Q. At the start of that match, it didn't look as though you were going to be struggling the way you did. How do you explain the way the match fluctuated so much?
JELENA DOKIC: I had a good first set, but I made a few mistakes in the first game of the second on my serve and I lost my serve. I think that's where things turned around. And she kept on getting better and better, and I was getting too defensive. I was too tight and too nervous. You know, when you lose the second set, no matter how good you played in the first, you know, you're even. You know, it was difficult, and the court wasn't great. She's not easy to play. She hits the ball very flat. You know, when you get in a third set, you know, it's not easy to play her. And I lost to her before. So, you know, I had to try to find a way to get back. You have to try to win when you're not playing well.
Q. At one point you were two points away from defeat. Did you think you may lose at that stage?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, definitely. When I got broken at 5-All, I was really mentally down because I had so many chances in the third set to get up 3-Love. But she played three, four very bad points there, so I was lucky there. You know, after that I was on top again.
Q. Do you know why you were so nervous, so tight?
JELENA DOKIC: No. I mean, I played a good first set. It was quick. So I thought maybe I would win a little bit easier. But she got better. She isn't easy to play against. I don't know. When you get into a situation when it's a third set in a Grand Slam, you know you're supposed to win, you know, it's not so easy.
Q. It's been quite a dramatic day in terms of big players going out. Is this sort of a warning to not only yourself but other female players?
JELENA DOKIC: I think it's always a warning the last few years in the Grand Slams, in the tournaments. I think the matches are getting so much tougher. You know, you always have to be awake. There's no easy matches. There's no 6-Love, 6-Love or 6-1, 6-1. You know, it doesn't exist anymore. So you have to be ready early on. There's so many good players. You know, I think for me, I mean, being two points away from losing, and coming back, I'm just glad that I won the match. You know, I actually thought I lost already pretty much. So, I mean, it's not a good thing to say, but, you know, it's not easy.
Q. You've been on the other side when you've just been up-and-coming, no one had ever heard of you, you managed to pull off some good wins. How does it feel when you're someone who came so close but has failed?
JELENA DOKIC: You know, it's tough when you're supposed to win because the pressure's on you. And when you have some players that just go out and, you know, hit, you know, don't worry about anything, then it's not so easy. But then sometimes you feel like you have the edge over them because you're supposed to win. So there's both sides. You know, I've been in situations where I wasn't supposed to win, and I've been in situations where I'm supposed to win. So I've had both. It's just very mental. Tennis is very mental. So you have to get over that and try to go out there and play.
Q. What was it about the court that you didn't think was very good?
JELENA DOKIC: It was very slippery. I haven't played on a grass court like that at Wimbledon. I've played a few matches here, but it was very slippery. The grass, it wasn't so good. Maybe from the men's match before, I don't know. But I've never seen it that way before.
Q. How highly do you rate your prospects here, bearing in mind you have Jennifer and Serena in your section of the draw? Do you think you can do any damage here?
JELENA DOKIC: I'm not worried about that. I'm just going a match at a time. You know, the next one's important for me. I've done well here, so, you know, as a seed, you know, I'm supposed to be in the quarters at least. So it's a long way to go still. I'm just going a match at a time. You know, see how well I can do.
Q. Since you moved from Australia to Saddle Brook and possibly Belgrade, do you feel more comfortable with your lifestyle? Is that one of the reasons why you've reached the No. 7 in the world now?
JELENA DOKIC: Definitely. I think I'm a different person. I mean, my life has turned around and changed a lot since then. You know, I'm glad I did what I did. I don't regret anything. And I'm a much better person. I'm a lot happier. The last year and a half, you know, have been amazing, and I've done well, and I'm happy.
Q. Will we see you back in Australia for the Australian Open?
JELENA DOKIC: I don't think so.
Q. Any reason for that? It is a Grand Slam.
JELENA DOKIC: It is. I've stated my reasons already for that. Right now, you know, I don't feel like I'm going to go back. I don't want to go back at this stage. You know, I doubt things would change, but you never know.
Q. The tennis is all quite consuming. It's fairly full on once it starts here. How do you relax the times when you're not practicing?
JELENA DOKIC: Well, Grand Slams, you know, you play a lot, especially when you're in all of the events. I've tried to cut back and not play doubles or mixed or anything. I think the schedule's very full right now. Whether it's a Grand Slam or any other tournaments, there's a lot of tennis to be played. I think mentally and physically, you burn out quickly. I've tried to just play singles. You know, on my days off, just try and, you know, see tennis as less as possible, just go and do other things. Otherwise, you know, I'll be out of here in two, three years. So I don't want that.
Q. Do you watch TV, go out?
JELENA DOKIC: I mean, you go to movies. You just try and go and do other things, try not to be at the tennis courts all the time.
Q. Dad hasn't been on the tour very much this year. Do you still call him your coach? Is he the biggest influence in your life both on and off the court?
JELENA DOKIC: He has always been an influence to me, you know, a huge one on and off the court. You know, I wouldn't have got here without him, and I have everything to thank him for. You know, I love him the way he is. You know, if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be where I am. So, you know, he hasn't been traveling that much in the last year or so. He has other things that he's doing. But, you know, he's still my dad and my coach and everything. He always has been and he always will be.
Q. Are you going to stay at Saddle Brook permanently and use Belgrade as a European base?
JELENA DOKIC: No, we've moved to Yugoslavia completely.
Q. You're out of Saddle Brook now?
JELENA DOKIC: Yes.
Q. You're obviously very happy about that?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, definitely. You know, we thought about that a lot, and I've always wanted to go back. That's where I'm from. I'm happy with that decision. You know, I love being over there. Like I said, you know, I wouldn't have -- you know, we wouldn't have moved and made the decision if, you know, we weren't a hundred percent sure. So I love being over there. I love everything about it. You know, I think it's showed in my tennis, too.
Q. Is your father here this week?
JELENA DOKIC: No.
jelena will face daniela in the forth round
GOOD LUCK JELO
Jun 30th, 2002, 06:42 AM
Go Jelena, keep it up! :D
Good luck against Daniela :D
Jun 30th, 2002, 08:34 AM
Good luck Jeca !!
Jun 30th, 2002, 11:04 AM
heres jelas interview
J. DOKIC/N. Dechy
Q. Do you think you need to be slightly more ruthless out there?
JELENA DOKIC: It's a difficult match. She's not easy to play against. She played well in the first set to come back. You know, every time I had a set point, she got a let cord. I couldn't do much there.
You know, she played well to come back. After 5-All, I lifted my game up a little bit more. I was a lot happier today than the other day.
Q. Is it a matter of mental toughness when you're down nine set points and you can't put her away?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, it was difficult, because I knew I had chances. But on some of them she got let cords and she played some good points. When you get to 5-All, I was a little bit down, which is normal, because I had 5-2.
You know, it was important to win my serve there and then I broke her. You know, I was back on top again.
You know, I was actually happy because I kept on playing. Even though I knew I should have won that first set easier, sometimes that can get you down and can you lose that set. But I was happy with the way I handled it.
Q. Your gradual improvement in the three games, where do you think you're at after three matches?
JELENA DOKIC: It's not bad. I'm not playing bad. I'm happy. I've gotten better with every match. Today was a tougher one for me, so to win it in straight sets is great. You know, hopefully I can keep on going.
Q. You must be happy that you've got two of the most attractive girls on the circuit coming up in the next match, yourself and DanielaHantuchova. How do you see that as the glamour match of the tournament?
JELENA DOKIC: Well, I mean, we're out there to play tennis. Everything else, you know, is a bonus. You know, if someone thinks you look good, that's great. But I think the main thing is, you know, we're not out there -- we're both going to go out there and compete and try to beat each other, so...
All the rest, if you can be attractive and look good and people think that, that's great.
Q. Were you happy to be on Centre Court after being stuck on the outside courts and having a few problems? You said the other day the court was a bit slippery.
JELENA DOKIC: I've had good courts. Court 2 or Court 3 I played on the first match, Court 18. They're all show courts. I was actually surprised that I was on Centre Court. You know, but I've done well here, so it was good to be back on Centre. It's a great court.
Q. How did it play?
JELENA DOKIC: It was great.
Q. Are you representing yourself now without a management group? How is that going for you?
JELENA DOKIC: My dad is doing all that. I am in a legal situation right now with Octagon in court. But my dad is handling everything.
Q. What were your reasons for leaving Octagon?
JELENA DOKIC: You would have to talk to my dad about that. There were a lot of problems I had with a lot of people, so it's just to do it the legal way.
Q. With your dad not at tournaments now, who is, shall we say, coaching you? Is it important to have a strategy going into matches? Who is doing that with you now?
JELENA DOKIC: I worked a lot with my dad. So even when he's not here, you know, I talk to him during the day a lot. I know what I have to do. I've gotten used to that. But I know a lot of the players, and so does he. So we talk about matches and what I have to do. It's been good the way it is right now.
Q. Are there any particular players that you like to practice with or talk to?
JELENA DOKIC: Not really. I practice with a lot of players. You know, you have to get used to that. A lot of practice sessions, so you practice with everyone.
Q. Going back on coaches, in your formative years, your seven years in Australia, you had some of the best down there, Barry, Tony and Wally. How much do you think you owe to them to where you are now as the No. 7 player in the world?
JELENA DOKIC: You know, I've had a lot of coaches.
Q. Those were three of the best.
JELENA DOKIC: I'm going to judge that, not you. You know, I had a lot of help from them. I'm not saying I didn't. It was great while it lasted. You know, it helped me. I'm not saying it didn't. I got a lot of help from them. I learned a lot, especially the last coach that I had, Tony.
You know, I made a lot of improvement there.
Q. Would you give yourself the edge over Hantuchova on grass?
JELENA DOKIC: You know she hits hard. She has a good serve. But I think if I'm fit, if I play well, I give myself a good chance. Just depending, you know, she can be hot and cold. She can be up and down. You just have to take advantage of that.
I just have to keep the ball in play and see what happens.
Q. How important is it for you at this tournament now to step up to another level, maybe push onto the semis or beat one of the Top 5 players or even get to the final?
JELENA DOKIC: Next match is important for me to get through, and I'll be very happy if I get through it and get to the quarters, and then I'll look forward.
But I think the next one, you know, is very important for me. I think if I play well, I have a good chance to win. I really want to win the next match, so I'm just focusing on that.
Q. There's been reports linking you to the Formula 1 racing driver Enrique Benoldi. Any truth in those?
JELENA DOKIC: If I wasn't a tennis player, you wouldn't be talking to me right now. So why don't you think of a question that is your business, and you can ask me that.
Q. Who is over here with you, Savo?
JELENA DOKIC: No. He's home with my dad.
Q. Your mom?
JELENA DOKIC: And my fitness trainer.
Q. What's his name?
JELENA DOKIC: Mike.
Q. Is that sort of the price of fame, those kind of questions?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. I mean, you have to get used to that. You know, as a tennis player, you do a lot of media, a lot of questions get thrown at you, but that's normal and you have to deal with that. I've dealt with a lot of that already. You know, it's normal, especially if you get to be in the Top 10 or Top 5, that's what happens. You know, you have to get used to answering those questions.
Q. With the respect and the love that you have for your father, are we likely to see him back on tour sooner rather than later?
JELENA DOKIC: I think so, yeah. He has some other things that he's doing right now, so I think, you know, it would be up to him. I'm sure he will travel again, no doubt about that. You know, I'm sure you'll see him back.
Q. John McEnroe said in his book that you have to be a little bit selfish in order to be a champion, in order to survive on the tour. How do you feel about that?
JELENA DOKIC: That's true. I think tennis is very competitive right now. We're competing for a lot out there. You know, it's a lot more than selfish that you have to be. You know, it's tough to survive. Everyone wants to beat everyone. So, I mean, I would agree with that.
Q. Do you feel like you have to be that way both in your job and off the court? Does it transfer over?
JELENA DOKIC: No. I think when you're on the court, that's different. Off the court -- I'm a different person from on the court and off the court. You know, you just have to change your mind, the way you think - on the court, be aggressive, you know, or serious, whatever.
But, you know, I don't think -- you know, some people are like that off the court, as well. But I don't think I'm like that. As long as you can do it on the court...
Q. Compared to the more physically stronger players to yourself, Capriati and Williams, what do you think is the key to beating these types of players?
JELENA DOKIC: I think Martina is a perfect example. You know, she didn't have the power. But you have to try -- you know, players that don't have power have something else. They've dominated the tennis the last couple years, and tennis really has gotten a lot stronger and quicker.
I think a lot of players have gotten physically stronger, too. You know, it's hard to play against them, but you just have to go out there and, you know, chase every ball, you know, hope that you have a good day. You know, we've seen players upset them. You know, there's not much you can do. You just have to hang in there.
Q. Do you think that parents tend to be underrated as coaches? If you look at yourself, Venus, Serena, Jennifer, Martina, you all have parents as coaches. Do you think people tend to think a formal coach has to be brought in?
JELENA DOKIC: No, I'm definitely a person that agrees, you know, parents are definitely underestimated. You know, you have -- out of the Top 10, you have so many players that are coached by their parents. You have so many top players that would be following their daughters and sons not even in tennis. So I think that has nothing to do with that.
I think we've seen a lot of examples where parents have been coaches. I think Venus and Serena are a perfect example. They're No. 1 and 2 in the world. No one can complain.
Q. Do you think tennis academies are overrated? Do you think that's not necessary to get ahead?
JELENA DOKIC: Sometimes it is. But I think maybe, you know, just depends on the individual. But I think last, you know, five years or so, we've seen a lot of parents come into the picture. So I wouldn't say that coaches and academies are exactly the perfect thing to be a top player.
Q. Was there any specific reason of going the full circle from where you are now in Belgrade to Sydney to Wesley Chapel and then back again? It's a checkerboard move.
JELENA DOKIC: Well, you never know what's going to happen tomorrow. So I had some decisions to make. You know, I didn't have an easy situation. So I think, you know, I had to go a day at a time. That's what I did.
You know, going to Australia and then to America and then back home, I had to do that, and I had no other choice at the time. And I'm happy, you know, with the way everything worked out.
You know, I couldn't change that. You know, those are the decisions I had to make. You know, I don't regret them. But, you know, it's not like I planned it 10 years ahead. I just went a day at a time
Jun 30th, 2002, 11:05 AM
jelena will play on monday on court18 against dani
Jul 1st, 2002, 10:05 AM
Good luck !!!
Jul 2nd, 2002, 07:55 AM
jelena lost against dani 4-6 7-5
Jul 2nd, 2002, 07:56 AM
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Jul 2nd, 2002, 07:59 AM
heres jelenas interview after her loss against dani
D. HANTUCHOVA/J. Dokic
Q. Were you surprised to go out? Were you surprised to lose today?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, a little bit. You know, I was just not happy with the way I played because I could have played a lot better. You know, I just didn't play well enough to win. If I did, I think I would have won.
Q. The rain came at the wrong time for you, because you were just getting ahead in that second set?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I think that made a difference. Because I was in that second set. I think I would have won it. It would have been a whole different story in that third set. The rain delay didn't help. So I think that's where things turned around. You know, after that, I lost my momentum. I just, you know -- I didn't play well enough.
Q. Will you tell us what happened? There was quite a long delay. Play started on the other courts.
JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. They said it was still slippery, so...
Q. How far do you think Daniela might be able to go here this year? Is she good enough to go any further against Serena maybe?
JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. Depending how Serena plays. You know, I don't know. Just depends. I think -- I mean, a lot depends on how Serena plays. I think if she plays well enough, it will be hard to beat her. I think Serena's going into the match as a favorite. You'd have to favor her. It all depends.
Q. When you say, "If she plays well enough," you're referring to Serena?
JELENA DOKIC: Yes.
Q. What was it you found hard to deal with against Daniela?
JELENA DOKIC: Not to deal with. I think it was pretty much everything I did. I didn't move as well and I just made too many errors. I was really, really tight. I didn't feel good. That's where I lost the match. It wasn't so much that I played well, and she was just too good, it was not like that.
Q. In the first set you made a lot of errors.
JELENA DOKIC: Even the first set after I came back after the rain, I couldn't get into rallies. I pretty much gave a lot of points away.
Q. What happens now? Will you stay in London?
JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. I have no idea. I do
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