Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

The Championships 2002
Wimbledon, Great Britain
01 July, 2002
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   Jelena Dokic

   Day 7, Jelena Dokic
     Monday, July 1, 2002

   D. HANTUCHOVA/J. Dokic, 6-4, 7-5

   MODERATOR: Questions. 

   Q. Were you surprised to go out? Were you surprised to lose today?

   JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, a little bit. You know, I was just not happy 
   with the way I played because I could have played a lot better. You 
   know, I just didn't play well enough to win. If I did, I think I 
   would have won. 

   Q. The rain came at the wrong time for you, because you were just 
   getting ahead in that second set? 

   JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I think that made a difference. Because I was in 
   that second set. I think I would have won it. It would have been a 
   whole different story in that third set. The rain delay didn't help. 
   So I think that's where things turned around. You know, after that, 
   I lost my momentum. I just, you know -- I didn't play well enough. 

   Q. Will you tell us what happened? There was quite a long delay. 
   Play started on the other courts. 

   JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. They said it was still slippery, so...

   Q. How far do you think Daniela might be able to go here this year? 
   Is she good enough to go any further against Serena maybe?

   JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. Depending how Serena plays. You know, I 
   don't know. Just depends. I think -- I mean, a lot depends on how 
   Serena plays. I think if she plays well enough, it will be hard to 
   beat her. I think Serena's going into the match as a favorite. You'd 
   have to favor her. It all depends.

   Q. When you say, "If she plays well enough," you're referring to 


   Q. What was it you found hard to deal with against Daniela?

   JELENA DOKIC: Not to deal with. I think it was pretty much 
   everything I did. I didn't move as well and I just made too many 
   errors. I was really, really tight. I didn't feel good. That's where 
   I lost the match. It wasn't so much that I played well, and she was 
   just too good, it was not like that.

   Q. In the first set you made a lot of errors. 

   JELENA DOKIC: Even the first set after I came back after the rain, I 
   couldn't get into rallies. I pretty much gave a lot of points away. 

   Q. What happens now? Will you stay in London?

   JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. I have no idea. I do

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   Daniela Hantuchova

   Day 7, Daniela Hantuchova
     Monday, July 1, 2002

   D. HANTUCHOVA/J. Dokic, 6-4, 7-5

   MODERATOR: First question, please, for Daniela Hantuchova. 

   Q. Would you say this is the biggest win of your career?

   DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Well, I mean, yeah, I think it's one of my 
   biggest wins because I have beaten a couple of the Top-10 players. 
   But, you know, this is Grand Slam, and that really means something. 
   So I'm just really happy the way I played today. And, yeah, I have 
   to say it's one of my biggest wins, yeah.

   Q. Did the rain break come at the right time for you? Jelena was 
   ahead in the second set, wasn't she?

   DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Yeah, well, I think the rain break helped me a 
   little bit because I started really well, and I was pleased the way 
   I played the first set. But then I had a few chances at the 
   beginning of the second set, which I didn't take. I lost a bit of 
   concentration. After the rain break, I came back fresh, and I was 
   very confident. I'm just really happy that I came back in the second 
   set, and I just did anything what it takes, you know, to win that 
   second set. And I was really happy the way I played.

   Q. Are you surprised that you got the chances, given that she's 
   ranked higher than you?

   DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: No, I mean, not at all. I played her already 
   twice, and I won both matches. So I was very confident about this 
   one. You know, I'm just really happy that it happen now in the Grand 
   Slam, which means something more than in the other tournaments. 
   Yeah, I was definitely really happy about this win. 

   Q. Serena is going to be a formidable opponent in the quarterfinals. 

   DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Well, I'm just looking forward for this match 
   very much because, I mean, it's for me first time in quarterfinals 
   of a Grand Slam, and that's very excited for me - especially here in 
   Wimbledon. I've got nothing to lose. So I just going to go out there 
   and, you know, try to do my best. I'm really looking forward.

   Q. Have you played on the show courts before here?

   DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: I played last year Venus on Court No. 1, and 
   then the mixed doubles final.

   Q. What have you learned about grass this year? How are you more 
   confident on the grass?

   DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Definitely I'm really confident about the way 
   I'm hitting the ball on grass, especially, you know, having an 
   English coach has helped me a lot how to play on grass. I just I 
   think I got more experience than I had last year. And, yeah, I think 
   it's a really, really big advantage to have an English coach that 
   knows, you know, how to play on grass.

   Q. What are the special things you feel better about?

   DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: I mean, it's just, you know -- it helps me a lot 
   when I'm, you know, trying to go for it and being aggressive because 
   it's a fast surface. Also, you know, trying to come in, it's much 
   easier on grass than on other surface because, you know, the 
   opponent has got not many chances to hit a good shot. And also it 
   helps me with the serve because it's fast. So I'm really -- I really 
   like to play on grass.

   Q. Do you get the feeling, Daniela, you're a real crowd favorite 

   DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Yeah, definitely. I mean, I really love that 
   atmosphere. I really feel like every day I've got more and more 
   friends on my side. It's really a great feeling when you're out 
   there and you know the crowd is supporting you and it helps you - 
   and that can make a big difference.

   Q. Is it at other tournaments or particularly at Wimbledon that you 
   have such support?

   DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Especially here in England, I'm getting a lot of 
   fans. And it's for me very exciting. I just, you know, hope to keep 
   it like it is. Hopefully, you know, when they come to watch me, I 
   hopefully, you know, can show them some of the good tennis. I just 
   really enjoy playing here in England.

   Q. When you play against Serena, it will be a high-profile match. 
   Are you perhaps proud of the fact that you've been able to show that 
   - although you have all this attention, male attention - that you 
   can play good tennis, unlike other people who might suggest because 
   you are good looking you may not be able to compete?

   DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Exactly. I'm really happy about this fact. You 
   know, the people like to talk about the other things, too, but I 
   think that I proved this tournament that they can talk about my 
   tennis, too, a lot. I'm just really happy the way I played. And, as 
   I said, I'm just trying to be focused on my tennis. 
   You know, people like to talk about that other stuff, too. But I'm 
   really happy that I proved that my tennis is the most important 
   thing for me. 

   Q. Have you had a lot of endorsements, sponsorship deals?

   DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Well, I mean, these things are taken care of by 
   my agent and manager, so I'm just focusing on my tennis. 

   Q. Who is your coach?


   Q. How will you celebrate tonight? 

   DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Well, I mean, definitely we're going to have a 
   nice dinner. I just will be focused on my next match. I will get a 
   nice rest, get ready for the next one. But definitely we're going to 
   have a nice dinner. 

   Q. Do you have any family here with you?

   DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Yeah, my parents are here with me together. They 
   both are here. And my coach, so.

The interview article quoted from the Official Site of The Championships 2002, Wimbledon.