Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

Ericsson Open 2001
Miami, FL, USA
26 March, 2001
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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 
            tournament back?

            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 
            underdog?

            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 
            tennis. 

            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 
            you?

            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 
            before?

            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 
            that yet. 

            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.

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