Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

The Championships 2001
Wimbledon, Great Britain
02 July, 2001
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The Championships, Wimbledon 2001: Official Site by IBM - Players


            Interviews

            Lindsay Davenport Interview - Day 7
            Monday, July 2, 2001


            L. DAVENPORT / J. Dokic 7-5, 6-4


              MODERATOR: Questions, please. 

              Q. You must have been very pleased. There was a stage in the first 
              set when perhaps Jelena was pressing really, and you bounced back 
              very well from that. 

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah. I thought I did bounce back from not 
              starting off great. I was a little kind of just slow to react in 
              the beginning. I think I haven't played anybody in the last few 
              weeks that hits -- that has hit the ball quite as hard as Jelena. 
              It took me a couple games almost really to get used to the pace. 
              You know, I haven't faced that. I was down early, 4-2. But, you 
              know, was just able to hang in there and turn matches around. I 
              knew going out there it was going to be a tough match. She's going 
              to hit some great shots, you know, make a few errors. And the same 
              with me. If I could just concentrate on my serve and wait for my 
              opportunities to break, that I would have a good shot. So I did 
              pretty much everything I wanted to do - concentrate, holding. I 
              knew I'd get a chance to break her as the match went on.

              Q. There was a point in the ninth game when you seemed troubled by 
              your knee. Were you at all?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No, not my knee. I kind of tripped on my foot 
              for a second. I had some problems with that last year. Hurt for 
              like a point and went away. Just stumbled a little bit, got my 
              foot stuck. 

              Q. You seemed to be laboring slightly towards the end of the 
              second set, as well. Were you feeling fully healthy?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, totally. I mean, I broke her to go up 
              4-2, and was feeling good. Just kind of knew then, "Okay, just 
              concentrate on holding your serve and you've got the match." I was 
              trying to take my time, be relaxed, not to rush. Yeah, I really 
              felt like when I got up that break in the second set -- excuse me, 
              to go up 4-3, I guess it was, it was 3-All -- that was it. 
              Basically I was just trying to take my time.

              Q. How are you looking towards your quarterfinal?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, I haven't thought about it too much yet, 
              just coming off the court. But, know all the ladies have to come 
              back again tomorrow for the quarters, knowing that another young 
              player that hits the ball hard, is a good athlete, and another 
              tough match. I've played her I think the last time at the 
              Australian Open. I've never played her on grass. She did well in 
              Rosmalen, so obviously she knows how to play well on the surface. 
              Again, my game plan doesn't change too much from match to match. 
              Concentrate on serving well. I always know that I think I'm going 
              to get chances to break. Just try and out-hit the other girls.

              Q. You said "another young girl." Makes it sound like you're 
              absolutely ancient. 

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think Jelena is 19, and Kim is 18. So I think 
              the new kind of group of young players, I would consider like 
              Henin, Clijsters, Dokic, very good group of players. So it's fun 
              to play the young ones. They're always really eager, always 
              running around the court. Just see if I can stay on top. 

              Q. Can it raise your game, as well?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Oh, I think so. You know, I like the players 
              that hit the ball hard but flat off both sides, and feel like I 
              have an advantage in a match like that. But Kim's a great athlete. 
              Just going to try and - like I said, it doesn't change too much 
              from match to match - try and hold my serve and know that I'll get 
              some chances to break as the match goes on.

              Q. Do you think that Kim took another step up because she reached 
              the Roland Garros final, and she's possibly more mentally a tough 
              player than she was, say, when you played her back in Australia?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: She definitely could be. You know, I haven't 
              watched her play all that much. But she also had a very good draw. 
              She didn't upset Top 5 players along the way. She had a great win 
              against Henin in the semifinals and a very close final. So 
              obviously she's feeling confident. 
              Again, I think sometimes you even get more confidence if you beat 
              a Williams along the way or a player of that stature. But I'm sure 
              her level of confidence has got to be higher than it was three or 
              four weeks ago. But so is mine. I mean, I feel a lot better after 
              coming to Eastbourne and winning this match. Just have to see what 
              happens.

              Q. Did you see the final in Paris?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, I didn't look on the Internet. I'm at 
              the gym. It was like 2-All in the first set. Someone was like, 
              "Can you believe the final?" I'm like, "Oh, great." I didn't watch 
              it. I would have watched it, but somebody ruined it. It's hard 
              watching a match in the beginning knowing it's going to go 12-10 
              (laughter). 

              Q. So you have no sense of how she handled that moment?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I have no idea, no idea. I know she was a 
              couple times two points away from winning, something like that. 
              Other than that, no, I don't. 

              Q. Is this the most competitive Wimbledon that you have known? 
              When you look at the number of players that can really go on and 
              win the title, it's a huge amount this time, isn't it?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: It seems like it gets like that every Grand 
              Slam. You say, "Oh, it's wide open." I really believe that's true. 
              I said a few days ago I would be surprised if the winner was 
              someone other than the Williams, Capriati or myself. Doesn't mean 
              it can't happen. But, you know, there were so many times, years, 
              when it was either Steffi, Monica, Chris or Martina. So I think 
              there's four really strong contenders, and the other players that 
              are left, like a Clijsters, Henin, all those other players are 
              waiting to break through. Until they do, you really don't know 
              what to expect. 

              Q. Was there a turning point in today's game? Jelena mentioned you 
              breaking her back in the first set is when it slipped away from 
              her. Would you agree with that?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Oh, yeah. I mean that's an important game. As 
              soon as you get broken, you want to break back right away and not 
              let her get the momentum, feeling a bit more relaxed. That was a 
              big game to break her right back. Again, 5-All, I broke serve at a 
              very crucial time, was able to serve it out. Again, just kind of 
              waited my opportunities. First game of the second set had some 
              breakpoints, didn't break, but was able to keep holding until at 
              3-All I got another chance. I thought that, you know, I kind of 
              waited my time until the appropriate moment came. You know, just 
              played solid. Didn't do anything crazy or outlandish. 

              Q. You were just toying with her then?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No, no, definitely not. I wish I could do that 
              every match, know when the right time to break was. Today it just 
              seemed to work out that way. She double-faulted, breakpoint in the 
              second set which, you know, never hurts. 

              Q. Goran has been talking about the multiple voices in his head. 
              Jennifer was just here saying that she really has to talk herself 
              out of being nervous. Do you find yourself having any kind of 
              running dialogue while you're playing or is it pretty much a blank 
              slate?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think everybody does. I mean, you'd go crazy 
              out there if you were never talking to yourself or thinking 
              anything. Depends what the moment is. You know, if you're losing, 
              you're like, you can be either positive or negative. A lot of time 
              is I'm sarcastic to myself, "That was a great shot," when you miss 
              one. It depends what the moment is. I think every player does 
              that. I would be surprised if anyone was just like even keel out 
              there. 

              Q. Are there any matches today that pique your interest, that 
              after you leave here you'd like to watch?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Of all the matches today, by say the 
              Martin-Henman match. I think both those guys are such great guys, 
              nice guys, great players, obviously an American interest in Todd. 
              It's always interesting to see how those matches work out, 
              especially that one. Of all the matches today, I would have picked 
              that one as the showcase match that I would want to watch.

              Q. Do you have any thoughts on Serena and Jennifer tomorrow?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, tough match. You know, Jennifer has 
              gotten the best of her the last few times they've played, 
              definitely has the mental edge going in there. I do think the 
              grass favors Serena. I think Jennifer's going to have to play 
              really well. But a lot of times if you have that winning edge over 
              someone, that helps a lot. But, again, I mean, with Serena's 
              serve, I think it will do a lot more damage here than it did 
              either in Paris or Miami when they played. So really I think it 
              depends on how Jennifer is able to return that serve on grass. 

              Q. How much of the game now in women's tennis is pure power and 
              how much do you yourself rely on touch and finesse in important 
              matches?
              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Depends what player you're talking about. For 
              me, yeah, definitely rely on the power. Got to go with the power 
              serve and try and out-hit opponents. I think Jennifer maybe relies 
              on her foot speed also a lot and not so much the serve, but more 
              the groundstrokes and foot speed. The Williamses rely on I think 
              power definitely. But I think the game is just turning that way, 
              with technology and the type of players that we have right now. 
              Definitely seems like there's a trend towards that part of the 
              game.

              Q. Do you need a little bit of finesse occasionally, like the 
              ability maybe to hit a lob or a dropshot, short angle?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Oh, yeah, definitely doesn't hurt. It's great 
              if you can mix those two things. It's hard to do that, though. 
              Martina has such great feel around the court, but I guarantee you 
              she would love to be able to step in and crack winners all day 
              long. I mean, I would love to be able to hit drop volleys and all 
              that kind of stuff. But I think I handle it well. A lot of players 
              that are the hard-hitters do hit lobs and shots like that. But I 
              think I would much rather have the power game going for me.

              Q. Prior to her match against Serena in Paris, there was talk 
              among the press about Jennifer's weaknesses, one being she gets 
              nervous closing out matches. When she did it against Serena, it 
              changed a bit. Was that considered a weakness of hers among 
              players? Secondly, how does a player get through that? When you 
              were developing as a player, did you have to learn how to close 
              out a match?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I never thought she had trouble closing out 
              matches. I always thought her serve was vulnerable and could you 
              break her at a certain time if you had to. She would throw in some 
              double-faults, and that would help along. I never attributed that 
              to her being scared to win a match. I just attributed it to her 
              always -- always being able to break her, never knowing what you 
              were going to get. I think if you see her serve, it looks a lot 
              more fluid now than it did like a year ago. I'm not really sure 
              about the Serena match. 

              Q. She just held up under the pressure and ended up winning the 
              match. My question was for you, as a player, learning how to close 
              it out, getting through that, how was that for you?

              LINDSAY DAVENPORT: It's one of the tough toughest things. You 
              fight your whole match, and all of a sudden you're serving for the 
              match, maybe returning for the match. A lot of times, I mean, I 
              struggled with, "What do you do? Go for winners? Possibly make 
              errors? Do you get the ball in?" I think there's a very fine line 
              when you're about to win a match, being aggressive, but maybe not 
              going for the lines as you may in other matches. 
              Everybody's different. Jennifer just goes for it all the time. I 
              mean, Australian Open final, winner. French Open final, I think 
              she went for a forehand finally after a bunch of attempts. It 
              maybe hurt her at Miami where she missed the first ball a few 
              times. Everyone is different with what they try and do. I think 
              you just learn as you go along. 

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