Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
Australian Open 2001
15 January, 2001
Official Site of Australian Open 2001 by IBM - News
Day 1 - Lindsay Davenport
Monday, January 15, 2001
L. DAVENPORT / J. Dokic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Q. John Parsons from the Daily Telegraph in London. Did all the
things surrounding this match, did that add to the pressure on you
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: There's so many things kind of going around the
match let alone being a Grand Slam and myself trying to, in a sense,
defend it or do well again. So it was tough, it's always tough I
think to start off against a really good opponent in the first
round. I typically like to work my way into a tournament. It's
tough. You know, getting here late from Sydney, starting off against
a great opponent in really unusual circumstances definitely made it
a bit more challenging than normal matches.
Q. Barry Flatman, Daily Express in London. Was it hard not to feel
sorry for her out there with all she's been through in the last few
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah. I mean, I think she's a great girl. She's
always been really nice, and I think she has a great future, you
know, as tennis players you try and forget everything that surrounds
everything when you're playing a match. As soon as it's over, I
think she might have some difficult days ahead. I wish her the best.
Q. What did you think about the crowd reception for Jelena being
booed on and off the court?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: It was funny, obviously the Australians take a
little bit of offense to her not representing them. I think during
the match they were pretty supportive of her. It wasn't so partisan
while we were playing points to make it unbearable. I think if she
had won, they probably would have really cheered her as she walked
off the court. It's a little bit of a weird situation there. I don't
think they were so bad during the match.
Q. There were some chants for you during the match, like, "Do it for
Australia, Lindsay." Did that put you off?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I didn't hear that one. Yeah, I mean, it's tough
circumstances for fans also because I think that they've been behind
her for a number of years and maybe they don't quite understand
what's going on and her decision. So of course they're going to take
a little bit of offense to what's happened.
Q. Nigil Clark (phonetic). When you say she might have some
difficult days ahead, what do you mean by that?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I just mean the decision to represent a different
country while playing in Australia is probably going to make it a
little difficult on her if she's here the next few days. I think
that the fans want her to stay Australian, and probably the media
maybe won't leave her alone in the next few days.
Q. In the circumstances, are you amazed how well she played because
she seemed for most of the time unnerved?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, it might be one of those things where, you
know, I thought coming out here and it being a night match and
having a lot of buzz and atmosphere in the crowd she was going to
play quite well. It seems that she plays her best tennis maybe on a
bigger stage than on the side courts. So I was expecting her to play
well, and you know, it seemed like she handled everything very well
right up until the end of the match.
Q. Tom Tebbutt, Toronto. You served like Goran the last couple games.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, thank God. It pulled me through. I had a
lot of aces, to hold -- to go up 4-2 and to hold to go up 5-3, that
really pulled me through there. Off the ground, she was hitting the
balls very hard and very deep. It was hard for me to step into a
ball and dictate the point. At the end there, the serve is what
really won the third set for me.
Q. Her level of play seemed extremely high. Were you upset with your
level? Did you figure you could just do the best you could and
sometimes there was nothing you could do?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Sometimes I thought there was nothing I could do.
It seems like maybe I didn't get enough depth on the ball sometimes
but a couple times when I did she would hit it up the line really
hard. So it was just a case where I was, you know, trying to do the
best I can and keep playing the game I play and fortunately my serve
got a lot better at the end. I think that, like I said, was really
the big difference.
Q. Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times. You've been involved in a couple
of big situations before. Do you think having gone through a lot of
that in your career has helped you?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I hope so. I think the more big matches you play
- and it seems like I have played a lot of matches with some bizarre
circumstances - you get more accustomed to the situation. And,
again, the more experience you get playing in front of lots of
people and in important matches, it always helps.
Q. How discouraged were you after the first set? Were you really
kind of worried about losing or did you think you could suck it up
and come back?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: It's one of those things, I had a break, couple
break points, didn't break. One of those things where, you know, I
knew if I kept playing like that I would probably not win. Luckily
the first game of the second set I got the break and was able to
hold it all the way through to win that set, and in the third set I
thought I had the little bit of the momentum from winning the second
set. Even though I was up a break and then got broken, got up a
break again right away. Like I said, the serve really improved to
help me hold it together.
Q. Steve with AP, her dad apparently said before the match that if
she had won he was going to pull her out of the tournament. Do you
really think there would be any chance that might happen?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I refuse to comment on what he might do. I have
no idea. I don't know his thinking at all. (Laughter.)
Q. Sandra Harwitt Australian Open web site this tournament. Her
father orchestrates all this for her and you've never really faced
that, fortunately. Do you look at yourself, how lucky you are, that
you've been in control of your career?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think so. I mean, just with everybody that I
think works around a player, the most important thing and I'm very
lucky to have a great family and great people around me and don't
really have to deal with all this stuff.
Q. What is her potential if she was just allowed to concentrate on
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think she's great. From what I know, she's 17,
is that right, 17 and I mean she's going to be great. And
unfortunately, there's probably a lot of pressure for her to be
great right now and, you know, a lot of players it takes maybe 18,
19, 20, who knows. But she's definitely going to be in the top, I
would say, ten and probably maybe not this year, maybe two years, I
couldn't tell you. But she does everything well. She serves well and
hits her groundies great. Right now that's really the big thing to
do in women's tennis.
The interview article quoted from Official Site of Australian Open 2001.