Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

Tennis Masters Series of Rome 2000 (Italian Open)
Rome, Italy
18 May, 2000
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2000 FORO ITALICO - Tennis Masters Series of Rome

ROME, ITALY
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 
that?

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 
support.

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 
to you?

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 
Yugoslavian?

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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