Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

Rogers AT&T Cup 2002 (Canadian Open)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
17 August, 2002
Rogers AT&T Cup - Press Conferences

   RESULTS / RÉSULTAT: 6-7, 4-0 ret.

   SATURDAY 17 AUGUST 2002 / SAMEDI 17 AOÛT 2002


   TOUR OFFICIAL: First question, please.

   REPORTER: Jelena, was the problem knee or thigh?

   JELENA DOKIC: Right hamstring strain.

   REPORTER: When did you start to feel it?

   JELENA DOKIC: I felt it yesterday. I have had 
   problems with it throughout the whole week, with 
   both of them. And, you know, I haven't had 
   enough time to recover, and it got worse 
   yesterday a little bit, and then today it got 
   much worse in the match.

   REPORTER: When did you start feeling it in the 
   match, at what point?

   JELENA DOKIC: Middle of the first set.

   REPORTER: Did you kind of know it was inevitable?

   JELENA DOKIC: You know, even if I think maybe 
   even if I won the first set, it would be very 
   hard for me to win in the condition that I was 
   in because it kept on getting worse and worse. 
   So, you know, I was hoping -- I was going out 
   there -- it was feeling okay at the beginning. 
   But, you know, the more I played the more I had 
   to run and the worse it got. So, you know, I 
   didn't think it would get that bad. So, you 
   know, but I tried to play on and it got worse.

   REPORTER: Is it the first time you have had that 
   problem this season?

   JELENA DOKIC: No. I didn't play at the beginning 
   hardly at all because I was injured and it was 
   the same problem.

   REPORTER: You're one of the most active players 
   on tour. You play singles and doubles. Do you 
   just play too much?

   JELENA DOKIC: Maybe. I think doubles this week 
   was a mistake. You know, I played a lot and we 
   had some tough matches and then I think the 
   scheduling was a little bit -- it was always 
   after my singles, and the first few days there 
   was no break at all, you know. I should look 
   into my singles schedules also, but doubles was, 
   I think, the key. Maybe if I just played 
   singles, I would have been all right. But, you 
   know, still -- maybe I made a mistake before the 
   U.S. Open.

   REPORTER: Do you plan to rest before the U.S. 

   JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. I'm entered next 
   week, but just depends how -- I'm just going day 
   by day depending how I feel. I would rather, you 
   know, pull out next week than pull out of the 
   U.S. Open. So, you know, right now it's 50/50. I 
   don't know what is going to happen, how good I 
   will be, but you know if I have to -- I will not 
   hesitate to pull out, you know. I would rather 
   be good for the U.S. Open.

   REPORTER: Next Monday, you will be ranked number 
   4, your highest ranking. What are your thoughts 
   on that?

   JELENA DOKIC: It's good. I have had a very good 
   year, last year and this year. I have had very 
   good wins. So, I didn't expect to be number 4, 
   but you know it's good. My aim was to be in the 
   Top 5 next year. So, hopefully, I can stay in 
   the Top 10 now for this year and I aim to stay 
   in the Top 5 next year.

   REPORTER: There was some tough calls in the 
   eighth game of the first set. They looked like --

   JELENA DOKIC: What can you do? It happens. I had 
   a few close calls last night. You have it every 
   day, every match. That's normal. Both sides get 
   them; and, you know, that's the way it goes.

   REPORTER: After you got down 3-5 and then came 
   back with a couple of strong games, was it hard 
   to keep your concentration after getting the 
   tough calls and --

   JELENA DOKIC: No, it doesn't affect me really. I 
   was more worried about whether I can run or not, 
   not about the calls so much. So, anyway I 
   thought I would play one long point and then I 
   wouldn't be able to play the next one. That was 
   my main concern. You know, I just wasn't -- I 
   couldn't stay in it. I couldn't run enough and I 
   couldn't make her play enough.

   REPORTER: Were you trying, then, to finish the 
   points quickly?

   JELENA DOKIC: I was. At some stage I was. At 
   6-5, when she was serving, I was trying to go 
   for too much, and I was trying to finish the 
   points too quickly, which I usually wouldn't do. 

   REPORTER: So this is the same injury you had 
   before -- it was a thigh --

   JELENA DOKIC: In Hamburg, yes, hamstring.

   REPORTER: Where is that hamstring, left, right?


   REPORTER: The stoppage in play, was that your 
   idea or was it Jennifer who wanted to take a 
   bathroom break?

   JELENA DOKIC: No, it was me.

   REPORTER: Jelena, it seems that the strongest 
   opponents, you can beat the Hingeses and the 
   Capriatis. Perhaps, but it's your own body 
   that's your toughest obstacle.

   JELENA DOKIC: I think so, right now. I was more 
   worried about myself than my opponents right 
   now. So, I think it's -- maybe I will look into 
   how much I'm playing maybe, I think that might 
   have a little bit to do with it and, you know, 
   definitely cut down a lot next year for sure, 
   maybe even the end of this year. You know, 
   because if I play two or three tournaments in a 
   row I feel good and I can play well, but as soon 
   as it's a little bit more I have trouble, and I 
   think a lot of players would have trouble. If 
   you play a lot, you get injured so, you know, my 
   first thing is to get over the injuries rather 
   than my game.

   REPORTER: Are you the one deciding about your 


   REPORTER: Is there any reason why you play all 
   these tournaments?

   JELENA DOKIC: I didn't play Australia at the 
   beginning, and then I was injured after that so 
   I didn't play -- I missed seven or eight 
   tournaments, so I tried to play a little bit 
   more. I was injured and, you know, I was 
   starting to feel good and I was playing well, 
   and especially the hardcourts, so I thought 
   maybe I should try to play more and get more 
   matches in. Again, I think doubles maybe was a 
   mistake. Maybe if I didn't play doubles it would 
   have been okay, but maybe -- I don't think it 
   was so much the whole year, how much I've played 
   the whole year. I think it's the last few weeks 
   that have done this. So I don't think it's how 
   much I have played in the year. It was just 
   since San Diego I have played so many matches 
   and I haven't had time to recover.

   TOUR OFFICIAL: Any more questions? Thank you.

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Rogers AT&T Cup - Press Conferences

   SCORE / RÉSULTAT: 7-6, 4-0 ret.

   SATURDAY 17 AUGUST 2002 / SAMEDI 17 AOÛT 2002


   TOUR OFFICIAL: Thank you. Go ahead, first 
   question, please.

   REPORTER: Jennifer, what are your feelings of 
   getting to the final in that way, with her 
   retiring in the second set? Does that take away 
   anything from the feeling of accomplishment or 

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, not at all. I think the 
   match was, the first set anyways, you know, I 
   was pretty much on a roll and it was almost at 
   the end anyways, you know, when she retired. So, 
   it was very important to get that first set in, 
   and a very intense first set, so I mean I think 
   that was the match right there.

   REPORTER: Do you have a sense, after you've won 
   the first set, that you have her at a down 
   moment, emotionally, and it's time to pounce, in 
   the start of the second, because that's the way 
   it seemed?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: This time, but I mean on 
   other occasions, like last time, I think I've 
   always won the first set, and what happens is I 
   just back off a little bit and, you know, just 
   let up and it gives them a chance to get right 
   back in it. You never know, like that could just 
   give them more motivation to come back out and 
   play better, but that's something that I'm 
   working on is to try, you know, mentally, after 
   I've won the first set to just keep the pressure 

   REPORTER: You had a little bit of problems with 
   the serve the first game; was it the wind again?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, it was a great match, 
   and I've served great the whole time, you don't 
   have to focus on, you know, the first game. It 
   was just -- I don't think that has anything to 
   do with anything.

   REPORTER: I notice that you are again using a 
   lot of different shots. You're mixing it up with 
   those funky little slice shots you were talking 
   yesterday. Is that a natural evolution in your 
   game or was there a time when you thought that 
   that was how you wanted your game to sort of 
   broaden out? At what point did you make that 

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I think as I get older 
   and more experienced and, you know, realize that 
   sometimes, you know, the way that these girls 
   play now, I mean everyone is -- it's just 
   hard-hitting shots. I mean those are not going 
   to win matches and I can't just try to hit 
   somebody off the court, even though that is my 
   main game and the main strength and that is what 
   usually works for me. But sometimes, you know, 
   that's just the way that they're playing that 
   the other girl is they like that and they feed 
   off that. So, you know, I just tried to figure 
   out or have been working on different, you know, 
   to change the pace.

   REPORTER: How high a level in the first set did 
   the tennis seem to you?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I thought it was pretty good. 
   I mean it was just kind of a -- just a one 
   rhythm kind of set. I mean it was just only 
   hard-hitting, but it was great hard-hitting. You 
   know, maybe there wasn't so much variety or 
   anything but I think, you know, just off the 
   baseline it was definitely a very high level.

   REPORTER: Jennifer, do you feel -- I mean you've 
   talked about revenge all week and this is three 
   in a row, you have kind of got your revenge. 
   Does that motivate you?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, definitely. I'm very 
   happy about it. Who knows who I will play 
   tomorrow. If I play Mauresmo, there is another 
   chance. But I mean when I'm out there I'm not 
   focusing on that, you know. I'm just trying to 
   win the match and play my game and I'm not 
   thinking, "Oh, you know, this is going to be 
   revenge or whatever," but it's nice it turns out 
   that way.

   REPORTER: Do you have any preference on who you 
   meet in the final?


   REPORTER: What does this title mean to you? You 
   won it when you were 15. You were a finalist 
   last year and one other time. What would winning 
   this mean to you now?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It would mean a lot. I 
   wouldn't say it would mean as much as coming 
   back and winning a Grand Slam, but it's up 
   there, and I've always played well here and, 
   last year, I got to the finals, and I think I 
   have a great opportunity tomorrow, and I mean 
   going into the Open, for sure, I mean it would 
   mean a lot and it would give me a lot of 

   REPORTER: It would be your first final since the 
   Australian Open. Were you a little bit upset by 
   your overall results since the Australian Open?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: First final, no, I got to the 
   final in Rome.

   REPORTER: Of yes, of course.

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I think I've, you know, 
   been consistent. And I have had tough matches, 
   tough losses that have been really close, and 
   it's not necessarily like bad on my part, it's 
   just, you know, there's a lot of good players 
   out there, and you can't win all the time, and 
   it's just that's the way it's. I mean I think 
   it's good. It makes me more motivated to try and 
   come back and -- it means more than when you win 
   the titles now, knowing how tough it is. But I 
   mean just because I haven't won the titles I 
   still have had a great year. I mean, I've only 
   had a few quarter final losses, so --

   REPORTER: Jennifer, maybe 20 years ago there 
   were two players on the top like Chris Evert and 
   Martina, after that we had Steffi Graf and 
   Monica Seles. How many players in the group have 
   a real chance to go to a final in a tournament?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, maybe a decade ago it 
   was like three, but now I would say there's 
   maybe five or six or even ten now.

   REPORTER: So that means that you have tougher 
   matches a lot earlier in the tournament most of 
   the time?

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean -- yeah, at 
   least, you know, when you start getting to a 
   round of 16-quarters, yeah, then it becomes 
   really tough.

   REPORTER: Jennifer, are you the type of player, 
   in preparation for tomorrow, will you watch this 
   match tonight very closely or will you just get 
   away from the courts and just relax by yourself 

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know. It depends what 
   I'm doing, if there is something else that comes 
   up that sounds for interesting...

   REPORTER: It's not crucial to you --

   JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I mean, no, it doesn't 
   matter because I've seen them both so many times 
   and know how they play and they can't be playing 
   that different, you know.

   TOUR OFFICIAL: Okay. Thank you. 

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The interview article quoted from Rogers AT&T Cup 2002 Official Website.