but she was following the results of our players.

- Boys made a bigger surprise then girls - that was the comment on the qualification to the third round of the Grand Slam of Jankovic, Ivanovic, Tipsarevic and Djokovic. – That is really great result, although I think that Ana should have won Pirs, and Jelena should have won Miskina even easier.

The final Lindsay Davenport vs. Venus Williams is not a surprise for her.


- In my opinion, two of them absolutely deserved to play in the final. There haven't been bigger surprises on the tournament, and they played excellently.

Next year maybe in the Fed Cup

Ms Dokic didn't ruled out the possibility to play again in Fed Cup next year. If Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic would play, she would think about playing for Serbia and Montanegro.

- The singl matches are for me most important, and my primary goal is to return to shape - she said, adding that she didn't know that Tatjana Jecmenica is a new national trainer. – However, if everything goes well, I would love to play with Jelena and Ana. I think that the qualification to the World League is not an easy task, and that it would certainly be impossible if one of them didn't play, in that case I would not accept either. But, that's something I still cannot think about, since I have to focus on the tournaments.

One thing is for sure – she will not come to Serbia soon.

-Tournaments are in front of me. I don't know when I am going to come to Belgrade, I cannot even guarantee for the next winter.

King Aaron
Jul 4th, 2005, 03:42 PM
Thanks for the translation(s). :)