Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
The Championships 2000
Wimbledon, Great Britain
03 July, 2000
Official Site of The Championships, Wimbledon by IBM - News
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
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
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.
The interview article quoted from Official Site of The Championships, Wimbledon.
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