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
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.