Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
Rogers AT&T Cup 2003
National Tennis Centre at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
12 August, 2003.
J. Dokic (8) / A. Widjaja (Q), 6-4, 6-4.
Rogers AT&T Cup - Press Conferences
August 12, 2003
MATCH : JELENA DOKIC vs. ANGELIQUE WIDJAJA
SCORE / RÉSULTAT: 6-4, 6-4
Interview With/Entrevue Avec:
Tour Official: Questions for Jelena, please?
Reporter: It looked like you had moments of
inconsistency and moments where you seemed to really
feel like you were in control; is that how you felt out
Jelena Dokic: No, I think I had a slow start. But after
that I played well. She's not easy to play against. And,
you know, the courts were a little different from the
last few weeks, so it takes a lot to adjust to, so I think
I played well, a little slow, but otherwise I played well.
Reporter: At what point did you feel that you took the
Jelena Dokic: Maybe 4-3 in the first set. I held that
game 4-all and then I broke. I think that those two
games were key. I started to play better, more
aggressive and just getting the points. I think those
two games were the key to the match.
Reporter: Looking ahead to your next match, is there
anything you want to change about your game, or were you
happy with your play today?
Jelena Dokic: I think I served well. You know, just get
a little bit more consistent, just feel better on
hitting the ball. The court here is very different. So I
think I'll feel better in my next match and this was a
good one to start adjusting to.
Reporter: How is it different?
Jelena Dokic: The colour is different, first of all. But
it's a little slower than last week's and the balls are
different, also, a little bit heavier, but everything is
different. It's a completely different place and it's
very humid here.
Reporter: That was going to be my next question. It got
really sort of stifling out there.
Jelena Dokic: It is not so hot, but it's humid. I think
if the sun was there and it was hot it would be really
hot. But it's humid and it takes a little bit of time to
Reporter: Do you find that as a little bit of a
disadvantage, say, playing a qualifier two matches
before, being faced with heavier balls?
Jelena Dokic: I've played matches the last few weeks, so
it's not such a disadvantage. Of course, she's in a
better position; she's played four matches here already,
so it's a big difference. You know, I think she feels
much more comfortable. She's gotten used to everything;
it is a little bit of a disadvantage, but not a lot.
Reporter: Jelena, obviously this year has been a bit
different than other years for you. Do you have any
theories why it hasn't gone as well for you?
Jelena Dokic: I've played very well the last few years;
I've just kept on going up. And you get a year where you
don't play so well, and this is normal. This happens. I
know this. I just have to keep on working hard and try
to get some wins. I think I'm playing better at least
the last few months than I did at the beginning. And,
you know, just I think I'm starting to get my form back
a little bit. It's normal. You can't play well for 10
years of your career.
Reporter: Is there anything that you could pinpoint that
you could kind of point to and say that's why my form
hasn't been where I want it to be?
Jelena Dokic: No, not really. I've played very well the
last three years. I've played a lot matches. So I think
mentally I got a little bit tired. That's basically it.
I've had a lot of close matches that I didn't win, so
you lose your confidence a little bit. That's the key to
my game, I think. But I think it's coming back. And I
had, you know, even the last two weeks, I had matches
where I was close and I played good tennis.
Reporter: Is that all it takes between feeling good
about where you are and kind of spiraling down a little
bit is just losing a close match here and all of a
sudden that fine edge is gone?
Jelena Dokic: Yeah, it doesn't take very much. It also
doesn't take very much to get your confidence back up.
Sometimes you just need a few matches to get it back. I
think the more matches I get now, the better it will be.
I lost some easy matches at the beginning of the year
and I think that kind of ?? I think my confidence kind
of went there a little bit. That's basically all that
happened. I know this. I haven't played the best tennis
that I can, but I think I'm improving.
Reporter: Kim Clijsters was just in here, you know, with
her number one ceremony. Does that change the way you
guys look at her or how you approach her on court as the
number one player on tour?
Jelena Dokic: I think she's played good tennis for the
last seven, eight months. I think eventually this had to
come. I'm really happy for her; she's done very well.
And she's taken obviously Venus and Serena even further
away than Kim and Justine together. So I think this is
?? should be a real motivation for the other players. I
think there are a lot of good players that could
challenge Serena and Venus. And I think we've seen that.
I think we've seen two this year for sure that have done
that and have overtaken them. If they keep on going for
the rest of the year, they'll be well ahead of the
Williams sisters. It is not the talk about the Williams
sisters anymore and I think everyone should realize
this. This is a big change in women's tennis now. I
think a lot of players realize this and will ?? I'm sure
there will be a few more coming.
Reporter: So you see it, obviously, as a good thing?
Jelena Dokic: Sure, Serena and Venus are tough. Serena
is injured, obviously, but they're very tough to beat
and I'm sure they'll be back, but we have some more
players that could get close to them.
Reporter: You mentioned that you played a lot of matches
because of the busy schedule; do you ever think about
cutting back a little bit, having a little rest?
Jelena Dokic: Sure. I think next year I'll look at it.
Think about what I will do at the beginning of the year,
also. And I think, last two years, I played well. I had
over 70 or 80 matches singles. So this year's has been
slow. So, you know, it's probably helped me a little
bit, not being able to play so many matches this year
may be better for me. And I haven't played half as much
as I did last year or the last three years, I think. So
I think this year's already been slower and I've tried
to ?? I haven't been as tired mentally and physically.
But, eventually, I think I will cut down, especially if
I start doing better. With this schedule, it is
impossible to play 25, 30 tournaments any more.
Reporter: You are were wearing red and white today, was
that a conscious effort?
Jelena Dokic: No, Fila came out with this. We've been
wearing it for the last few weeks. It's been like this
all year, but I guess it suits it here.
Tour Official: Any other questions? Thank you.
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The interview article quoted from the 2003 Rogers AT&T Cup official website.