Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
U.S. Open 2000
Flushing Meadow, NY, USA
02 September, 2000
Official Site of the 2000 US Open by IBM - News
Saturday, September 2, 2000
J. Dokic v. F. Schiavone 7-6, 7-5
An interview with: JELENA DOKIC
MODERATOR: At Jelena's request, tennis questions only, please.
Q. You had a lot more unforced errors in this match than the last
match. Was it hard to concentrate out there? Was the heat bothering
you? Was she just very good?
JELENA DOKIC: She went out there, had nothing to lose. Obviously,
the pressure was on me to win the match. I was expected to win. When
you lose a few points and get down a break, you get a bit tight.
That's what happened. Overall, I stepped up the pace when I needed
to. I was down in both sets. I just played well when I needed to.
Sometimes you're not going to play great. What was important for me
was when I don't play well and win a match, that's what makes you
stronger. I think it was good for me to pull that off and do it in
Q. How hard was it to stage a comeback today?
JELENA DOKIC: I couldn't hear you.
Q. How hard was it to fight back today? You did very well in
fighting back in both those sets.
JELENA DOKIC: You know, especially in the first set, she had a big
lead. In the second set, she served for it. They were close games
there. I think, again, I played well when I needed to and didn't
make the errors, took my chances. I just stayed concentrated and
focused, tried to get back into it. You won't always be up. You're
going to have to make comebacks. That's what I did well today.
Q. How confident in your game are you right now as you approach a
probable match with Serena Williams? How would you break down what
you have to do to be successful against her?
JELENA DOKIC: Well, I played Venus this year in Rome; did well
against her, I won that match. It's probably going to be pretty much
the same - just hard-hitting. You've just got to hope they make a
few errors. For me, it's just important just to stay in points and
not make errors. I think at the moment, I'm happy with how I did
here. No matter what happens in the next match, you know, to have
two Grand Slams in a row, do very well, finish in the Top 10, 15
players in a Grand Slam, play consistently, is the most important
for me at the moment. I'm just going to go out there Monday, I think
it is, you know, got nothing to lose, just play the way I do and see
Q. What sort of breakthrough would it be for you if you were able to
beat Serena Williams?
JELENA DOKIC: Oh, I think it would be big for anybody to beat Serena
or Venus. They're probably the two players at the moment that are
just -- they're unbeatable. Again, if I was to win, it will be great
for me. You know, I've beaten big players before. You know, I've
faced a lot of them before. I know what to expect.
Q. On the TV feed going back home, the commentators were being a bit
unfair in criticizing the way you were playing, saying if you
continued to play like that, there's no way you'll beat Serena
Williams. Do you think they weren't taking the conditions into
JELENA DOKIC: Again, like I said, what I'm happy with is that I got
through not playing very well. I played well in the first two
matches. You won't always play great. You know, she had nothing to
lose. You get a bit tight. That's what happens. To not play as well
as I want to and still get through matches, that's very important
because you can win matches not playing well.
Q. What did you call the trainer out on the court for today?
JELENA DOKIC: It was just really hot and humid, I felt a little bit
dizzy. It was okay, actually. I got through it. If it came to a
third set, I would have lasted.
Q. We saw you get ice. Was there anything else that you got?
JELENA DOKIC: No, no.
Q. Were you getting any treatment in the locker room after the
JELENA DOKIC: No. I just finished.
Q. You were down 4-1 in the first set. What was going through your
mind at that point? What did you tell yourself to psych yourself up?
JELENA DOKIC: I think I had a really bad start, especially on my
serve. There was only one break. I thought if I could hold my serve
at 4-1, I'll have a chance at breaking her. She doesn't have a huge
serve. If I could stay in points, I knew I could get a break and
come back. I knew that if it did get to 4-3, I could probably, you
know, come back. I was in situations like that before, so I knew how
to react to it.
Q. Can you tell us how you prepared this morning? Did you train with
your father before?
JELENA DOKIC: No. I just practiced with Rubin this morning for about
45 minutes or so. That's about it.
Q. During Wimbledon, there was a lot of talk that by Richard
Williams making a lot of headlines, it took pressure off his
daughters. Do you get the feeling that when a father is in the
headlines a lot, it adds or subtracts pressure on the daughter when
JELENA DOKIC: It could be both really. It just depends which way you
look at it. If there is attention on something else, then there's
not so much attention on you. That puts pressure off you sometimes.
Sometimes if you think about it too much and worry about it too
much, it can get to you. I think the main thing is to go out there
and not worry about what happened outside, off the court. Sometimes
it's hard to do that, but you've got to be able to because it's
going to distract your tennis and you won't win matches like that.
Q. Do you feel as though you're getting much better at that?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I think so. I mean, I did well at Wimbledon. I
got through a lot of matches. Here, as well. It's very important. No
matter what the circumstances are, you know, I've been getting
Q. When you are down in a match, usually do you look towards your
coach? Do you look towards your father for encouragement? If he
wasn't there today, did you just focus inward?
JELENA DOKIC: I think whether you're up or down, you always look for
support. If you are down, you start believing that maybe you can
come back or that you can win matches. I mean, you feel like you're
lonely out there, you've got to try to get that from yourself,
inside. It's hard to do that sometimes when you've got to really
believe in yourself and not a lot of people can do that. Like I
said, I believed that I could come back in both sets, and I played
well when I needed to.
Q. What did getting to the semis of Wimbledon do for you and your
JELENA DOKIC: Well, I think when you string a lot of matches
together and win them, play well, you sort of start believing, "I
can beat these players, anything's possible." You know, it's hard in
Grand Slams, especially when you're not seeded, you could play
anybody. For me to get through matches in a Grand Slam, no matter
who it is, is important. That's what I've done the last two Grand
Slams, the tournaments that I've played lately. This year I've been
quite consistent, which is important.
Q. What do you like most about playing tennis?
JELENA DOKIC: I really enjoy the game. When I started, I enjoyed
just playing, whether it's practice or matches. You know, especially
a match, the thrill and the excitement of it. When you are in
situations where you are 5-3 down or something like that, she's
serving for the matches, to come back, you feel really good. To get
the crowd, whether they're with you or not, experience that. That's
what's, you know, so great about tennis and the lifestyle itself.
Q. And if you could change one thing in your life, what would you
JELENA DOKIC: At the moment, I'm happy with the way things are
going. I've done what I wanted to this year, considering the
circumstances, the amount of tournaments I can play, which has been
really tough to pick them out. You know, I've just enjoyed the game,
win or lose. That's what I'm really proud of. I've just kept on
going. I have no regrets about the tour.
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The interview article quoted from Official Site of the 2000 U.S. Open.