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: VENUS WILLIAMS


Q. Did you have some problem with your wrist?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, no. I felt fine. No problems.

Q. Venus, were you surprised by the way she played tonight?

VENUS WILLIAMS: She played quite well. No, not really because usually she plays 
pretty solid tennis and I expected her to play quite well. But she played too 
good today. That's all I could say.

Q. Did you watch her play before?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, I had not. I've seen her, of course. I'm a tennis player.

Q. And what was the problem with your game, if there was one?

VENUS WILLIAMS: You know, I wasn't getting a rhythm. Things were clear in my 
mind how I wanted to play, but I wasn't playing that way. So it was a little bit 
frustrating because I know how to play but I wasn't doing that, and she played 
quite well. I didn't get into the match. I wasn't serving the way I can. But I'm 
going to practice the rest of this week, I'm going to practice next week and be 
ready for the French Open.

Q. Would you compare the feeling you have now with the one you had in Hamburg, 
the fact that you don't manage to do what you want to do?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah. Yeah, it's better than Hamburg. I'm feeling better than 
Hamburg. But, you know, it's like my mind is there but my body isn't there yet; 
I'm still catching up. I know what I want to do. I watched a lot of tennis when 
I was off. I'm thinking it, but it's not always coming, and so that's tough. I'm 
trying.

Q. I mean, you didn't seem really angry. I'm glad you're smiling.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah.

Q. After you lost, you should be a little bit more --

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, you know, there's no need to come in here crying and upset 
and bitter. I can do that after the press conference.

Q. Where are you going to prepare for the French Open?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I'm going to stay here a few more days then head to 
France. That's the plan.

Q. And what are your expectations for the tournament?

VENUS WILLIAMS: For the French?

Q. Yes.

VENUS WILLIAMS: I expect to do a lot better than what I did here. You know, I go 
in to each match expecting to play well, expecting to win, expecting just to 
start off from where I dropped off in November, but that, you know, just takes 
some time and I'm just trying to figure it out. It's tough to say. You know, 
unless you've been where I am before, it's tough to say how it feels.

Q. When you started to play at Hamburg, it was a comeback. Did you imagine that 
it would be maybe so difficult to get back?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, not at all.

Q. No?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No. I really just thought I was going to come back and start 
playing tennis. I am playing tennis, but not the kind of tennis I want to play. 
So everyone keeps saying it takes time. For me, I really don't understand that. 
For me, it just seems like I should be playing perfect.

Q. Can you speak about the frustration, anger?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I came back a different player at this point. Because of 
my past, I'm going to be more calm and more readily able to accept mistakes. But 
right now, I can't accept it. I don't want to deal with mistakes and losses and 
that's unnecessary for me now. I feel different from before.

Q. Is there an urgency, what makes it feel different? After the match, you were 
being consoled. What were you saying, what were you feeling at that point?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I was just talking to my mom. You know?

Q. She have any wisdom you'd want to share with us?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No. No.


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