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.