Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

Home Depot Championships Presented by Porsche - WTA Tour Championships 2002
Los Angeles, California, USA
07 November, 2002

J. Dokic / A. Myskina, 6-3, 6-4
Home Depot Championships Player Interviews from Day 2 of the Championships 

November 7, 2002


  Defeated Anastasia Myskina, 6-3, 6-4

Q.  Jelena, I thought you were tired. Didn't you say you were tired? 

JELENA DOKIC:  Me, yeah. 

Q.  So where do you find  --

JELENA DOKIC:  I got my energy back. I said it may be the last match you play, so might 
as well try.

Q.  She said, it was the worst match of her life today that she played. How did you feel 
you played and do you feel she played that bad?

JELENA DOKIC:  I think she was nervous, possibly. I think she gets nervous often with big 
matches, and yeah, I played enough to win the match and could have played a lot better 
than what I did, but I was happy. My aim was just to get through the first one and I did 
it, so I'm happy.

Q.  So your bigger match experience paid off?

JELENA DOKIC:  I think so. I was down break points in the last two games. I think I was 
tougher on the bigger points. I think after the first two games that I lost, I think I 
was in the points. I kept the ball in play. 

Q.  What gave you the sense that she was nervous?

JELENA DOKIC:  I don't know. She did a lot of double-faults, and she does that, I think, 
when she gets nervous. 
I played her six times this year, and every time she's played different, so when it's been 
the bigger matches, I think she got a lot more nervous than in the smaller tournaments. 
I think she gets a little bit nervous in finals and bigger occasions. I think that's what 
maybe happened today.

Q.  Do you find that you generally stick to one game plan or alter it depending on who 
you have to face?

JELENA DOKIC:  Depends on who you have to play. She can get a lot of balls in. It depends 
on how the person plays in the match. You have to go out there and see what they do. Most 
of the time you have a game plan and play to the worst side. 

Q.  What's it like playing with so few people in the arena?

JELENA DOKIC:  It's different. There is not too many people, but, you know, we play in 
both full stadiums and empty ones, so it's something that I don't think you take so much 
notice of.

Q.  With the silence, do you find yourself focusing even more without the screaming fans?

JELENA DOKIC:  No, because it's a big stadium and not too many people, so it's a little 
bit difficult to get used to. 
It's not so easy to play when there is a lot of movement going on. It takes adjustment to 
the court and surface and everything.

Q.  A couple of people have mentioned about how tired they are this time of year. You 
play a lot. Do you think the season is too long? 

JELENA DOKIC:  I mean, it's 11 months of tennis. Also, only pretty much one full month to 
rest, which is not much at all. 
They moved it now one week further, which doesn't help. It's a very long season, and you 
really have to pick your tournaments. There is so many big tournaments that you cannot go 
to them all. Some you have to play the clay, the hard court and everything. You have to 
warm up before the Grand Slams. 
Maybe it should be looked into shortening the schedule and making less tournaments. I 
don't know. I think a lot of players are getting tired and injured. I think it's just the 
schedule that does it. 

Q.  Now, you've played, I think, if I counted right, this will be the 29th tournament you 
played this year. After going through this year, would you play this many again next year?

JELENA DOKIC:  No. I did it the last two years. Mentally I'm really feeling it much more 
than physically. It's hard to fight out there when you play so many matches and 
The last five or six tournaments, it's hard because your mind is not on the court so much, 
and definitely maybe only 20, 21 tournaments next year. I'll cut down a lot.

Q.  When you look at your record, you have been in a lot of finals, quarters and semis, 
but you have had a lot of, quite a few, first-match losses. Is that part of it, you know, 
being hard to focus every week?

JELENA DOKIC:  Yeah, my year has been fine. Just the last few months, I think that has to 
do with just being tired. I haven't had too many first-round losses until after the US Open. 
Again, that has to do with travel and being tired. That's all. 

Q.  Do you have enough in you to challenge Serena if she's playing well?

JELENA DOKIC:  Like I said, my aim was to get through the first one. I did that, and, you 
know, I think she's the one that didn't lose a match or two this year and has been 
I have no pressure. I'll enjoy it. I have nothing to lose. It's the last tournament. 
I achieved my goal a little bit here, and especially losing to Myskina the last tournament 
and it was nice to get her back.

Q.  How are you going to approach playing her? Are you going to go all out and go for 
the lines? 
JELENA DOKIC:  You have to. You have to go for it and not be tentative. If it goes in, 
it goes in. You cannot afford to just hit in the middle of the court and high balls. 
You have to go for it, I think, against her and see how you go. 

Q.  Although you don't know your opponent in the quarterfinals, what do you think of your 
chances in the tournament?

JELENA DOKIC:  I think when it gets to the last eight or last four, I think anyone has 
a chance, so you just have to go a match at a time. You know, you have maybe one or two 
favorites more than the others, but it's a championship so you don't look at it that way. 
You go a match at a time.

Q.  How does this compare to the other Grand Slams? I think this is the so-called fifth 
Grand Slam. In terms of the atmosphere, is it like that or do you approach it like that?

JELENA DOKIC:  You try to. It's not yet such a big tournament with so many people, but 
hopefully in a few years, it will become bigger and better. 
I know it's very hard to always be the Grand Slam, but the championships is just another 
-- it's pretty much a Grand Slam and it's only the 16 best of us. You try to approach it 
like it's a Grand Slam a little bit, but it's still a little more of a normal tournament 
than that.

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Home Depot Championships Player Interviews from Day 2 of the Championships 

November 7, 2002


  Lost to Jelena Dokic, 6-3, 6-4

Q.  Was that her playing too well or did you just not play the way you wanted to play? 

ANASTASIA MYSKINA:  It was the worst match in my whole year. She hit very hard and I 
played not really good. 

Q.  It's seems like you are really upset. Did you put too much pressure on yourself to 
play well here?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA:  Yes, sure. It was my first championship and I wanted to play good, 
but actually I wasn't that good.

Q.  Despite playing so bad, you were in that last game too. You had your break point 
chances. Did you feel like you were still in the match there?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA:  Yeah, I was, I was, but I was a little bit out, but I'm happy the 
year is finished so I can go relax.

Q.  Was it just pressure or was it some fatigue or lack of preparation for this tournament?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA:  No. It was more pressure and I was a little bit tired, so I don't 
think it's really being tired, but it's more pressure than anything else. 

Q.  Can you be disturbed with the pressure sometimes or is it the first time in the season?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA:  It's hard with you first championship, everybody watching you and 
expecting you to play good tennis and people watching. I was really uptight today and 
couldn't play the way I had to play today.

Q.  Is it as much pressure compared to your first Gland Slam?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: It's even more, because it's the top 16. You know, you want to show 
people that you're really the best 16. You want to maybe play higher than you can. 

Q.  How long are you going to rest now?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA:  I hope for two weeks max, and then we have to prepare for next year, 
so not that long.

Q.  Is it really the worst you've played all year or do you feel so bad that it feels 
like the worst?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA:  Right now I feel it's really the worst, but maybe in the beginning 
of the year I played not good too, but today I feel really bad. I feel it's the worst 
match in my life.

Q.  Is it really disappointing to finish off the season playing your worst match?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA:  Of course, but I'm happy that I finished the championship, not a week 
ago, but, of course, I'm excited. I played not that good, but still we have next year, 
so I will be ready.

Q.  When you say you're going to take two weeks off, does that mean you really aren't 
going to hit any tennis balls at all?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA:  No. I'm going to send my racket straight to Russia and go the 
opposite way.

Q.  What was your preparation like for the tournament?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA:  I was here in LA, but it doesn't help. I was practicing outside 
and my shoulder wasn't that good, so I had treatment. It's still not the best, not enough 

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