Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews and Articles

Internationaux de France 2003 (French Open)
Roland Garros in Paris, France
29 May, 2003
Tina Pisnik / Jelena Dokic (10), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

"Jennifer cruises, Venus struggles, Dokic upset"
Roland Garros, Paris, France
29th May, 2003
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   Jennifer cruises, Venus struggles, Dokic upset
   By Matthew Cronin
   Thursday, May 29, 2003


   While Jennifer Capriati and Kim Clijsters sizzled, Venus 
   Williams struggled and Jelena Dokic fizzled in the second 
   round on Thursday.

   Former champion Capriati overwhelmed France's Marion Bartoli 
   with a 6-3 6-0 victory, while second seeded Clijsters pasted 
   Germany's Marlene Weingartner 6-2 6-2.

   The third seeded Williams took over an hour to find her range 
   and put down a spirited challenge by Evie Dominikovic 6-3 4-6 
   6-2, while Tina Pisnik upset the slumping No10 Dokic 4-6 6-3 
   6-2.

   Capriati was in prime form, going for the lines, muscling back 
   deep shots and never doubting that she had proper weaponry to 
   subdue Bartoli.

   "I played extremely well, " Capriati said. "I was ready for 
   whatever this girl might give me. I was playing a French girl 
   with potential and I was really on my toes. These youngsters 
   that come up, they play without pressure. But I'm moving well 
   and playing well."

   Clijsters continued her torrid play, outslugging the tricky 
   German. The Belgian was off the court in a flash, just in time 
   to catch a few sets of her boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt's three 
   and half hour triumph over Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

   "Its always tough to play these matches where you don't have a 
   lot of rallies," Clijsters said. "But you always have to 
   fight, even though it wasn't my best tennis today."

   Williams committed 68 unforced errors, lost her serve five 
   times and needed nearly two hours to move on. The No110 
   -ranked Dominikovic mixed up the pace on Williams, who has 
   been struggling with a stomach injury and has won only one 
   tournament this year.

   "I can't stay at this level and still continue to do as well 
   as I'd like to at this tournament," Venus said. "I need to 
   play more and more points, definitely not to rush my shots. 
   But I feel I'm coming along."

   But before recovering her range in the third set, Williams 
   lost her serve twice in a row to lose the second set and was 
   spraying groundies. But in the third, she began to move better 
   and served with authority.

   "I've got to find my balance and find it soon," said Williams 
   who lost to her sister, Serena, in last year's final.

   Dokic, who is in the midst of her worse year as a pro, looked 
   confused and often listless in falling to the Slovenian Pisnik.

   "I take losses very hard but when you have more losses than 
   wins then you have to start reassessing things," said Dokic, 
   who hired a new coach, Steffi Graf's former tutor, Heinz 
   Gunthardt, at the year's outset. "I'm so low on confidence 
   that I need to get it up. Maybe I will have a bad year and 
   learn from it and then get back."

   The 20-year-old has played 13 tournaments this year without 
   winning a title and hasn't managed to pass the second round in 
   nine events.

   "I'm struggling with my form and nothing seems to be working," 
   she said. "My head just went a little bit and when things go 
   wrong it's hard to get back. I'm struggling with myself and 
   it's difficult when you have to deal with that. I haven't had 
   slumps like this before and I'll just have to work at it and 
   hopefully things will turn around. I can't get any further 
   back than I am so I can only get better." 


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The interview article quoted from the 2003 French Open official website. - http://www.frenchopen.org/


"Sad Dokic slumps again"
Fox Sports, Australia
30th May, 2003
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   Sad Dokic slumps again
   From correspondents in Paris
   May 30, 2003


   JELENA DOKIC looked a lost soul at Roland Garros today after another 
   defeat in a season blighted by a family feud and uncertainty about 
   her nationality.

   "I take losses very difficultly but when you have more losses than 
   wins then you have to start reassessing things," said Dokic after 
   her 4-6 6-3 6-2 second-round loss to Slovenia's Tina Pisnik. 

   "I'm so low on confidence that I need to get it up. Maybe I will 
   have a bad year and learn from it and then get back." 

   Struggling to cope without the influence of her father Damir, who 
   cut off ties with his daughter because of her relationship with 
   Brazilian racing driver Enrique Bernoldi, Dokic's form has 
   nose-dived in 2003. 

   Known to be a tennis workaholic, the 20-year-old has played 13 
   tournaments this season and has each time left empty handed, failing 
   even to progress beyond the second round in nine events. 

   "My life on the court is different from the one I have off the court 
   and I try to keep that separate," said Dokic. "I'm struggling with 
   my form and nothing seems to be working. 

   "My head just went a little bit and when things go wrong it's hard 
   to get back. 

   "I'm struggling with myself and it's difficult when you have to deal 
   with that." 

   Her nationality is also posing problems for Dokic as she is 
   currently ineligible to take part in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. 

   The Yugoslav-born athlete first competed as an Australian after her 
   family moved there in 1994, but she took Yugoslav citizenship in 
   2001 in protest against what she considered a lack of support from 
   her adopted country. 

   She is now considering playing under the Australian flag again – as 
   she did at the 2000 Games in Sydney – so that she can have a crack 
   at Olympic gold. 

   "I need to get my game back on track before deciding about the 
   Olympics or the Fed Cup," she said. "I'll make the decision when I'm 
   ready. 

   "I haven't had slumps like this before and I'll just have to work at 
   it and hopefully things will turn around. 
   "I can't get any further back then I am so I can only get better." 


   Agence France-Presse

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The interview article quoted from the Fox Sports website. - http://foxsports.news.com.au/


"Pravo na zastoj"
Novosti.co.yu, Yugoslavia
30th May, 2003
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   Pravo na zastoj
   Goran ČVOROVIĆ  5/30/2003, 7:05:22 PM


   Od stalnog dopisnika

   NE IDE, pa ne ide. Od početka godine, škripi u reketu Jelene 
   DokiE Kolo - dva, i preseli se u gledalište. I Rolan Garos 
   je, posle dobrog početka, završila drugim mečom, porazom od 
   Slovenke Pisnik - 6:4, 3:6, 2:6.

   Kočnica je, protiv Pisnikove, bila taktička, ili mentalna?

   - Bilo je i jednog, i drugog. Prvo taktički, zato što sam 
   izbacila mnogo lopti, zatim mentalno, jer nisam odigrala 
   prave, velike poene. Imala sam u drugom setu kod 1:0, 30:15 na 
   svoj servis i taj gem je trebalo da dobijem. Kasnije bi bila 
   druga priča - kaže predusretljiva Dokićeva u razgovoru za 
   "Novosti".

   Gde je bio preokret?

   - Ona je igrala dobro u drugom setu, iako sam tada joEmogla 
   da se vratim u meE Ali, nisam. Sve je preokrenuo izgubljen 
   gust prvi gem u trećem setu. 

   I sedmi, posle dvadeset razmenjenih poena?

   - Da sam dobila taj sedmi gem, sve bi se izmenilo. Bilo bi 
   4:3, ona bi izgubila tri gema zaredom, trebalo bi da servira, 
   i mislim da bionda bila druga priča.

   Ali, nije bilo tako. Umesto buđenja i uzbuđenja na "njenom" 
   terenu broj dva, nanizao se joEjedan poraz? 

   - Poslednjih pet mečeva sve sam izgubila ovako, u tri seta. 
   Čak sam u tri ili četiri dobila prvi set. Sve se ponavlja, iz 
   meča u meE Ne igram konstantno, imam puno padova, igram dobro 
   pa loše, zato i gubim.

   Šta, iskreno, utiče na to?

   - Ne znam. Nisam u formi veEpet-šest meseci. Teško je reći 
   zašto. Možda sam čak i psihički umorna. Nadam se da ću se brzo 
   vratiti u formu. 

   Rekli ste da sementimentalnih problema nemate, da oni ne utiču 
   na lošije rezultate od početka godine?

   - Ne. Sve je u tenisu. Igrala sam mnogo mečeva poslednjih 
   nekoliko godina, pa se, u takvoj situaciji, nekad i zastane - 
   bila je iskrena za "Novosti" Jelena DokiE


   NISAM JE PUSTILA

   KAKO se meEprotiv Tine Pisnik bližio kraju, sticao se utisak 
   da Jelena DokiEšto pre želi da izađe s terena. Kao da nije 
   imala strpljenja da lopticu ostavi u igri.

   - Nije istina. Nisam je pustila ni u drugom, ni u trećem setu. 
   Promašivala sam. Teško je reći da se prepušta meE kada se 
   borite za svaku loptu - prokomentarisala je naša najbolja 
   teniserka.

   Prebrzo smečovanje u mrežu, izgubljeni gotovi poeni - deo su 
   nestrpljive Jelenine igre u poslednjem meču. Bilo je neobično 
   i neizlaženje na mrežu posle jakih lopti 

   - Htela sam da izlazim na mrežu, ali, eto, očigledno je da 
   tako nisam osvojila poene - zaključila je naša teniserka. 


   FALESERVIS

   PISNIK je stalno ponavljala servise, jer je promašivala loptu. 
   U početku je to joEnekako i prolazilo, a onda su iz publike 
   počela da stižu negodovanja.

   - Meni takve stvari ne smetaju. Ali, u principu, nije u redu. 
   To bi, ipak, trebalo ispraviti - kaže Jelena. 


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The interview article quoted from the Vecernje Novosti website. - http://www.novosti.co.yu/

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