Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
Tennis Masters Series of Rome 2000 (Italian Open)
18 May, 2000
2000 FORO ITALICO - Tennis Masters Series of Rome
May 18, 2000
J. DOKIC/ V. Williams 6-1, 6-2
An interview with: JELENA DOKIC
Q. It was a very impressive win. Is it the best you've had since Wimbledon first
round last year?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, definitely. I think, you know, to beat a Top 5 player at a
tournament like this, and I played well, too. So it was an important match I
think. I've been, you know, playing well the last couple of months and I played
well here this week and, you know, my confidence has been growing. So I believed
that I could win that match out there today and I did, which is great.
Q. Have you hit with that much power and accuracy for such a stretch before?
JELENA DOKIC: No, probably not. I've been, you know, working on my game very
hard for the last about six months to improve my game. It was just a matter of
time to start doing it in matches and get confident. And I think, you know, a
few matches make a big difference, and I went out there in the match today
confident that I could win and if I played my game that, you know, Venus was
beatable. And, like I said, I've been playing the last couple of months and my
confidence is growing and I feel great out there.
Q. You know that you will even win here in Rome. I mean, Lindsay Davenport is
out and Pierce is out, so you could win this tournament. What do you think about
JELENA DOKIC: I think a lot depends on the match tomorrow. That will be probably
one of the tougher matches and a very tough opponent. And, you know, the match
tonight, you know, I played well, it's given me confidence. There's still a few
things to improve on. If I play well tomorrow, I mean, I think there's a good
chance for me to get at least to the Final. And, you know, it's very hard to say
at the moment because there's just, you know, still great players in the
tournament. The Quarterfinals, even if I did that, it's a long way to go and I'm
just taking it a match at a time.
Q. Have you talked with Tony Roche before the match? And if yes, has he given
you some particular suggestions?
JELENA DOKIC: I spoke to him after my second match, I had -- it's been a day
since I spoke to him. But, you know, we just talked about, you know, how my game
has been going and what we've been working on. And like I said, if I do what
I've been working on, I should be doing well in tournaments. And the last couple
of months I, you know, I've done that. And, you know, I think I believe that I
could go out there and win that match today and I think so did he. But, you
know, there's always -- I mean playing someone like Venus, she's a tough
competitor. But, you know, he's given me a lot of confidence and a lot of
Q. You got to 4-Love in the second set, then it came up to 4-2, then Love-30.
Was there a little letdown there, sort of a catching-breath situation?
JELENA DOKIC: Well, I think the crucial game was when I lost my serve at 4-Love,
but I was still, you know, a break up. She held the serve 4-2. In Love-30 I was
sort of rushing a little bit. I felt like, you know, everything had to go quick
and then she got a, you know, she got a few games. So I slowed down a little
bit. I think I played a good game there to come back, which was good. But if I
didn't hold, it would have been very tough, a different story. Anything could
have happened. But I think mentally I was tough there, and I've been tough in my
matches, long games I've been trying to win, and, you know, break serves and
hold my serve. And that's also helped me I think a lot, too.
Q. After Wimbledon last year, your results weren't all that good until recently,
so how important was it to get back tonight against an opponent of this caliber
JELENA DOKIC: I think after Wimbledon I, you know, had a few tough matches, you
know, maybe I could have won some of those but, you know, I played well for, you
know, a couple of years and I think mentally and physically I just wasn't there
in a few tournaments, then that sort of let me down a little bit and my
confidence was down. But, like I said, I've been, you know, even if I lose in a
tournament, I've been working hard and working on my game and I knew that, you
know, eventually it would come together because I think it's just, you know,
confidence. That's all it was. And, you know, I had some -- I had two good
tournaments just recently and I've had three good wins. It's helped me a lot to
come into this tournament, and I've played three consistently good matches here
and hopefully I'm back on track. But I think it's working out because what I've
been working on with Tony Roche is, you know, I've been trying to put that into
matches, you know, win or lose. And I knew that if I did that, you know, I'll
get back on track.
Q. Is it right that you don't want to play in the Olympic Games for Australia?
JELENA DOKIC: No. I played Fed Cup this year and if everything works out and I'm
healthy, I'll play.
Q. Do you speak with Monica Seles sometimes and do you speak in English or
JELENA DOKIC: Mostly English, a bit of both sometimes. I see her around locker
rooms, I've spoken to her before. You know, we had a few conversations, you
know, about tennis and, you know, different things before. So we know each other
and -- but I think just like everybody, I try to talk to everyone.
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