Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

Internationaux de France 2002 (French Open)
Roland Garros in Paris, France
01 June, 2002

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 Day 6 - Jelena Dokic
   Saturday, June 1, 2002

 J. DOKIC/E. Likhovtseva 6-2, 6-3

   Q. Yesterday Kim Clijsters got waxed real bad, 6-4, 6-0. I wonder 
   whether the other top players in the draw take that as kind of a 
   wake-up call, that you better bring your A game to the court if 
   you're playing the next day. 

   JELENA DOKIC: I think with Justine losing so early, I think it was a 
   wake-up call. You know, it's a Grand Slam. Anything's possible. You 
   know, she was beaten yesterday. You know, I could have lost two days 
   ago. I was two points away from it. But that's the way it happens. 
   Especially when you get into like the fourth rounds, the quarters, I 
   think it's anyone's match. I think in women's tennis right now, you 
   have the top players, but they're very beatable. There aren't too 
   many top players where you can really rely on them. I think it's 

   Q. How well did you play today compared to your last match? Seems 
   like you stepped it up a little bit. 

   JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I did step it up a little bit - I had to. It was 
   a different match. Conchita played a different game. She was tough 
   to play against on clay. She played really well that day, and I 
   didn't. But, you know, I was lucky to get out of that one. You know, 
   I think when you have a match like that, you really focus on the 
   next one to try and get better. I played well today when I needed 
   to. I was in control from the beginning. 

   Q. Can you talk about walking the fine line between maintaining 
   aggressiveness on clay and not being overaggressive, like with a 
   game like yours?

   JELENA DOKIC: I did that against Conchita. I started missing too 
   much. It's not so easy to do that on clay. You know, it's important 
   to be aggressive, but sometimes, you know, you can overdo it. I 
   think I overdid that against Conchita. But she also makes you do 
   that. You've got to find the fine line. It's tough to do that on 
   clay. I think with matches you get better.

   Q. Saw you at Sarasota. It was early after you came back. Here we 
   are a couple months later. How much better is your speed and how 
   much better is your fitness right now than it was when you were 
   playing on the clay at Sarasota?

   JELENA DOKIC: I've had a really unlucky year this year with 
   injuries. You know, nothing major. But it's just been every 
   tournament and every week. I think I'm a lot better since then 
   physically. I can still improve. I don't feel like I'm at the best 
   level I can be, but I'm a lot better. I feel a lot better 
   physically. I feel like I'm getting there. You know, it's just 
   important to maintain that and not get injured.

   Q. Do you feel like now that most players have to deal with small 
   injuries every single year? It seems even a lot of players left in 
   the draw here have had a month here, a couple weeks there. Getting a 
   hundred percent healthy year after year is tough?

   JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. I think there are so many players right now that 
   are injured, a lot of top players also. It wasn't like that two or 
   three years ago. It's really changed. I know I've had that. I think 
   it's the small injuries that are the worst ones because you never 
   know what can happen. The matches are so much tougher. It's very 
   hard to maintain, you know, fitness. You just have to hope you're 

   Q. So last year, you looked at your draw, saw it was clear. This 
   year have you not looked at it at all beyond your first match?

   JELENA DOKIC: No, I didn't. I made a really big mistake last year. 
   You know, I was really down after I lost last year. It shouldn't 
   have happened. I had an open draw. You know, you can lose against 
   anyone, but it's just that I played a really poor match. You know, 
   it shouldn't have happened at a Grand Slam. But I've just -- this 
   year I've just been going match by match, just not looking too far 
   ahead. I think, you know, each one is really important. You know, 
   when you're two points away from defeat, two days ago, I really have 
   no intentions to look ahead, you know, just on the next one.

   Q. I'm sure you're aware that Jennifer is on your side. Do you feel 
   like every match, your next match, you're going to have to step it 
   up, then getting to her, another one?

   JELENA DOKIC: I will. When you're in the ending stages of a Grand 
   Slam, you have to keep on getting better. I feel like with each 
   match here, I've gotten better, which is good. I feel a lot better 
   than I did at the beginning of the tournament. I'm just looking at 
   the next match right now, not who I'm playing in the quarters or 
   semis, so on. I'm just looking towards the next one, and hoping that 
   I can, you know, maintain my level of play and play better and 

   Q. Can you give us your scouting report on Srebotnik or Loit?

   JELENA DOKIC: I've played Srebotnik, but not the other girl. Whoever 
   gets through, I think they play very different games. I'm just going 
   to have to wait and see who gets through. I think the important 
   thing is just to go out there and play my game. I'm not going to 
   change too much. Just, like I said, try and get better with each 
   match and stay aggressive. 

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The interview article quoted from the Roland Garros 2002 official website.