Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

The Lawn Tennis Championships 2003
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Wimbledon, Great Britain
26 June, 2003

J. Dokic (11) / E. Gagliardi, 6-1, 6-3.
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Players - Interviews

   Jelena Dokic - Day 4 
   Thursday, June 26, 2003


   J. DOKIC / E. Gagliardi 6-1, 6-3 


   An interview with: JELENA DOKIC


   MODERATOR: Good evening. Jelena Dokic. 

   Q. Well, that was good. 

   JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, not bad (smiling). No, I think I played well. I 
   was consistent. I was playing my game. I was attacking. I didn't 
   make many errors. I just kept the ball in, but aggressive, which was 
   good.

   Q. An improvement from the opening match, obviously, but by how much?

   JELENA DOKIC: No, I don't think it was - I mean, it was an 
   improvement, but I think I played well in the first match. I just 
   had a very difficult opponent. She served well, she hit just as 
   hard. So I don't think - you know, I still think I played a very 
   good first match. This one was better. But, you know, in both of 
   them I played well.

   Q. So you're happy with the way things are coming?

   JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I'm happy with the way it's going. You know, 
   I've improved every match that has gone by. I've played well, so I'm 
   happy, yeah.

   Q. Can you explain how you feel having arrested that kind of slump 
   you were in? 

   JELENA DOKIC: I mean, it happened, and I didn't play well for half a 
   year. I mean, I knew hopefully it would get to a stop somewhere. I 
   mean, I just had to keep on practising and playing, which is what 
   I've done. 

   You know, it happens. I mean, I've played since - since I've got on 
   the tour, I've just kept going up. I mean, I just got - I mean, into 
   a slump and to a stage where I was just, you know, mentally and 
   physically feeling a little bit tired. I was losing some very close 
   matches. It happens. But, you know, I seem to be coming out of it a 
   little bit. 

   Q. It's weird for us because we have a lot of British girls at 
   Wimbledon, and they don't do so well. There doesn't appear to be as 
   many opportunities for girls in eastern Europe, and they seem to be 
   competent players. 

   JELENA DOKIC: I think the European players are much more hungry, and 
   I think - I mean, I don't know how the system works here. I'm not 
   sure. But, you know, Europe has always been like this. I mean, I 
   come from a similar kind of thing. I mean, I didn't have anything 
   when I was growing up. I was not spoiled. I had nothing. And I 
   worked for it. 

   You know, I was very hungry to make it. That was the only thing on 
   my mind. That's what I was pushing for. I think all the top players 
   that have come have been from Europe and from families like that. 

   I mean, maybe they're just not hungry enough. Maybe they're just not 
   pushed enough. I don't know how the system is, whether they train 
   properly, what is done, what they do. 

   You know, I think the players that have less opportunities are 
   usually the ones that get through because they're so hungry.

   Q. Does it surprise you, there's never really been anyone that's 
   come through? 

   JELENA DOKIC: I think Elena Baltacha is a very good player. She 
   played very well against me. She has a big game. I mean, I don't 
   know how her health problems are. Hopefully she'll be well. I wish 
   her all the luck. She's a good player. 

   I think they just have to keep on working at it, and see what 
   they're doing wrong, try to figure something out. I mean, you have 
   to change something when no one gets past the first round, and 
   there's not even a lot of girls playing. 

   Q. The young Russian, Sharapova, is playing. Have you played her?

   JELENA DOKIC: No.

   Q. How are the other girls reacting to her? She makes some noises on 
   the court. 

   JELENA DOKIC: I don't think anyone's - I mean, she just got on the 
   tour. I don't think she's playing that many tournaments. I mean, we 
   haven't seen that much of her. I haven't played her either. We'll 
   just have to wait and see. I think this is maybe her second Grand 
   Slam only, only her first main draw. We have to wait and see. I 
   haven't played her myself. We'll see if she wins. It will be 
   interesting to see how she plays. I'm looking forward to that match. 

   Q. Can you tell us what you think her strengths are? 

   JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. I haven't watched her. I mean, I think 
   she hits the ball well. I think until you actually watch her 
   properly or play her, you have to see what she does. I don't know 
   her that well. I mean, she's only been out for a few months. I 
   haven't seen her play, so I don't know. 

   Q. It's been hinted that you are thinking of changing team and that 
   you might play again for Australia at the next Olympics. Can you 
   comment on that?

   JELENA DOKIC: What? 

   Q. It's been hinted by the media that you're thinking about playing 
   for Australia again. Are you thinking about it?

   JELENA DOKIC: No. I mean, it's something - (the) Olympics are a long 
   way away. It's two weeks before the US Open next year. First of all, 
   it might not be a good idea to go to Europe and play that, come back 
   for a Grand Slam. 

   I will see. I mean, I will think about that. I definitely didn't 
   think who I'm going to play for. I haven't talked about that. I 
   haven't made any comments about that. 

   Q. You're not training with the Serbian, Montenegrin team, any 
   Olympic team? You're not part of the Yugoslavian Olympic setup?

   JELENA DOKIC: I mean, I'm not playing the Olympics right now. I play 
   for my country, and that's all. I don't have to train with any team, 
   neither do I have to make up my mind who I want to play for until I 
   want to play and if I want to play. This is an individual sport. It 
   has nothing to do with teams or countries. I play for who I play. 
   I'm out there playing by myself. I don't think it really matters 
   which country you play for, as long as you play yourself. 


   End of FastScripts

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The interview article quoted from the 2003 Wimbledon official website and the ASAP Sports website.

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