Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

The Championships 2000
Wimbledon, Great Britain
03 July, 2000

Official Site of The Championships, Wimbledon by IBM - News

            Jelena Dokic
            Monday, July 3, 2000

            J. DOKIC / K. Brandi 6-1, 6-3

            MODERATOR: Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. Jelena Dokic. 

            Q. Did you think in your wildest dreams that you could repeat your 
            splendid achievement of last year and reach another quarterfinal?

            JELENA DOKIC: I guess I was always hoping, but it was always going 
            to be very tough, you know, under the circumstances. The fact that I 
            did very well last year, there was probably a lot of pressure on me 
            to do well here again. You know, I was taking it match by match, 
            just hoping I'll play well and get into form. It's great that I did 
            it again. You know, I think I can go maybe at least another round.

            Q. What do you mean by "tough under the circumstances"? 

            JELENA DOKIC: With the fact that I did so well last year, I think 
            people were expecting me to do very well again. There was a lot of 
            pressure on me to come back and, you know, do well again because I 
            did so well here last year.

            Q. Was it more difficult this year, playing lower -ranked opponents?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, definitely. Lower-ranked opponents can play very 
            well against me because they've got nothing to lose. They're very 
            tough to play against sometimes. Sometimes it's even better to play 
            the higher-ranked players. I feel like, you know, I like to play the 
            higher-ranked players better than the lower-ranked players because I 
            go out there with the thinking, you know, "I've got nothing to lose. 
            I can actually win these matches." You know, no matter who you play, 
            I think it's tough. To come back here again two years in a row to 
            make the quarters, it's great.

            Q. So is there a sense of relief that you've got this far as well as 
            the pride of having done it?

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, not yet. I don't think so. You know, I'm not 
            satisfied -- I mean, I'm satisfied that I'm doing well, but, you 
            know, I think I can, you know, even win the next round. I've been 
            playing quite well. I've been very tough mentally as well in my 
            matches. I feel really good.

            Q. How are you looking at the Serna match? What do you feel you've 
            got that can beat her?

            JELENA DOKIC: I've played her once and beat her, but that was a 
            while ago. I haven't played her since. You know, she's a 
            left-hander, tough to play. But, you know, I think I can win that 
            match for sure, you know, if I play well. I think the one today was 
            probably, you know, one of the tougher ones so far because, you 
            know, she makes you play a lot. You know, I think I did very well 
            with the score.

            Q. Can you tell us about your coaching arrangement at the moment? Is 
            it true that your father and yourself have parted ways with Tony 

            JELENA DOKIC: Yes. I'm not working with him, you know, anymore - not 
            here anyway. You know, whoever I can work with and find. My dad's 
            doing most of the, you know, work with me.

            Q. Why did you sack Tony?

            JELENA DOKIC: I think my dad and I thought it was something that we 
            should try, have a go at, just try a few things that we thought we 
            might try, a few things that we thought might work, just sort of, 
            you know, do our own thing without anybody else.

            Q. What was Tony's reaction?

            JELENA DOKIC: I spoke to him. I said to him, you know, what I 
            thought. I haven't spoken to him since. I haven't seen him since, 
            so. You know, I guess I think he was disappointed, but we're not 
            working together anymore. You know, sometimes that happens. 

            Q. Did you not rate him highly as a coach?

            JELENA DOKIC: No, no, I think he's a great coach, probably one of 
            the best ones you can have. I've got nothing against him, don't get 
            me wrong. 
            Like I said, I think my dad and I thought it was, you know, probably 
            something that we should try and have a go at.

            Q. That was after Rosmalen, was it?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yes.

            Q. When did you sack him?

            JELENA DOKIC: Just before Wimbledon.

            Q. Is that because of results you've had, as well, that you felt at 
            that point your game wasn't going where you thought it should?

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, like I said, I mean, probably not. I've had good 
            results since I've been working with him, you know. But, like I 
            said, you know, I feel comfortable, you know, hitting with, you 
            know, just people that I want to hit with and do my own thing. You 
            know, I rate him very high as a coach, but, you know, I thought 
            maybe have some time apart, just thought we should try that out. 

            Q. You've spoken about your relationship with your dad on and off 
            the court - obviously, a huge part of your life. Do you ever get the 
            feeling that you're playing for two people out there?

            JELENA DOKIC: No, not really. I think whatever I do is for myself. 
            I'm the one that's playing out there. No matter if it's my dad or 
            mom, whoever it is, it's just another person by my side. Like I 
            said, it's always good, no matter who it is, to have support by your 
            side. Whatever I do out there is something that I do, win or lose. 
            If I win, great, it's my win. If I lose, it's my fault. No one else 
            can, you know, do anything about it. But I feel like I play for 
            myself. You know, they're just people that are in my life, support 
            me. They're people that are on my side. You know, like I said again, 
            win or lose, it's my -- you know, whether I gain or not, it's my 

            Q. So your father is now taking Tony Roche's place as your coach, to 

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. I've been just working with him, you know, us 
            two working on my game , what I should work on, what I should fix, 
            before matches what I should stick to. It's only been, you know, 
            only recent, what, about a week or so. It's been fine so far.

            Q. Is it because your relationship with your father is so close that 
            makes it difficult for you to work with another coach?

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, I think always when you have -- when you're 
            close, like with somebody that, you know, knows your game and works 
            with you, it's always hard to get somebody else in there. You know, 
            I've always said this, you know, nobody knows my game better than 
            me, you know, somebody who works with me, which most of the time has 
            been my dad. I think he's the one that I probably turn to most. Even 
            if I work with somebody else, I always ask him for things, opinions. 

            Q. Are you having fun, as much as last year?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I think I am. I really enjoyed this tournament. 
            I've been playing well in my matches, I've cruised through most of 
            my matches. It's just been great. Besides people expecting me to do 
            well, I've just blocked that out. When I play out there, I've 
            enjoyed playing, I really have this week. Hopefully it will continue.

            Q. You're also now on the brink of a Wimbledon semifinal without 
            having met a seed. Is that an irresistible opportunity you feel you 
            must take?

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, I definitely think so. There have been a few 
            holes in the draw, you know. It happens sometimes. I feel, you know, 
            this next match is my opportunity. Probably thought that last year 
            in the quarterfinals, as well, that I was meant to get through, you 
            can't underestimate anybody. 
            I think I have a really good chance this year. If I play like I have 
            been and stay confident, I think I can get to the semis.

            Q. Your confidence is clearly justified. Have you thought further 
            ahead that it could be Monica Seles in the semifinal? Does that 
            motivate you more to play her?

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, I'm thinking more about the next match, each 
            match as it comes. If I get through the next match, you know, I 
            think for me the more important one is tomorrow because I know it 
            will be tough, the one I really want to get through.

            Q. But she was an inspiration to you?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, definitely. I think if I get through the next 
            one, whoever gets through, you know, at the bottom, it's always an 
            inspiration to play them. You want to win. You know it's a big 
            occasion - semis at Wimbledon. One more and you can be in the final. 
            I think whoever I play, you know, I'll really try my best and fight 
            to get through. 

            Q. Does the fact that Magui Serna beat Mary Pierce make any 

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, I mean, obviously Mary has been playing well, 
            and she beat her. Well, I guess she must be playing well, as well. I 
            think, again, I've stuck to my game the whole week. My second round 
            match, beat Mauresmo, as well, another seed. I'm probably tough on 
            grass, and I've gotten through that match. I think, you know, again, 
            if I stick to my game and play well, I can get through. 

            Q. You spoke before about the restrictions on younger players. Would 
            you have liked to have played more tournaments this year?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, probably a few more I wouldn't mind. It's always 
            good to play as much as you want. If you don't do well in some, you 
            can always fix that up and do well in others. At the moment, I don't 
            have that. I have to do well in every single tournament. 

            Q. Is that a feeling shared by a lot of the younger players, they 
            would like to play more?

            JELENA DOKIC: I definitely think so. I mean, I don't know what they 
            think about that. I haven't spoken to anybody. I don't know what 
            their points are. I think, you know, you feel like you're restricted 
            by what you can play. You feel like you're out there trying to 
            compete with other players who can play maybe twice as much as I 
            can. That sort of lets you down a bit. I think that also makes you 
            think, "I have to do well in every single tournament," which is 
            sometimes hard to do. Also, you know, before a Grand Slam, you have 
            some players playing three, four, five tournaments prior the US, for 
            example, whereas I can only play one or two. Sometimes I only play 
            one. That's hard to do. I think I've coped well with that, tried not 
            to think about it, just go into a tournament and play well. 

            Q. Do you still have school at the moment?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, yeah. Year 12 this year. 

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