Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

Tennis Masters Series - Roma 2002 (Italian Open)
Parco del Foro Italico in Rome, Italy
16 May, 2002


May 16, 2002

A. MYSKINA/J. Dokic, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

An Interview With: JELENA DOKIC

THE MODERATOR: First question, please. 

Q. What happened? 

JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. I have no idea. I mean, she played a good first set 
-- I mean, I played a good first set. And I just let up a little bit, and she 
just seemed to get better and better as the match went on. And, you know, in the 
end she just didn't miss. It was, you know, whatever I hit and whatever I did, 
you know, she just couldn't miss and was getting better and better. And, you 
know, I'm not at my best physically, and my game's not at my best. And, you 
know, when you make a few errors, and when you're not playing as well, she just 
came back and won. 

Q. You said you're not at the top. Do you have physical problems?

JELENA DOKIC: No, my game is just not there. I've been injured for most of the 
year, so that doesn't help either. And I don't think -- I'm not as physically 
fit as I want to be. And it's been hard to work on my fitness when I've been 
injured. Also, I mean, my game isn't at its best. And, you know, there's a lot 
of things I could have done better. 

Q. How is the injury? Is it completely finished now? 

JELENA DOKIC: You know, I'm just going tournament by tournament. Because every 
tournament I've been injured, so it just comes and goes. You know, I was fine 
after yesterday so I just thought, "We'll see how I feel after today." It's not 
something that, you know, happens when I feel it, it happens in the match; it 
always happens later on. And I've been really unfortunate with that. Just 
limited, you know, my -- I just haven't been able to give my best and be able to 
go out there and play 100% because, you know, I don't know what's going to 
happen next. Mentally, that way, my confidence is not there. 

Q. Do you think you can get in top shape for the upcoming Grand Slams? 

JELENA DOKIC: Well, again, it depends how my injuries go. I think if I -- if I 
have a good week next week in Strasbourg and play well, I think I can get, you 
know -- I can be close maybe at the French Open. But it's still a matter of 
time. And, you know, I'm just really disappointed with not being able to give it 
my best because of my injuries. And it's just really frustrating. And, you know, 
I just have no confidence right now. You know, I have nothing to lose. I don't 
have very much to defend after this. So it's a bit of a letdown here, but, you 
know, you got to look at it on a bright side and just go on from here. 

Q. You talk about the injuries. Which kind of injuries? 


Q. Legs? 


Q. Where? 

JELENA DOKIC: It's been abductor, adductor, hamstring - everything. 

Q. Is it much better for you to play on clay than on hardcourt considering the 

JELENA DOKIC: I think it's tough both ways right now because the surfaces are 
really tough. You know, hardcourt was really tough, I think, this season also. I 
mean, that's where I got most of my injuries - indoors and hardcourt. And clay 
doesn't help either, long matches don't help. I think either way it's not an 
ideal surface. Maybe clay is a little bit better. Even though the matches might 
be longer, I think clay's maybe a little bit better to play on. 

Q. What kind of treatment can you get for all your injuries? Is it a special 
thing, or just massage? 

JELENA DOKIC: You know, I don't know. I'm still trying to figure that out. You 
know, I think I, you know, I had a long break after last year. So I think that 
probably didn't help. And I didn't play for a long time. And I just need to get 
back, you know, to be able to train properly and play properly. I think I just 
need a couple of weeks of, you know, being able to be fit, and I think I'll be 
back. It's not much. It's a little bit, but it makes a big difference. 

Q. Do you think that if you had played like last year, like in 2000, you could 
have won today? 

JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, definitely. I think -- I beat her two weeks ago. And I just 
think, you know, if I played like last year, I definitely would have won. I 
mean, you know, you can never say -- I mean, I don't know. But I have a feeling 
I would have. I was in much better shape last year. 

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May 16, 2002

A. MYSKINA/J. Dokic, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3


THE MODERATOR: First question, please. 

Q. We don't know you very much. Is this one of your best victories, or did you 
beat other top seeds? 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I beat Hantuchova in the first round, but she's 14 in the 
world. So I think Dokic is my best. 

Q. And how would you interpret your victory? Why do you think you won? 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I played before with the players Top 10, like Capriati and 
Venus. I played three sets with both of them. And I was, like, really ready to 
beat some of Top 10 players. And finally what I did today. And I'm really happy. 
I was ready, I think, for this. 

Q. Is it true that you had to stop for one year, your career?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I stop for four months. I had surgery for my left wrist. It 
was the end of summer, '99. I'm not play four months. But not one year, no. 
That's too much (smiling). 

Q. She had beaten you two weeks ago in Hamburg. What did you do better this 
time? Was she not playing as well?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: In Hamburg we play like almost indoors, and I think she 
little bit better in indoors than me. She play, of course, faster. So I try 
today to play, I think, more smarter, like, than usual - not hit like every 
ball. Sometimes topspin, dropshot, you know, like a short cross-court. Not hit 
like every ball, because she like it when you play against her really fast. 

Q. Would you say clay is your best surface, do you think?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: No. Actually, I like hardcourt, I like fast courts. Prefer to 
fast tennis. But really good on the clay courts also sometimes. I hope not last 
time (laughing). 

Q. How did you approach tennis when you were a kid? Why tennis, and not 
something else? 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: When I was six, my parents -- I live near tennis club, and my 
parents play some on weekends. And they brought me to this club. And the mother 
of Marat Safin, she saw me first time and she said that I'm not too bad 
(laughing). Not good, but...

Q. And the mother, she still follows you?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: No, she was my first coach until I was 16. And now she travel 
with her - the second child - daughter, Dinara. So, yes, I have another coach 
for now. 

Q. You play her?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: No, she's younger than me. So no. And she practice in Spain, 

Q. Besides your parents, who would play tennis in your family? Do you have 
someone who would play sports professionally in your family? 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Actually, my parents don't play tennis really good. My father 
plays soccer - I don't know, some teams. I know he is not too bad. And my mom, 
she's swimming - a little bit. 

Q. He still plays?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: No. He played when he was... before. 

Q. Was it a famous team?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: No, no. I don't think so. No. But he is not too bad 

Q. Is tennis what you wanted to do? Maybe something else? Maybe ballet? 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: No. I want to be designer, some clothes stuff so... But it's 
hard to study and play tennis. So I think if I can, after, when I finish, I will 
do this, or be able. 

Q. Why a designer?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I don't know. I just would like to make some clothes, you 
know. Just really like it. 

Q. (Inaudible)? 


Q. You seem to play well in Italy because I think once in Sicily you played 
well, no? 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yeah, I won Palermo in '99. And before, I won 25,000 in 
Gorizia. So I really love Italy. And I played lot of juniors in Italy. It's like 
my second country I think (laughing). 

Q. Do you remember where you played in junior events? Florence or Salsomaggiore, 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yes, exactly. Salsomaggiore, Milan. But not really good, just 
really good time (smiling). 

Q. You don't speak a little bit Italian? 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I -- when I played juniors, I will understand good Italian. 
But now, not really. Sorry. A few words, yes, maybe. 

Q. Do you follow the designers in Italy? Did you meet some? 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: No, I really don't have the time. A lot of practice. And, you 
know, I have to study also little bit, but not designer. 

Q. Which one do you like of the Italians? 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I don't really know exactly -- really good about this. I just 
really want to do this. So not really. 

Q. Do you have any friends on the circuit that you go out with during the 
tournaments, the girls you see during the tournament? Are they Russian?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yeah, Russian usually - Dementieva, Likhovtseva. We try to 
keep together. Because the same language, it's more easy to understand each 
other. But I still really good to the other players so if they want to go 
somewhere, we can go. Doesn't matter. 

Q. Did you ever play Serena? 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Was three or four years ago, qualifying Kremlin Cup, and I 
lost to her 6-love, 6-4. 

Q. Do you think the match you played against Venus in Miami might help you to 
play this tournament better? You played very well. 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Not in Miami, in Dubai. Yeah, was -- I think it's gonna help 
me a little bit because I think they play similar. But still they're different, 
because Serena play, I think, more aggressive than Venus. And it's gonna be 
really hard for me tomorrow. But I will fight. 

Q. Who were the players you liked the most when you were young and you were 
looking up to players? 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I think Monica. When I was young, she play and she won some 
titles, and I watch her on TV. But I really like Jennifer right now, how she 
plays. I really, really like her. 

Q. And the men? 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Hard question... Not watching men's tennis. But I think 
Marat. He's really good, impressive, how he's playing. 

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