Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
Hyundai Hopman Cup XIII
05 January, 2000
SCHETT-KOUBEK / Dokic-Philippoussis, 7-5, 6-3
HYUNDAI HOPMAN CUP 2000 : January 1 - January 8 2000
AUSTRALIA vs AUSTRIA
5 January 2000
Jelena what was the problem mid way through the match when you had
to call the trainer out?
I just had a bit of a tight back and hamstrings, it has been
bothering me since this morning, I have been getting treatment on it
and it got better before the match, I guess as the match went on and
we played more and it got more tight, it just tightened up a bit
......it is fine, nothing serious.
You must be pretty proud the way you got yourself out of trouble in
Yes, I guess so I still could of played much better, but it is good
to come back out of a match like that and win, especially against a
player like her, a top 10 player, you know I get my confidence back
She seemed to get quite aggravated by a couple of close line calls,
did that give you more inspiration when you saw her getting
unsettled a bit?
Yes, but I mean, every ball that was close she sort of argued about
it, but that is just the way it is and you have to cope with it, and
you know sometimes when matches get close she gets a bit like that,
I mean I have played her before and she has done it, but you just
have to get on with your game.
What do you put your bad start down to?
I just went into the match, not negative, just wasn't in it, didn't
play well, she played a pretty good first set and she served well,
and I just started getting a few more balls back and missing a bit
less and I got back and fought my way through it.
Mark are you pretty happy with your game, despite a little slump in
Yes, I was quite happy with the way I started, an early break always
settles you down and I was a little disappointed with myself for the
way I lost concentration in the middle of the second set, but that
is why it is great playing these matches and being here just to get
that out of the way because obviously I can't let that happen in the
So obviously Australia are still alive to get in and defend their
cup - where as yesterday things were looking a bit gloomy - do you
feel much more confident now about what is ahead in the next couple
Mark: You know anything can happen, Jelena played a lot better today
so we are looking forward to the mixed and we will try and get a win
under our belts, but it is a lot of fun and I am just looking
forward to it.
Mark, there is talk that you had a bit of a neck strain, woke up
with that this morning - how is that?
Yes, it is good, I woke up this morning and couldn't move my neck at
all. I went out on the court at 1pm and tried to hit and stopped
after 2 minutes and said, I am not playing tonight, I couldn't move
my neck at all. I went and saw Noel Patterson, just put that name
out, he did a good job, but I feel incredible now, he did a great
job and you know, before the match I was looking 50/50, but I got it
straightened out and no complaints.
Are you going to get that checked out some more Mark, or is that it?
Well obviously he loosened it up, he said it came from just a bit of
tightness in the back but, I fell like a million dollars now, it is
Jelena, would you regard that as one of the best recoveries you have
ever had in a match, where you have dug yourself out of a really bad
Yes, I have done it a few times, I have got to say, but it was good
to come back after being a break down in the third set, and she has
been winning her service games comfortably, to break her at 4-3 and
come back and fight my way through it, I mean she is a tough
opponent and she has got a lot more experience than me and is older
than me, but like I said, it is good to come back in the match like
that and win it, it gives you confidence especially at the beginning
of the year, and you know, it is good to get a win after yesterday.
What can you say about your next opponents Kucera and Nagyova?
Jelena: It is going to be a tough match, like any other is, but I
think we have good chances, I played a bit better in my singles
today than yesterday, so hopefully I will improve a bit more for,
whenever Friday, and I think we have good chances, anything can
happen, I know I am looking forward to it and it should be a good
Mark: He is a tough player and I am looking forward to a good match.
Have you played Kucera before?
You came back from 5-2 (Mark: 5-1 down, last set, Paris indoors,
Did it worry you at all today that given your great concentration in
the Davis Cup that it wondered a bit in the second or was it
You know it is always tough coming back in the first couple of
matches, like I said, I always know the first couple of matches are
going to be tough, Koubek is a tough player he is a great counter
puncher and he hit some great shots, he is so strong, his defensive
side. I am happy the way I played, and obviously I can't let that
slip and let that happen to me in the Aussie Open and that is why
you are playing matches now to get that out of the way and make sure
it doesn't happen.
The interview article quoted from Hyundai Hopman Cup official website.