Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews and Articles
The 2003 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California, USA
Singles 2nd Round on 23rd July, 2003
Jelena Dokic (5) def. Alexandra Stevenson, 6-3, 6-2.
"The Jelena Dokic Interview"
WTAFans.com and Tennisreporters.net
25th July, 2003
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The Jelena Dokic Interview
By Matthew Cronin in Stanford
Specially contribute to WTAFANS.COM
Note : The interview was done on 25 July 2003
Latest Scores : (Q) Maria Vento-Kabchi (VEN) d.
(5) Jelena Dokic (YUG) 6-4, 6-3
It was just eight months ago that Jelena Dokic
reached a career high No. 4 ranking but
overplaying, problems with her parents, coaching
changes and lack of motivation have taken its
toll of the statuesque blonde.
The 20-year-old came into this week's Bank of
the West Classic ranked No. 12 after
experiencing the worse six month stretch of her
young career, as she has only managed to reach
one semifinal and has been a non-factor at the
Slams, upset by Tina Pisnik at Roland Garros and
overpowered by Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon.
She recently parted ways with Heniz Gunhardt,
Steffi Graf's former coach, who she started
working with in February. The Yugoslavia born,
Australian-bred Dokic has hired Borna Bikic as
her new tutor.
In her first match at Stanford, the aggressive
baseliner crushed Alexandra Stevenson. On
Friday, she'll face Maria Vento-Kabchi in the
quarterfinals. Dokic spoke with WTAfans.com
after her win over Stevenson.
WTAfans.com: Have you been putting too much
pressure on yourself?
Dokic: "Maybe a little bit. I was a top five
player and there's a particular amount of
pressure on to-five players all the time. I was
unlucky and my form hasn't been that good. I've
accepted the fact that I've had a worse year
than previous years. I can't worry about it and
have to try to compete hard again and try to win
WTAfans.com: How much of it is confidence and
how much of it is technical problems?
Dokic: "It's mostly confidence . I've lost that
a little. When you lose some tough matches your
confidence goes a little. I think my game is
based on confidence. My game has also been a
little bit lower and it came at the same time."
WTAfans.com: Have you've been overplaying? You
played 29 tournaments last year?
Dokic: "It's normal to have a bad year. I've
been in the top five and I've only kept going
up. The last two years I've played unbelievable.
Now I maybe I've played too much. I have to try
to get back."
WTAfans.com: Do things start to snowball?
Dokic: "I can't get frustrated or you get down
ever more. I have to take it a match at a time.
Today [against Stevenson] was the type of match
I could have lost earlier in the year and I
think I playing better now. It's not about short
term, it's the long term. I'm not going to get
frustrated just because I had a bad six months."
WTAfans.com: How hungry are you?
Dokic: "I lost some motivation a little in the
first half. Now I'm starting to realize that and
getting my confidence up and I'm hungrier again
to win matches. Mentally I feel better. Today I
was focused and didn't have any lapses and
played a solid match. I'm hungry. I want to get
back and it may not happen this year, but I'm
looking forward to the next six months and next
WTAfans.com: You didn't play Fed Cup for
Australia and some officials say that as a
result, you can't play the 2004 Olympics in
Dokic: "I can still play the Olympics for
anyone. The rule is I don't have to play the Fed
Cup to play the Olympics and I can decide to
play for who I want to at the last minute. Fed
Cup is not in my schedule. It's out of the
question, no matter who I play for.
I have to decide on the Olympics. It's two weeks
before a Grand Slam and it will be difficult to
play. It depends how I feel at the time. It's
not a priority right now."
WTAfans.com: Have you decided whether you want
to settle in Australia, or Yugoslavia, or
Monaco, or Florida?
Dokic: "I'm living in Monte Carlo now and I like
it. I can train there, the weather's great.
There are plenty of other places in Europe I can
be, but with the taxes I think I will say there
now. It's perfect for me. It's the best pace
I've been for a while."
WTAfans.com: It doesn't sound like you want to
live in Australia again and if you don't want to
live there, playing for that country wouldn't be
that attractive either.
Dokic: "Sure it would. You have Australians like
Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge didn't live
in Australia so I don't think it's an issue.
Which country you are going to play for, it
doesn't matter if you are going to live there or
not. I play for a country now that I've been
twice since I left."
WTAfans.com: Do you feel more like an
international person than someone who identifies
with a particular country?
Dokic: "Some people can live in their countries
but Australia is very difficult because of
traveling. Yugoslavia is hard because tennis
wise and everything, has been through a lot. I
know a lot of players who are form one country
and they live in the States or somewhere else.
Players change their residences all the time.
It's not a big issue."
25 July 2003 (+7 GMT)
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