Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews and articles

"The happy workaholic" by Hyder Jawad
ic Birmingham.co.uk - Great Britain
9th June, 2004
----------------------------------------------------------------------
ic Birmingham - Sport - Local sport

   The happy workaholic 
   Jun 9 2004 
   By Hyder Jawad
    
   In some ways, Jelena Dokic is the walking contradiction of women's 
   tennis. She hits the ball harder than most players and has an 
   obstinate demeanour, and yet, on closer inspection, she is dainty 
   and fresh-faced.

   Her appearance is what made her victory against Martina Hingis in 
   the first round of Wimbledon in 1999 such an agreeable surprise. How 
   could such a fragile 16-year-old girl, so relatively unknown, play 
   with such power and panache?

   Those attributes were evident when she was bashing the ball about on 
   the practice courts with Magdalena Maleeva, the DFS Classic 
   defending champion, at Edgbaston Priory yesterday.

   By the end of the one-hour session, the balls were screaming for 
   mercy, and Dokic was walking towards the changing rooms purring like 
   a cat.

   It had been a good day at the office.

   "I figured that, with a lot of the players so big, I had to be 
   stronger," she says. "Yes, I am hitting the ball well again, hitting 
   it much harder over the past couple of weeks than before, and that 
   is so important for me on the grass."

   The constant themes in any conversation with Dokic are "grass", 
   "practising " and "hard work". She plays more tournaments than 
   anybody else and is often referred to as a tennis workaholic.

   The problem is that, over the past six months, no matter how hard 
   she has tried, and despite a desire to reassess herself, the results 
   have not met with her approval. So far, in 19 matches this year, she 
   has lost more than she has won.

   A straight-sets defeat in the first round of the French Open to 
   Tatiana Perebiynis last month suggested that perhaps her career had 
   come to a crossroads, but such sentiments are premature because they 
   do her little justice.

   "I sometimes look at the rankings and think that I should be playing 
   better," she says. "But I was No 5 in the world when I was 19 years 
   old, and I am not that much older now.

   "Maybe it has kind of caught up with me and, obviously, I am not 
   playing as well as I should. I am not going to play well every year 
   but, if I keep working hard, and keep practising hard, I am sure it 
   will come back.

   "I am still the same player that I was in the years when I was in 
   the top ten. Maybe the travelling has got a bit too much.

   Sometimes I lose my concentration and focus at tournaments, and 
   then, because of that, you lose your confidence. It is not easy.

   "The good thing is that I like to practise and I like grass, and I 
   know that I play well on grass, so hopefully things will turn around 
   for me and I will come back."

   The evidence is strong that she will. Few players have suffered - 
   and overcome - the sort of problems that have dogged Dokic in recent 
   years, so it is to her testimony that she is still touring the world 
   in search of success on the tennis court.

   How unfortunate that her energies have been taken up with family 
   problems, issues of nationality, and petty jealousies within the 
   game. For the most part, she has risen above it all, which cannot 
   have been easy for a women so young. It is hard to believe that this 
   alluring Serb is still only 21.

   "I am happy," she says. "Very happy. That is the most important 
   part, even if you are not playing well. You need to be happy, 
   especially on the practice courts, where a lot of the work takes 
   place.

   "You have to enjoy what you do and draw strength from it. On the 
   other hand, if you are not happy, it does not help your situation."

   Her main situation today is her opening match of the DFS Classic 
   against Shenay Perry of the United States, the world No 88, who 
   sailed through the qualifying rounds.

   "She [Perry] has already won a few matches, from the qualifying 
   rounds to now so that will help her, but, no, I don't know too much 
   about her," Dokic says.

   "The most important thing is that I play the game the way I play it 
   best. Grass is my favourite surface, always has been, and I don't 
   think I should worry too much about my opponent."

   And nor should she. Dokic has a good pedigree on grass. In addition 
   to reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 1999, the semi-finals 
   in 2000, she won the DFS Classic in 2002.

   Partly because of her victory here two years ago, and partly because 
   of what she calls the special atmosphere of Edgbaston Priory, she 
   has a special affection for Birmingham.

   "I have a better feeling for a tournament that I have won," she 
   says. "Even if you haven't won a tournament, but you have played 
   well there, the courts and crowd feel that little bit different. You 
   kind of feel comfortable, almost that you are at home, which is nice.

   "I feel a sense of warmth here. I get a lot of support from all the 
   tournaments in England, especially Wimbledon, and all of the people 
   who come to watch."

   Since that memorable victory against Hingis in 1999? "Yes, probably, 
   because everything started for me there. I do think I have a special 
   relationship with people in England, which is one reason why I like 
   coming here." For Wimbledon 2004, she has no expectations. Based on 
   her present ranking, she will be seeded outside the top 16 and will 
   therefore be projected to reach the third round.

   Her ability, however, should be enough to take her to the 
   quarter-finals and beyond. With Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim 
   Clijsters not playing this year, and the Williams sisters possibly 
   on the wane, Dokic has her best chance since those heady days of 
   2000 when everything seemed possible.

   "It is hard to know how things will go for me at Wimbledon because I 
   have the week here at Birmingham and then a week at Eastbourne and, 
   hopefully, I can have a few matches under my belt," she says.

   "With Wimbledon, a lot depends on the draw. I have done well there, 
   but that has been when I have had a lot of practice. Even if I do 
   not do well here and at Eastbourne, at least if I have a couple of 
   matches, that would be good for me and my chances at Wimbledon."


    Trinity Mirror Plc

----------------------------------------------------------------------
The article quoted from the ic Birmingham.co.uk. - http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/


"Jelena Dokic Upset at Wimbledon Tuneup"
Associated Press - USA
9th June, 2004
----------------------------------------------------------------------
The Associated Press - News

Jun 9, 3:17 PM EDT

Jelena Dokic Upset at Wimbledon Tuneup 

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Jelena Dokic was upset at the DFS 
grass-court tournament Wednesday, losing 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the second 
round to Shenay Perry, a U.S. qualifier ranked 88th.

Also ousted were top-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia and Daniela 
Hantuchova, a former Wimbledon quarterfinalist.

Dokic, seeded fifth, won this Wimbledon tuneup in 2002 and was a 
Wimbledon semifinals four years ago.

During the second set, after serving three double-faults to drop 
serve, Dokic threw down her racket and broke it. She escaped without 
a code violation.

"I was annoyed because I had a chance to win," said Dokic of 
Serbia-Montenegro. "It's more annoying to have a chance to win and 
losing rather than just getting beaten."

Perry, of Coral Springs, Fla., adapted well to the grass and 
occasionally played serve-and-volley tennis.

"It's the biggest win of my career, so I hope to move on to bigger 
things," Perry said.

Petrova lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to Japan's Shinobu Asagoe, last year's 
finalist. Petrova double-faulted to give Asagoe the decisive break 
in the seventh game of the final set.

Hantuchova dropped the first seven games to France's Tatiana 
Golovin, then quit halfway through the second set, citing a 
respiratory ailment.

Eleni Daniilidou of Greece retired against Japan's Akiko Morigami 
because of a strained Achilles' tendon.

Defending champion Magdalena Maleeva rallied from a set and two 
breaks down to beat Germany's Anca Barna and reach the third round. 
The fourth-seeded Bulgarian, once ranked No. 4, trailed 6-3, 3-0 
before recovering to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

"I just kept going mentally and tried not to lose patience," Maleeva 
said. "But I don't think I ever played very well."

Maleeva next plays Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn, who beat Jill 
Craybas of the United States 6-1, 7-5.


2004 The Associated Press.

----------------------------------------------------------------------
The article quoted from the Associated Press. - http://www.ap.org/


"Angry Dokic crashes out"
BBC Sport - Great Britain
9th June, 2004
----------------------------------------------------------------------
BBC SPORT - Tennis

Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 June, 2004, 13:32 GMT 14:32 UK

Angry Dokic crashes out 

Jelena Dokic was beaten in straight sets by 19-year-old American qualifier 
Shenay Perry in the second round of the DFS Classic in Birmingham. 

Dokic destroyed a racket in frustration in the second set as she fell to a 6-4 
7-6 (7/4) defeat. 

Defending champion Magdalena Maleeva recovered from a set and 0-3 down to beat 
German Anca Barna 3-6 6-4 6-3. 

But British interest ended when Anne Keothavong was beaten 6-3 4-6 6-4 by 16th 
seed Maria Sanchez Lorenzo. 

Keothavong displayed her full array of shots in the second set to level the 
match and then fought back from 5-2 down in the decider. 

But an over-rule while trailing 0-15 in the final game appeared to affect her 
concentration. 

Dokic admitted she had not played well but was at a loss to explain what the 
problem was. 

"At times I can play well but my game is up and down at the moment," she said. 

"I've not played well this year and my confidence is very low." 

Slovak Daniela Hantuchova was forced to retire through illness against Tatiana 
Golovin when she was trailing 0-6 1-3. 


 BBC MMIV

----------------------------------------------------------------------
The article quoted from the BBC Sport website. - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport/

Back