Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

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

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 Day 9 - Jelena Dokic
   Tuesday, June 4, 2002

 J. CAPRIATI/J. Dokic 6-4, 4-6, 6-1


   Q. Some of the points your shots were so amazing, and some of the 
   points you just gave it freely to Jennifer. Could you talk a little 
   about your consistency, what happened? 

   JELENA DOKIC: I think it was just concentration. I had so many 
   chances in the first set, and I think we were both really nervous. 
   That was the difference. I was just really -- you know, when I went 
   for my shots, I played well. When I was tentative and defensive, I 
   didn't play well. When I was nervous - and that's I think what 
   happened on my serve - I would get too tight and tentative, and 
   that's all that happened. 

   Q. Looking forward to the grass court season, you're going to 
   Birmingham?

   JELENA DOKIC: Yes.

   Q. Why did you decide to go there?

   JELENA DOKIC: Maybe it's good to have two weeks on grass before 
   Wimbledon. I don't know. I just wanted to get another tournament in. 
   It's always a tough field there every year, so maybe it's a good 
   thing to go, you know, get some good matches before Wimbledon, just 
   test it all out. Because it's not a long season, grass is not a long 
   season like clay is. You don't have four or five tournaments. You 
   (can/can't?) afford not to do well in one or two. But I wanted to 
   have a practice week there. Birmingham, no matter how well I do, I 
   will concentrate on Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

   Q. You'll be top seed at Birmingham and Eastbourne. Do you feel 
   you'll be the center of attention? 

   JELENA DOKIC: I think seeding won't really matter. I think for me 
   it's just important to get some matches in. You know, I mean, might 
   be a little bit more pressure on me. But that's fine. You know, I 
   really look forward to the grass court.

   Q. Is grass your favorite surface or one of your favorite?

   JELENA DOKIC: I'd have to say so, yeah. 


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 Day 9 - Jennifer Capriati
   Tuesday, June 4, 2002


 J. CAPRIATI/J. Dokic 6-4, 4-6, 6-1


   Q. Two questions about the lighting out there. Number one, have you 
   ever played a Grand Slam match in lighting that was that dim? Was it 
   affecting your game? 

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, those are good questions because, yes -- 
   first, no, I haven't played in a Grand Slam match that's been that 
   dim and dark. Maybe if scheduling would have been a little bit 
   different, we would have played on the center court, maybe a little 
   bit earlier, or split it up a little bit, the matches, it would have 
   been better. But I think in the second set, I was starting to 
   struggle. I really had to focus and really concentrate in the third. 
   It was like I was trying to watch the ball more than usual because, 
   yeah, I think it was very dark, as probably the spectators, 
   everyone, saw, too.

   Q. Women's tennis is rocking now. Serena mentioned that, once again, 
   all the quarters would be on Suzanne Lenglen. Do you think it's an 
   insult to women's tennis that none of them are on Court Central? 

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yes and no. It's sort of no because we're on 
   Suzanne Lenglen, and that's paying respects to her. Maybe that's 
   why. You know, she was a great female tennis player, and -- if the 
   center court was named Suzanne Lenglen, maybe they would do it the 
   opposite. They need to name the center court Suzanne Lenglen 
   (laughter).

   Q. If they did that, do you think they would stick you on Chatrier 
   court?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know. It would be pretty ironic. In a 
   way, it's just making a point that she was a great woman tennis 
   player of those days. They're trying to take us back there. But I 
   think quarters, finals should be played on a center court, on the 
   main court.

   Q. I see Matthew Perry is in your group in the stands. Can you 
   confirm? Is he boyfriend, good friend?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Just good friend, uh-huh. 

   Q. Back to tennis, you had a lot of defense to play today. Is this 
   like the perfect match to get ready for Serena William?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: In a way, yes. I'm happy it was a tough match, 
   that I got to do some running. If it would have been easier, I maybe 
   would not have felt as sharp going into the next match. But now I 
   feel it's almost like a really good workout for me. I feel better 
   after those kind of workouts.

   Q. How do you deal with Dokic, knowing that she's going for it on 
   every stroke she hits out there, it's either going to be hit or miss?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Right. That's why it's kind of tough to maintain 
   a rhythm out there. But, I mean, lucky for me I like that kind of 
   game. I like hitting the ball flat. That suits me. But unlucky is 
   that she likes it, too, because I hit flat. I think she really feeds 
   off my balls. But I think I was able to change the rhythm a little 
   bit. I tried that, and it worked a few times. Just I've played her 
   enough. I feel like overall, shot for shot, I think I'm probably 
   more powerful than her. Really I feel like I can run down her balls. 
   As soon as I get the opening, I feel like, you know, I can sort of 
   get ahead and take advantage.

   Q. Do you ever play sets or train at Wesley Chapel?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Huh? 

   Q. With her. 

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, not in a long time. We used to. She's hardly 
   there anymore. 

   Q. Go through the draw, looking at the match ahead, but now the 
   match ahead is Serena Williams. Venus may be lurking in the final. 
   Does that feel different, these are the biggest players coming up 
   now?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, now we can talk about it. Before we 
   couldn't talk about it (laughter) now that it's finally here. I 
   think I'm playing good tennis. I feel confident. I came up with some 
   good shots today, some big shots. I served really well. I think I 
   surprised myself on the serve. So hopefully I haven't used all of 
   them up and I'll have some of them for the next match. I mean, we've 
   played many times. She's beaten me the last few times, but we 
   haven't played in a Grand Slam in a while. You know, I don't know 
   how -- sometimes she gets nervous in the Grand Slams or maybe she 
   doesn't play as well, or I play better. You know, I'm going in there 
   thinking that she's really like the one to beat now, and she's 
   really playing well and on top of her game. It's going to be the 
   toughest match for me. We'll see how it goes. Then we can talk about 
   the next match. For right now, I mean, it's a pretty big task.

   Q. How does it feel different, from maybe the beginning of the 
   tournament, when you are down to the last couple matches and you're 
   talking about highly ranked opponents?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, this is what really starts to fuel my 
   fire. I really enjoy playing get -- getting at this stage of a 
   tournament. In the beginning, it's sometimes tough. You know, you 
   really have to concentrate all the time. Maybe you might think that 
   the matches are going to be easy, and you can lose a little bit of 
   concentration. I think I've really improved on that over the last 
   few times. I've paced myself. I mean really now, it's all been the 
   preparation and giving up for the second week. 

   Q. I can understand when you and other top players say that numbers 
   are somewhat meaningless, even sometimes rankings. If Serena does 
   win, she will become No. 2, and Venus and Serena would be 1 and 2, 
   and her dad's prediction would come true. Does that have any meaning 
   for you? 

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I mean, really, I can't say anything until -- 
   first of all, it has to happen. If it happens, maybe I'll comment on 
   it. Right now there's still a match to be played.

   Q. Do you have any kind of tactic that you think you're going to go 
   out facing off against Serena? Seemed like at least today nothing 
   could stop her, she won 6-1, 6-1, in terms of baseline, being 
   aggressive. Are you going to see how it goes?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Right, that's always how she plays. Mary, I 
   played her in Rome. Seems to me that she has a tough time moving 
   around. You know, it's kind of the same thing. So she really wasn't 
   tested. Maybe in the last match she was tested a little bit -- I 
   mean, being so easy now, that could be to my advantage. You know, 
   I've just got to go out and play my game. If I have a game plan, I'm 
   going to think about it more probably tomorrow, next practice. I 
   really can't comment a lot on it right now. It's not going to be any 
   different. I'm not going to come out and start serve-volleying. It's 
   my game. Her game is the same way. I think we're pretty much almost 
   mirror each other a lot. 

   Q. You mentioned before the tournament began if you played Serena 
   again, when you get out in front, you have to step on the gas a 
   little bit more. Does that still hold true?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Definitely. I think I really can't let it slip. I 
   mean, that's when the time is to really concentrate hard and to 
   focus more than ever on those points. When I have the opportunity, 
   just not let it slip away. 


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