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
   Tennisreporters.net
   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 
   some matches." 

   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 
   year."

   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 
   Athens.

   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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