Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
Rogers AT&T Cup 2002 (Canadian Open)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
14 August, 2002
Rogers AT&T Cup - Press Conferences
MATCH : JELENA DOKIC vs. MARTINA SUCHA
SCORE / RÉSULTAT: 6-3, 6-4
WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST 2002 / MERCREDI 14 AOÛT 2002
INTERVIEW WITH / ENTREVU AVEC: JELENA DOKIC
TOUR OFFICIAL: Okay. Questions for Jelena.
REPORTER: How was it on the court this
morning, with the heat and wind and everything?
JELENA DOKIC: It was a little bit of a slow, hot
court. The balls were a little bit bigger, so
they weren't as fast, so it was a little bit
different. I only got here a day ago; so,
considering that, I think I played okay. It's a
little bit warmer and more humid than what it
has been in America. So, considering everything,
I think it was okay, but I think I have to
improve still a little bit more.
REPORTER: On what?
JELENA DOKIC: Just my game in general, serve,
just heating in general. I haven't had that much
practice here, just get used to the heat still.
REPORTER: Jelena, did you say the balls seemed
bigger or they are bigger?
JELENA DOKIC: They are smaller here; here, they
are smaller, they're quicker. The U.S. Open ball
is quicker. The ones that we played with were a
lot slower and not as fast.
REPORTER: Which ones do they use in California?
JELENA DOKIC: I don't know, Penn, I think.
REPORTER: You seemed to be trying to come to the
net more; is that a new part of your game?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, a little bit. It's a little
bit hard when you're not hitting as well than
feels good. Like I said, I haven't been
practising here that much so it was a little bit
different. But I've been trying to do that a
litle bit more in my matches.
REPORTER: Jelena, last week, you lost the
semi-finals to Chanda Rubin, when she suggested
that you semi-tanked in 41 minutes, and then
there were some suggestions that you were having
some personal problems that led to the defeat.
Can you address that issue or elaborate on that?
JELENA DOKIC: I was sick all last week, I had
the flu; I didn't feel very well. I played a lot
of tennis the week before and that week also and
doubles, and I just -- I wasn't able to compete
at 100 per cent, and that was it. You know,
mentally, I wasn't very clear either. Like I
said, I played a lot of matches, so I just
wasn't in a good enough condition to play.
REPORTER: Do you think it was fair of her to say
JELENA DOKIC: I don't think so, no. I think she
knows better; but, that's her opinion and maybe
-- she's lost to me before. She knows what I
usually play like and I didn't even play 5 per
cent of what I can play, so maybe that's why she
said it. But, again, you know, I was a little
bit sick that week. You know, I was really
tired. But that's her opinion and she doesn't
know what happened, so --
REPORTER: Now that Serena Williams is out of the
tournament, how do you attack? Are your hopes
even higher than they were before the tournament?
JELENA DOKIC: The draw is a little bit open up
at the top, but that's not my half. So, I think
it was unfortunate that she pulled out. It
doesn't change very much, you know, unless I get
to the final. And that is a long way away. For
me, it doesn't make a difference. The draw is a
little bit different right now and probably
shouldn't have been like that.
REPORTER: Jelena, Anna Kournikova is playing
today and there's always a lot of attention on
her whenever she plays and a lot of pictures of
her in the paper and so on. Do other players on
the tour resent that because she has never won a
tournament but she's getting all the
endorsements and all the attention?
JELENA DOKIC: She gets the attention for her
looks. I think we all would like her to do a
little bit more on the tennis court. But, you
know, that's her image. She has had that for
years now and you can't change that. So -- but I
think she -- I still think she can play well,
better than she showed. I played her in San
Diego, she played very well. I'm sure that
eventually she will show what she can do.
TOUR OFFICIAL: Anything else?
REPORTER: What was the best part of your match
JELENA DOKIC: I was still a lot down and broke
points to go down 3-love and then I sort of got
my head back together a little bit and I played
a better second set after that. But, generally,
you know, I could improve on everything. I
didn't feel very comfortable, considering I
haven't had that much practice here. But, you
know, it wasn't too bad.
REPORTER: How difficult was the heat?
JELENA DOKIC: I felt okay. I think it's very
warm and humid, but it doesn't affect me. I
usually don't have too many problems with the
heat. It didn't bother me too much. Maybe the
first match was better to be played later, maybe
later on in the afternoon when it gets warmer.
REPORTER: Do you do anything special when it
gets that hot? Do you drink a lot?
JELENA DOKIC: You do normal things, drink more
and just try to cool off a little bit. But
there's not much you can do when you are
playing, especially when it's so humid like it
REPORTER: Do you like playing in Montreal?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. It's only my second time
here. I've been in Toronto three times. It's a
great place, great stadium. The people are
amazing here, and the crowds. I think everyone
loves coming back here every year.
TOUR OFFICIAL: Is that it? Okay. Thanks.
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The interview article quoted from Rogers AT&T Cup 2002 Official Website.