Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
Ericsson Open 2001
Miami, FL, USA
26 March, 2001
Ericsson Open 2001 - Player Interviews
Monday, March 26, 2001
J. DOKIC/A. Coetzer 6-3, 7-5
An Interview With: JELENA DOKIC
THE MODERATOR: Questions.
Q. Jelena, straight sets against Amanda. You must be pretty happy
with that effort?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. I played well and I think she did today, too. I
mean she hardly made any errors. It was really tough to play tennis
against her. You had to try to finish the point each time, which
was hard to do. Even after the first set, she just started lifting
everything up deep which was even tougher to go against. But, you
know, I'm really happy with the way I played and with the win.
Q. Has it surprised you a bit that having taken so many weeks off
that you've moved into the quarterfinal stage here in your first
JELENA DOKIC: Maybe a little bit, but I think it's helped me because
I've had two months' practice. I've worked on my game and my
fitness, and I think I've gotten in shape and, you know, I've been
playing lots of points, you know, a lot of match situations when
I've been practicing, and just working on things that I need to
work on, finish points off, and just, you know, just really work on
my fitness because I think that's what's gotten me through a few
matches. And, you know, I seem to -- I feel like I'm moving really
well and I think that's the key to my game.
Q. How do you feel about the next round?
JELENA DOKIC: You know what, I have nothing to lose. Quarterfinals
is great for me, but, you know, I don't know. It will be
interesting to see. I mean, you never know what you can expect.
Whoever gets through, I don't know who's going to get through, but
if Venus does, I'm just going to have to go out there and, you
know, try and do my best and see what, you know, she comes up with.
If she plays well, it will be tough to beat her. But, again, all the
pressure's on her. I'm not supposed to win this match anyway, just
like I wasn't today. And I like, you know, a match where, you know,
I go in as the underdog.
Q. That was actually my next question. Do you like being the
JELENA DOKIC: Sometimes you do, but then sometimes you want to go
into the match being a favorite. You feel really good about
yourself because you're supposed to win a match and your game is
real good. But sometimes it's better to go in as an underdog,
especially against somebody like Venus or, I don't know, Serena,
whoever it is, the top players. Because you have nothing to lose.
Sometimes you never know what can happen with nerves.
Q. In Australia there's a report that said Leslie Barry has tried to
speak with you either last week or this week. Can you tell me if
that has been the case and what happened with the conversation, if
it did happen?
JELENA DOKIC: I haven't spoken to anybody. I think I made my mind up
earlier in the year and I made that clear and, you know, I haven't
even thought about it since. So I'm just concentrating on my
Q. The WTA ban on your father finishes in just a few days' time.
What are the plans there? Is he going to go back on the road with
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. Definitely, I think so. You know, I'm actually
looking forward to that because, you know, these last two months
that I've been, you know, off the road has really helped me. He's
worked on my game a lot and my fitness. And that's why I think I'm
in a lot better shape than I was last year or early in the year.
That's what helps me win these matches and that's why I'm playing
so much better. It will definitely be great having him there.
Q. Which will be the first tournament?
JELENA DOKIC: Amelia then Charleston, then I go to Europe.
Q. So you go to Europe, he would go back on the road as it was
JELENA DOKIC: Yep.
Q. And with him not being around, what have you missed the most?
JELENA DOKIC: I think, you know, it's always hard when you don't
have anybody that's worked with you your whole life, especially in
something like tennis, because he knows me the best and my game the
best and he's always worked with me. But I think I've coped with it
well, and, you know, I seem to, you know, to play fine whether
there's someone there or not. I think it's you playing out there,
and that's basically what matters. 0f course it's always better
having someone out there with you helping you.
Q. When you made the move before you left Australia, you said that
you'd also be setting up the base in Yugoslavia. I think the other
day you said the base would be here in Florida?
JELENA DOKIC: Right now it's here. I haven't had any time to do
anything else. This is the, you know, main base. I can go anywhere
from here, and it's a lot closer. But about anything else, I
haven't thought about that yet because it's too soon and there are
a lot of tournaments coming up, like three, four months of nonstop
tournaments so I'm just going to leave it right now. And it's
probably something that I would do, probably have a couple of bases.
It's a lot easier, makes it easier. But I haven't had time to do
Q. Just finally, on the next match, if it is Williams, what will you
have to do with that one? There's the height difference, the power
difference. What would you have to do in an effort to win it?
JELENA DOKIC: Well, I think it's just, I don't know, I think it
depends what she plays like. If she plays well, I mean, it's very
hard to cope with that, and if she serves well. But I'm just going
to have to see. I mean, if she doesn't play well, I think attacking
her second serve is one of the things I'll be looking at, and just,
you know, try and force the play and not let her dictate because
that's what she likes to do, her and her sister. And they're good
at that because they have the pace. So sometimes, you know, I'll
be probably on the defensive a little bit more than I've been in my
matches, but it's something you've got to cope with and I'm just
going to try and make her play everything.
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The interview article quoted from The Ericsson Open 2001 Official Website.