Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
Swisscom Challenge 2003
18 October, 2003
J. Dokic / K. Clijsters (1), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Swisscom Challenge - Turnier 2003 - Interviews - Details
Jelena Dokic: "I am very happy"
Interview with Jelena Dokic following her semifinal victory
over Kim Clijsters
Do you feel happy?
Jelena Dokic: I think so. I don't think it has set in yet. I
think it's, I mean I am just happy to be in a final, but I
think, you know I just tried to play well. I didn't think it
looked like that after the first set, and yea, I mean I am
very happy. I didn't expect this at all. I was happy to get to
the semifinals. Today I was going into the match positive, but
I just tried to play my game and have fun, and if I win, I
win, and if not, it doesn't matter.
What did you start playing well so late?
Dokic: She plays quick, a fast rhythm, and I think it's
difficult to get used to that. I didn't start so well, and was
a little bit slow and didn't serve so well, and you know, hey
the first set was over within 15 minutes. And then I started
to play a little bit. I won a very close game at 1-all in the
second set, and I think that was the key.
Did you not get discouraged at all?
Dokic: No, I knew, like I said, I didn't want to get down or
anything, I just wanted to go point by point from there on. I
didn't want to have the same second set, and I started to play
You came on the tour as a big talent, played really well then
had a couple of difficult months. Is this what you needed to
get started again?
Dokic: For sure. I played a lot of tennis the last few years.
I’ve done well, and I think I slowed down a little bit this
year. And it happens. And I think hopefully this is where I
start again, and I definitely needed a tournament like this
and especially a win like this.
What was the difference between the start of the season and
Dokic: I think I made some coaching changes which was a big
key for me. I am much more motivated, a lot more positive, and
I want it a lot more, I am more hungry than I was before.
What about those matches you’ve lost this year. Does it help
at a tournament like this because you’re not quite as tired?
Dokic: I mean for sure, it's the end of the year anyway,
there's one or two more tournaments anyway. It definitely
helps, but I don't think the physical thing is a factor, I
just needed a tournament to try to get me back.
Did you expect this at the beginning of the year?
Dokic: I didn't set my schedule at the beginning of the year.
You have to see how you do. But I don't think I played that
many matches this year, I think I played a third of what I
played the last two years. So I am not tired at all. I think I
have practiced more than I have played matches. So this year I
am not as tired as I was last year or the year before.
Did you think before coming to Zurich that your game was much
better, that your confidence was much better and you could
have a game like this?
Dokic: Not necessarily my confidence, but I worked hard the
last three months. And I knew I just had to wait for a chance,
wait for a tournament, to try to do well. And I have had some
very close matches this year that I should have won, and
should have maybe done like this, but it didn't come. And you
get frustrated sometimes, but I was just patient and waited
for my chance. And even if it didn't happen this year I had to
try to stay positive and get ready for next year. But this
definitely helps me.
To beat number 1 and 2 in the world in a European tournament.
This happened twice in the last 25 years. How would you feel
your chances are for tomorrow?
Dokic: Again, I won't put any pressure on myself, like I did
today. I will just try to play, play my game, play well and
compete. And if it happens, great, if not, I think I did well
this week and you know, I will just try to do the same
tomorrow and not be satisfied with what I did today and if I
You are in a position to decide who will be number 1 next
week, Justine or Kim. If you win, Kim stays number 1. how does
Dokic: I don't know, I don't think we think about this. I
think for them, 1 or 2 I don't think will be decided now, I
think it's the whole year. I think Justine winning the two
Grand Slams maybe has more of an advantage, but I don't think
any three of us think about this. I think they have some more
tournaments and the Championships to go, so I don't think it
will come down to my match.
Are you going to play next week and the week after?
Dokic: I am scheduled to play just next week.
What are your goals for the rest of the season now?
Dokic: My goal is to play well tomorrow and like I said, I am
happy with this week, the way it went, and it has definitely
given me more confidence to work harder in the off season and
prepare myself for next year. And you know, it's been a while
that I could compete with the number 1 or 2 in the world,
which Kim is, and I did that today, so I am happy with that.
Do you expect a phone call from Fila?
Dokic: I don't know, we’ll see what he does. I don't know,
maybe he calls, maybe not. It's up to him.
Has this happened that they call for a match like this or not?
Dokic: It has happened at Grand Slams before and bigger
tournaments, to congratulate and things, but I think a sponsor
should do it anyway.
Does it matter that you and Kim play with Fila?
Dokic: No, I mean you play against players that are from the
same companies, and I think that they are both, I mean they
had me in the top five, they had her at number 1, so I think
they’ve had some good players.
What's the difference between your match against her at
Leipzig and this week?
Dokic: I competed much better today. I definitely served
better, and um, you know I tried to stay in the points. And I
lost my chance in the second set in Leipzig, I got down and I
was not so focused and I think that's what's been the
difference this week and this match.
You were here at the finals two years ago. What happened since
Dokic: A lot, I guess good and bad. I like this tournament,
the surface suits me, and I seem to play well here, and the
crowd and I like coming back here every year.
Are you going to wash your clothes, eat the same food and
restring your racquet tonight?
Dokic: Yea, for sure (laughs) I will try.
What is that food?
Dokic: The food? No, I just try to eat in the same places. Um,
I mean I kinda eat the same food all the time, I get sick of
it. But I think the racquet and the clothes are more important!
Did you already wash them?
Dokic: No. I will do it when I get back.
Do you meet up with Kim and say you play in red, I play in
blue, or was it just coincidence?
Dokic: No, just coincidence. We have different clothes, so we
wear whatever. Sometimes we wear the same in matches, which is
not so… I mean, we look the same, and we’re both blonde, so we
It was already difficult now.
Dokic: Yea it was definitely. We didn't know who was going to
wear what. But in Leipzig, we nearly wore the same things, I
think we did.
When did you last play doubles with her?
Dokic: Last year I think, I don't remember. Leipzig last year.
Do you still feel, Jelena, that your place is really also up
there with Kim and Justine in the top five, in the top of the
Dokic: I mean, Kim and Justine have been the most consistent
this year and played the best tennis at the moment. I think a
win like this will help me, I still have to work on my game
and my physical side and mental. But definitely I think. You
know, I have been 4 before, I would like to get to the top 10
first and then work from there, and that's my goal at the
moment. And this tournament will definitely help me, and you
know, I think eventually if I work hard, I can get at least
close to them.
Would you like the questions better if it were about you being
number 1 or playing to become number 1?
Dokic: I mean at the moment they are, and I just have to focus
myself to get to top 10 and work my way from there. I mean it
has taken them a few years to get there, so it takes a lot to
get to number 1. You know, it's not something that you think
about, I mean I would like to be number 1, there are not too
many number 1's that have been so far. So if it happens, I
would be very happy with that. I just want to try my best. If
that's to be 1 or 5 or 10, that's fine but I will know that I
did my best for me.
You said that such a result will encourage you to start
earlier and play in Australia? You said the other day it was
Dokic: I’m considering that. I lost to Kim early in the year
easily, then Leipzig was tougher, and now that I’ve beaten
her, I would like to have an extra Grand Slam. I would like to
go there and play and start the season at the same time as
everyone else and not have a disadvantage. Definitely thinking
about that, and I think there is a possibility.
The interview article quoted from the 2003 Swisscom Challenge official website.