Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
Roland Garros 2000
29 May, 2000
Roland Garros 2000 - News and Photos
Monday, May 29, 2000
J. DOKIC/ T. Pisnik 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4
Q. Doing it the hard way a little bit today?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. I mean, I had a bit of a slow start, then
started to come back in that first set. Then, I mean, it was a
tough match physically and mentally, but, you know, I was down
and I came back in the last two sets and I should have done,
you know -- I shouldn't have done it that way. It seemed like
I always played well when I was down, but, you know, it was
tough out there. The conditions were tough.
But all together, you know, I'm glad to get through. I have a
few more things to work on, but, you know, sometimes you got
to win the hard way.
Q. What do you feel you need to improve in your game to go any
JELENA DOKIC: I think altogether my game today wasn't too bad.
I've been playing quite well. But like I said, the conditions
were tough. I'm still a little bit on the serve, and just to
take my chances when I have them and not get down and then,
you know, have to start playing to come back.
And I had a few lapses in there. But overall, I think, you
know, for me, it wasn't such a bad match. Straight up a tough
one, which in a way is good, but in a way you like to, you
know, win it if you can easy. So...
Q. It must have been pleasing to come back as you did in a
long, long match like that. That must be something positive
you can take out of it, that you fought back so well?
JELENA DOKIC: Well, like I said, you know, I was down in the
last two sets. I really shouldn't have probably won neither of
them, you know. I was well out of the match. But the thing was
for me which was good was I was always positive and I believed
in myself that I could actually come back and win the match. I
took it a point at a time.
You know, she had, you know, she was two points away from the
match and, you know, it doesn't get much closer than that to
losing. So, I mean, the positive thing is that I fought and
came back, which is good. And it gives me, you know -- to come
out as a winner out of a match like that gives me confidence.
But, you know, hopefully in my next match if I do win,
hopefully I'll win it a bit easier.
Q. Do you think fitness had something to do with it in the
end? She seemed to be struggling a little bit at the end and
you seemed to lift your game quite a lot.
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I think, you know, she was up 3-love, 4-1
up a game, she had 40-15 and 30-love. Like I said, she had so
many chances to win the match.
But I think also it was mentally tough as well. I was tough
hanging in there. And fitness-wise, you know, a long match --
I like playing long matches, I mean, if it gets to it. I can
last. I've never had problems.
And I think fitness probably did have something to do with it,
both mentally and physically also because the match was just
so tough mentally as well. I mean on clay you've got to grind
out points, she got a lot of balls back, but I just stayed
Q. What about your serve? You served a few doubles that you
could have done without. Is that the wind or you've had
problems with your serve lately?
JELENA DOKIC: No, I think I've improved my serve. But, again,
like I said, the conditions were very tough. And also on clay,
it's hard to, you know, hit big serves and get free points. I
don't think I got any free points off my serve today which
sometimes gets frustrating, but you've got to deal with that.
I still could definitely do, you know, without those few
double-faults, but sometimes it happens. Like I said, the
conditions were tough. There was a lot of wind out there, but,
you know, sometimes that happens.
Q. Could you tell me a word about your opponent? You know her
quite well, you played Wimbledon together last year, you
practiced a lot together. How difficult is it for you to play
an official match against a player that you know so well?
JELENA DOKIC: Well, you know, we played together in the
Juniors and we played a quarterfinal junior match here one
year two years ago. I've known her for a long time. We've
played a lot of doubles together. It's always tough to come
out and play a match against somebody who you know good off
and on the court and somebody who you talk a lot with, and,
you know, deal with every day.
Probably sometimes it gets frustrating because, you know, you
know the person and you probably think, you know, you should
be beating them or you could be. But like I said, you've got
to deal with that. We might play doubles together again
somewhere, but, you know, sometimes you have to play those
matches and they're tough, but...
Q. What's your coaching arrangement at the moment, and who's
here with you with your family? What's the entourage position
at the moment?
JELENA DOKIC: I'm hitting with Tony Roche. I hit with him this
morning so, you know, I'm trying to do as much work with him
as I can. And, you know, he's helped me a lot and even at the
tournaments where he wasn't, we spoke with each other every
day. He'd try and, you know, see how it was going in my
matches and, you know, just -- I mean I've been in contact
with him all the time, which is great. And my family are here.
Q. All of them?
JELENA DOKIC: All of them: My mom, dad and my brother, which
is, again, great because, you know, I don't think I've been
home for like six months, so it's tough sometimes. But they're
coming here in the next few tournaments, which is great.
The interview article quoted from Roland Garros 2000 Official Website.