Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

"Austrian-Serbian" Newspaper
12th October, 2001
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"Best Yugoslav tennis player arrived in Belgrade to extend visa"

Dokic: I am on the right way

Belgrade- Jelena Dokic who is Yugoslav tennis queen, arrived in Belgrade. She came together 
with her mother Ljilja (Ljiljana) to extend visa so she can continue her furious crusade 
toward top of tennis world. Jelena Dokic will play in Zurich 17th October for her next 
title. When we spoke with her about two years ago she told us that she has a goal to enter 
top 15 players in the world. After she won the tournament in Moscow where she was better 
than home-crowd-favorite Elena Dementieva, Dokic entered top ten. 

- I came to Belgrade, to extend visa for future competitions. I entered top ten, but our 
people are great and they want only the top. I followed matches of Yugoslavian champions- 
water polo players, basketball players, and volleyball players. Therefore I realized that I 
must chase only first place so I can be on the level of most successful sport nation in the 
world. I am very sorry that I will not be able to enjoy in beauties  of Belgrade, but I 
will find time for that in the future. At a present it is most important for me to continue 
with good matches and victories so I can go further toward top in the list of best tennis 
players in the world.

You won the finale match against Elena Dementieva and her home-crowd in Moscow without any 
problems?

- Elena Dementieva will make great success in the future. I knew that her crowd would cheer 
aggressively until she starts to lose. That is characteristic of crowd in Moscow and we 
(Serbians) are different from them. I followed matches of Janko Tipsarevic in Davis cup and 
I admired support of our crowd until last moment of the match. I have a dream to play in 
front my home crowd in Yugoslavia. 

What are your future plans?

- I already answered that question. People in our country push our sportsman and sportswoman 
to the top with their fantastic support. I need much more effort in order to get to the top, 
but I think that I am on the right way to do that- said Jelena Dokic.
 
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Serbian:

"Najbolja jugoslovenska teniserka doputovala u Beograd da produzi vizu" 

Dokia: Na pravom sam putu 

BEOGRAD - Jelena Dokia, jugoslovenska teniska kraljica, doputovala je u Beograd. Zajedno sa majkom
Ljiljom dosla je kako bi izvadila vizu za nastavak svog furioznog pohoda ka samom vrhu zenskog tenisa u
svetu. Jelena Dokia ae u Cirihu 17. oktobra pojuriti novu titulu. Pre otprilike pola godine, kada smo
razgovarali sa njom, rekla je da joj je cilj da u 2002. godinu ude sa plasmanom medu 15 najboljih
teniserki sveta. Nakon pobede na turniru u Moskvi, gde je u finalu bila bolja od domaae teniserke Elene
Demantijeve, vea je usla medu prvih deset. 

- Dosla sam u Beograd, kako bih sebi obezbedila vizu za naredna takmieenja. Usla sam medu prvih deset,
medutim, nas narod je najveai i trazi samo vrh. Pratila sam sampionski pohod vaterpolista, kosarkasa i
odbojkasa i shvatila da moram juriti samo prvo mesto, kako bih bila na nivou najsposobnije sportske nacije
na svetu. Zao mi je sto ne mogu da uzivam u lepotama Beograda, ali biae vremena i za to. Sada je najbitnije
da nastavim sa dobrim igrama i pobedama, kako bih sto vise napredovala na listi najboljih teniserki sveta. 

Na poslednjem takmieenju u finalu ste u Moskvi bez ikakvih problema savladali Elenu Dementijevu, pred
njenim navijaeima? 

- U pitanju je teniserka koja ae u buduanosti napraviti velike rezultate. U Moskvi sam znala da
njena publika zestoko navija, do trenutka kada oseti da joj ne polazi bas sve za rukom. Publika u Moskvi je
takva i po tome se razlikujemo od njih. Sigurna sam da bi nasa publika do poslednjeg trenutka verovala u moj
uspeh. Pratila sam meeeve Janka Tipsareviaa u Dejvis kupu, diveai se podrsci nase publike do posledenjeg
trenutka. San mi je da zaigram veliki turnir pred svojim navijaeima u Jugoslaviji. 

Kakvi su dalji planovi? 

- Mislim da sam na to pitanje vea odgovorila. Ljudi u nasoj zemlji svojom bezrezervnom podrskom teraju
sportiste na sam vrh. Sto se mene tiee do vrha me eeka jos mnogo truda i ulaganja, ali mislim da sam na
pravom putu - konstatovala je Jelena Dokia. 

S. Vlajia 
 
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Special thanks to Mr.Ljubisa Bojic (Yuba) for translating this interview article.

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