Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

Bausch & Lomb Championships 2001
Amelia Island, Florida, USA
11 April, 2001

J. Dokic / P. Schnyder, 7-5, 6-3
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            "Dokic happy with dad's return"

             From our wire services
             11apr01


            AMELIA ISLAND, Florida: The volatile Damir Dokic made an 
            uncharacteristically quiet return to the WTA tour today after he was 
            allowed to watch daughter Jelena play for the first time since the 
            US Open last September.

            He was courtside at the Bausch & Lomb Championships as 13th-seeded 
            Australian-turned-Yugoslav Jelena won a 7-5 6-3 second-round clash 
            with Switzerland's Patty Schnyder. 

            The elder Dokic, who is believed to be behind Jelena's switch of 
            allegiance back to Yugoslavia prior to the Australian Open, has a 
            history of creating incidents at tournaments since his daughter 
            started playing on the tennis tour. 

            "My dad is back and that's great because he is a good influence on 
            me," Dokic said. 

            "I sort of got used to him not being around, but it was a tough 
            adjustment even though I think it has made me a better player. 

            "You lose or win a match, but it's tough during a match when no one 
            is out there for you." 

            Two days shy of her 18th birthday, Dokic does not plan on striking 
            out on tour without her father - or changing her international 
            allegiance. 

            "We're really close and there's no one except him that knows my game 
            and knows me," she said. 

            "It's your parents who always are the ones that want you to do the 
            best you can. 

            "The older you get, the more responsible you have to be, but no 
            matter how old I am, I can't do everything myself. 

            "My parents will always have a say in my decision making, especially 
            in tennis." 

            It took Dokic 70 minutes to up-end Schnyder today. 

            She secured an early 5-2 lead but made too many errors to allow 
            Schnyder to pull even to 5-5 before Dokic closed out the first set. 

            Losing her serve in the third game of the second set after 
            double-faulting twice at 15-30, Dokic broke back in the very next 
            game and repeated the dose in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. 

            Serving for the match at 5-3, Dokic faced six break points before 
            holding her nerve to win the match. 

            In other matches, third-seeded Elena Dementieva, the Sydney Olympic 
            silver medallist, scored a 6-4 6-3 second-round win over Nathalie 
            Dechy of France at what is the first event of the spring clay court 
            season. 

            Two seeded players fell in second-round action today with Nadia 
            Petrova of Russia upsetting eighth-seeded Chanda Rubin of the US and 
            11th-seeded Amy Frazier losing to fellow American Jill Craybas.


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