Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
Rogers AT&T Cup 2001 (Canadian Open)
Toronto, Ont. Canada
13 August, 2001
Rogers AT&T Cup - Press Conferences
MATCH: JELENA DOKIC vs. NADIA PETROVA
SCORE / RÉSULTAT: 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-1
MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2001 / LUNDI 13 AOÛT 2001
AN INTERVIEW WITH: JELENA DOKIC
TOUR OFFICIAL: Questions for Jelena, please.
REPORTER: Congratulations on winning, Jelena. How do you explain the momentum change? It
looked for a time as if you were going to lose and you didn't look as if you would be winning
tonight. All of a sudden the momentum changed late in the second set.
JELENA DOKIC Well, I think I had a lot of chances in the first set. And I think that was
-- I think I was very mentally down after that. And at 4-2 I just, you know, tried to hold my
serve, then I did. And then I broke her. I think I just tried to go point by point and I was
lucky. I think that's the only thing that explains it tonight. And after 5-all to hold my
serve and break her on that double fault was crucial. And that decided the third set, I think.
REPORTER: Hi Jelena. First of all, congratulations from the Serbian community. I want to
continue the questioning. Can you tell me exactly what was the key moment that brought you
back in the game? I mean, you were struggling in the first set and then suddenly, you came
JELENA DOKIC I think at 4-2, when it was 4-2, that first point on my serve, I played a really
great point to pass her when she came in. Won that game easily. And then she served well, but
I got a lot of returns back at 4-3. And I think that was the key. When I broke at 4-3,
everything sort of changed. And she still played well in the second set, but I lifted my game.
And I think that was -- that was the key. And I was very lucky.
REPORTER: You seemed to have a a lot of problems with your second serve. Was there anything
JELENA DOKIC No, I think she puts a lot of pressure on you, because she hits quite well,
especially her returns. You sort of feel you have to go for a lot more. And I think my ball
toss was everywhere and a little bit low. That was it pretty much. It got -- there were times
when it was good, there were times when it wasn't so good. I think it's the concentration
also a little bit. But I'm not worried about that. Work on that a little bit. And I think my
game was a lot better than I thought it would be tonight.
REPORTER: You know her from juniors. Did you sense her frustration, were you feeding off her
frustration after you went up, well, got to 4-3?
JELENA DOKIC I think -- no, you know, I think it was different. I don't think we were looking at
each other very much. We know each other. We've played each other before. We're both very
competitive. And, you know, I think she was very frustrated when she lost her serve at 4-3,
especially to lose the set on a double fault. I think that was crucial and maybe that decided
REPORTER: How are things going with your father? Have things calmed down on the tour in terms of
all of the talk?
JELENA DOKIC Yeah, I think the situation has been really good this year. He's been on quite a
few tournaments this year. He's back at home now, in Florida. So, you know, I think he will
be back at the U.S. Open again. And, you know, it's been really good. I've never had any
problems and I've always said that. There was a lot of talk before and I can't help that. Things
have been really good this year.
REPORTER: So he's not here?
JELENA DOKIC No.
REPORTER: How confident are you after this victory?
JELENA DOKIC You know, again, I sort of think I played quite well. And I think this was going to
be a very tough match for me. I think out of all the seeds, and all the players, I think she's
the toughest to play in the first round. You know, I think the next one will be tough, but
maybe a little bit easier than today. I was very down today. And, you know, I nearly lost that
match. And to come back and win it is -- it gives you a lot of confidence.
TOUR OFFICIAL: Any other questions?
REPORTER: Who was with you in the box?
JELENA DOKIC My mom and my fitness trainer.
REPORTER: Do we know who you're playing next?
JELENA DOKIC Magui Serna.
REPORTER: What do you expect from her?
JELENA DOKIC Like I said, it will be a tough match, but maybe a little bit easier than today.
It's a different player all together. She's a left-hander. And hits the ball, you know, hard
and clean. I played her before. I think Wimbledon last year and had a win there. So, you
know, again, it's a very tough match. And a dangerous one for me if I don't play well. And,
you know, again, I'm just going to have to go out there and do my best.
REPORTER: Jelena, you won -- sorry, you got to the semis of Wimbledon a few years ago. I'm
wondering if you have expectations to get to a Grand Slam final one day and do you think that
day is soon coming?
JELENA DOKIC I hope so. You know, I think Grand Slams are very special. I think you get a --
that's where everything comes together and that's where you have to play well. You know, I
think I'm getting up there and my game's getting up there. It's very tough. There are so many
good players right now. The top ten is just so close. And, you know, it's anyone's tournament.
We've seen that in the last few Grand Slams. We've had different players in the final all the
time. You know, there are a few older players that might go out in a few years and there are
some younger ones coming through. But, you know, it's not -- it's an aim for me, but not right
now. I think to improve my game is the most important thing right now.
TOUR OFFICIAL: Thank you.
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The interview article quoted from Rogers AT&T Cup 2001 Official Website.