Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

Tennis Masters Series - Rome 2001 (Italian Open)
Rome, Italy
19 May, 2001
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2001 TENNIS MASTERS SERIES - ROME

ROME, ITALY
May 19, 2001

J. DOKIC/C. Martinez, 6-3, 6-2

An Interview With: JELENA DOKIC


THE MODERATOR: First question, please. 

Q. I congratulate you. It's very professional to appear immediately and we 
appreciate it. 

JELENA DOKIC: Thank you. Thanks. 

Q. Grazie, grazie. Tell me, in the second set did you have a little fainting 
spell at the start?

JELENA DOKIC: I think I was too relaxed at the beginning. 

Q. Too relaxed?

JELENA DOKIC: Yes. I lost my concentration and made a few errors. That's what 
she likes and that's what she waits for. So I had to get myself together and, 
you know, hold my serve at 2-love and, you know, start again and try and break 
her and go on from there. 

Q. Is it a surprise for you to be in the final on clay here at this stage of the 
season?

JELENA DOKIC: Well, a little bit. I think, you know, it's a big event and going 
into it I think -- I didn't think I would have been in the final. But I play 
match by match, and, you know, I just played better and better. And with each 
match I got better mentally and my confidence just grew every time. You know, I 
stepped on the court, I believed in myself that I can win a match. 

Q. After Capriati lost, did you see an opening in the draw, or you didn't care?

JELENA DOKIC: I didn't care really. I didn't look at the draw. As soon as she 
lost, I knew there was an opening at the bottom there, but, you know, you still 
had Martinez in the same half and she's a tough clay courter. But definitely 
there was a chance to get through, and I knew if I played well that I could get 
to the semis and maybe to the final. 

Q. Do you have to concentrate harder against all that spin and change of pace 
than you would against somebody that just slugged you the ball?

JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, definitely. You never know what she's going to do, and, you 
know, in that backhand, she can top it and slice it, and her forehand's her 
strength. So it's definitely tougher and it's harder too, you know, when she 
keeps lifting the ball up, it's a lot harder to try and attack and try and force 
an error. So that's why I think I've played her a few times and I lost to her 
every time, and, you know, it was always tough for me and I didn't think I was 
mentally as tough as I was today. 

Q. What goes through your mind when you beat someone who beat you before five 
times in a row for the future?

JELENA DOKIC: Well, I think I always had something with her in my head that, you 
know, I always -- I lost to her once and twice, and I had a chance to beat her 
and I didn't beat her. So it was starting to be more mental than anything else. 
So this was very important for me to win. And not just to win, but it was on 
clay also which is probably her favorite surface and my least favorite, so... 
But I think that's where I've improved over the last, you know, six months or 
so. I think my game is a lot better and at a higher level than where it was 
before. 

Q. Under what conditions would you play for Australia again?

JELENA DOKIC: Uhm, I don't know. It's not an issue for me right now. I think 
that's the last thing on my mind, and I don't think I'm concerned with that or 
thinking whether there's a condition or not for me to play for Australia again. 
So I don't think it's an issue right now and I don't think -- I don't think I 
will change my mind. 

Q. (Inaudible.) Do you know her very well?

JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I think we played a lot of singles matches against each 
other, but we played the last couple tournaments doubles with each other so we 
know each other well. And, you know, I think it sort of has -- you sort of have 
a different approach to it when you know a person. And I think, you know, I 
think us too, if I was to lose today or win, I think we're always going to be 
the same, the same friends. And I think we have a good relationship in doubles 
right now, we're doing well. And I think whether we, you know, win or lose, I 
think it won't change much. 

Q. Do you think knowing her so well helped you in some way?

JELENA DOKIC: Maybe a little bit, but I think she's in the same position, you 
know. She's playing against me and she's playing doubles with me and she has big 
experience at that. You know, she's been on the Tour, you know, five times more 
than I have, so I think, you know, she would also feel the same way. 

Q. Last night in your doubles match did you discuss today's match at all? Did 
you joke about it, back and forth?

JELENA DOKIC: No, no. (Smiling.) I think we both knew we had to play each other 
and we just tried to, you know, win doubles and play well, which we did. Even 
today, this morning, we just were in the locker room, you know, we laughed with 
each other. We knew we had to play each other. Whoever wins or loses, we have to 
go back out and play doubles again. And I think, you know, you're gonna play, 
you know, a lot of opponents a lot of times like that, you know, 10, 15, 20 
times maybe. So I think it doesn't make a difference. 

Q. Did you decide yourself to stop the relationship in doubles with Capriati? 
Why did you stop?

JELENA DOKIC: No, I think, you know, sometimes she plays; sometimes she doesn't. 
She hasn't played the last few tournaments. I think she just decides, you know, 
before a tournament how she feels. I don't think she's going to play much 
doubles anyway because I think she's just concentrating on the singles right 
now. But it wasn't a decision. I think we might play again, I don't know. It's 
something we decide on when it comes to it. 

Q. Given the achievements that you've already had in your career, where do you 
rank reaching the final here? How much satisfaction is it?

JELENA DOKIC: It's definitely up there, you know. This is the -- I think the 
best form and the most consistent I've been so far in this clay court season. 
I've had three very good tournaments, singles and doubles. And I think I've 
matured a lot, so I think, you know, and now that my tournaments have opened up, 
it's a lot easier. I think this is definitely, you know, one of the, you know, 
best performances that I've had so far, you know, I think besides the Grand 
Slams. Because -- and it's also the surface. I think it's not my favorite 
surface, so I've had to adjust to that as well. So it definitely rates as one of 
my, you know, best ones right now. 

Q. How old do you suppose you were when you first heard that there was such a 
person named Conchita Martinez?

JELENA DOKIC: Seventeen. (Laughter.) I don't know. She's always been a really 
big name, just like Aranxta I think. And, you know, I think she played a long 
time before I even, you know, touched a racquet so I think, you know, through my 
childhood I've watched her play, heard of her of course, but it was -- I think 
it's always something, you know, when you finally get up there, to play those 
players. I think you got to try to put in a really good performance. And for me 
to play singles against her, win or lose, and play doubles with her is a really 
great thing. Not just with her, but with a lot of the other top players as well. 

Q. Today you looked very cool, very calm. Is it because you just matured, or 
maybe you used some psychologist's help or something different?

JELENA DOKIC: No, I think it was -- one of the tactics was to stay calm because 
she can drive you crazy sometimes with the way she plays. So I think 
straightaway when I went into the match, I knew I had to keep calm. Even if I 
missed some shots or I got down in the match, I had to stay with it. And I knew 
if I played well, I could have a chance of beating her. It was something that I 
thought about and tried to do, and try and be patient. 


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