Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

The Championships 2001
Wimbledon, Great Britain
26 June, 2001

The Championships, Wimbledon 2001: Official Site by IBM - Players


            Jelena Dokic Interview - Day 2
            Tuesday, June 26, 2001

            J. DOKIC / R. De Los Rios 7-5, 6-1

            MODERATOR: Good afternoon. Jelena Dokic. 

            Q. I imagine you're very pleased with your start today?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. I mean, I'm happy that I got through the first 
            one. I think it's always the toughest one to get through. You know, 
            I think the conditions, it was hot, you know, windy. I had a tough 
            match with her before. I'm happy that I got through. Probably didn't 
            play as well as I wanted to. You know, like I said, it's always hard 
            with the first match. But I'm pleased that I got through. 

            Q. You have a record to live up to here. You've done very well. How 
            far do you think you can go this time?

            JELENA DOKIC: You know, I think it's very hard to say. I mean, I'm 
            in a very tough side of the draw, so I think I'm just going match by 
            match. I think we've seen the last couple of Grand Slams, you know, 
            that a lot of seeds have gone out. There have been a lot of upsets. 
            But, you know, I'm just concentrating on each match as it comes. You 
            know, hopefully I'll go, you know, as far as I can, as far as I want 
            to. You know, I've always done well here. I'm not putting any 
            pressure on myself. 

            Q. There were lots of Australians supporting you in the crowd. How 
            did that make you feel, given your change of heart last year?

            JELENA DOKIC: I didn't realise that. You know, there was a lot of 
            people out there. I think I still get a lot of support anywhere I 
            go, especially here. You know, I think I get a lot of support from 
            the people in Australia still. I think, you know, they've supported 
            me a lot throughout the years. You know, I think anywhere I go, I 
            still think I'll get a lot of support from them and from anybody 

            Q. What was the turning point in the first set when you were 4-5 
            down? What mentally kind of changed?

            JELENA DOKIC: I think to win that game, to come back into the set. I 
            think I knew if I could break her there to come to 5-All, I'd win 
            the set, not to make the same mistakes at 4-All, did some errors 
            there. It was 30-All there at 5-4, and I won those two crucial 
            points. I think that probably turned it around.

            Q. Going back a bit before that, when you got 3-Love up, then lost 
            the lead, what happened then? Did you try to over-press too much?

            JELENA DOKIC: I probably did. I think I tried to do too many things, 
            you know. I was just starting to make some errors there that I 
            shouldn't have. I think I was going for just too much, just wasn't 
            concentrating on keeping the ball in play. Then, you know, she 
            started to play a lot better after 3-Love. Even in the second set, 
            she started to hit the ball very well. You know, you lose your serve 
            once, back at 3-All. The next thing you know, I think she put some 
            pressure on me there to win that set, because I did have 3-Love. It 
            turned around very quickly. It would have been difficult if I lost 
            that first set, I think to come back, and I'm glad that I won that 
            first set.

            Q. Were you worried at that stage?

            JELENA DOKIC: No, I wasn't worried. I knew if I got myself together, 
            I can win the match - not easily, but comfortably. That's all I was 
            focusing on, to try and get back there at 4-5 to get that game and 
            get back in the match. 

            Q. The last time that you two played, it was a much tighter game at 
            the Sydney Olympics. Is the difference with you or with her?

            JELENA DOKIC: I think I played a lot better than I did at the 
            Olympics. I think she probably played the same way. She had the same 
            tactics. You know, she likes to hit the ball. She actually mixed it 
            up a little bit more today. But I think I played a lot more solid 
            today than I did at the Olympics, and that was probably the 
            difference. We had a tight one at the Olympics. You know, I think 
            she nearly -- it was going to be nearly three sets there. It was a 
            tight match. I knew that she can play well. I was just trying to 
            focus to get my game going, especially being the first match, just 
            concentrate on my game. I don't think she was going to do anything 

            Q. How are you feeling at this stage of Wimbledon this year compared 
            to last year?

            JELENA DOKIC: You know, I think, like I said, I've always done well 
            here. But I don't put any pressure on myself to do well. You know, I 
            love coming back here. I've done very well here. You know, I love 
            the people and the atmosphere. I love playing here. 
            You know, the further I get, the better for me. But I don't put any 
            pressure on myself to win the tournament right now. You know, like I 
            said, there's a lot of good players that have a chance. I think 
            there will be a lot of good matches over the next two weeks. I'm 
            just going match by match. I'm just trying to, you know, win each 
            match that I play. 

            Q. How did you feel when you saw Martina knocked out yesterday?

            JELENA DOKIC: You know, I think it was a difficult match for her. I 
            think she's been struggling a little bit probably, hasn't been 
            playing as well. It would be very disappointed for her to lose first 
            round. But, you know, you have some good days and you have some bad 
            days. That's going to happen. It happened to her yesterday. I guess 
            it just wasn't a great day for her, and she's just got to move on. 
            Hopefully, for her sake, it won't affect her game. I don't think it 
            will. I think she's a good enough player to go beyond that and to 
            come back strong. 

            Q. Do you find it surprising the amount of focus there is on the 
            women's game on image in this country? Do you feel under pressure 
            with that? There are obvious examples, like Kournikova, get much 
            more attention than someone maybe like Lindsay Davenport. Do you 
            find that surprising? 

            JELENA DOKIC: I think over the last few years, the image thing has 
            gone a little bit more beyond, you know, tennis. But I think, you 
            know, a lot of players don't feel that way. I think a lot of players 
            are out there just to win their matches. They're not out there, you 
            know, to model or anything like that. I think someone like Lindsay, 
            you know, she's a great player. I don't think she even thinks about 
            that. I think, especially in this country, there's a lot of fuss 
            around, you know, how you look, all that sort of thing. But I think 
            it's gone like that all over the world right now. I think women's 
            tennis has gotten a lot better, I think in every way. You have a lot 
            of different personalities out there, a lot of really good players. 
            I think a lot of the players out there just do their job and win 

            Q. You were only 16 when you came here. You've changed your own 
            appearance. Do you find it all a big ordeal?

            JELENA DOKIC: I mean, of course, I don't think anyone is trying to 
            make themselves look ugly out there. But I don't look at it that 
            way, you know. I'm not out there to try and look my best. I think if 
            you're going to do that, you should go and model, like I said. But 
            if you want to play tennis, maybe be Top 10 or Top 5 or No. 1, 
            you're going to have to win matches. I think that's the difference. 

            Q. Venus was talking about lucky charms. Do you have any lucky 
            charms or superstitions?

            JELENA DOKIC: A little bit. I'm a little superstitious.

            Q. What have you got, rabbit's feet?

            JELENA DOKIC: I wear the same things during the tournament. I wash 
            them every day. I play with the same racquet. I think a lot of 
            players do that. I think a lot of the players that I know do that. 

            Q. Do you wash them yourself?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yes.

            Q. You wear the same kind of casual clothes or tennis clothes?

            JELENA DOKIC: Tennis.

            Q. Same skirt and top all the way through?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. 

The interview article quoted from Official Site of The Championships 2001, Wimbledon.