Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews and Articles

The 2005 Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, USA
Singles Qualifying 1st Round on 7th March, 2005
Jelena Dokic (SCG) def. Lilia Osterloh (USA)(7), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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"Ground Zero: Dokic Back from Burnout"
TennisReporters.net
8th March, 2005
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THE SCOOP: TuesDAY, march 8

Ground Zero: Dokic Back from Burnout
Jelena: "Some things you can't settle the way you want and some you can. I've done what I can do."
By Matthew Cronin, TennisReporters.net

[photo] Susan Mullane
Dokic: "I don't want to say that I didn't want to be on court, but that's what it seemed like."

FROM THE PACIFIC LIFE OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS - What's life like these days for former top fiver and Wimbledon semifinalist Jelena Dokic? Not exactly bed of roses, but it is filled with more sunshine than dark clouds. She had to ask a friend to get her a room at the Esmerelda resort, the normal WTA players・hotel at Indian Wells. Dokic, who beat Lilia Osterloh in three sets in the second round of the Pacific Life qualifying on Monday, was surprised that she simply couldn't put cash down and get a room, but that's what life is like for qualifiers. However, she was told that if she qualified, she could get her own room. That's an interesting option for someone with nearly $3.8 million in career prize money. Welcome to the life of unwashed doubles masses. "I don't know if separating players like that is right," she said. "It's strange."

Last year was by the far the worst one of the tall blonde's career, as she lost 12 times in the first round and left the tour for six months because she was totally burnt out. She ended 2004 ranked a career low No. 125. During her time off, Dokic had her tonsils removed and had nose surgery to open up her airwaves. She's back on tour now and says she's refreshed and eager to go, although she says she's only playing at 50-60 percent of her ability and looks a little out of shape.

Dokic didn't ask for a wild card into the main draw because she needs to get matches in and the confidence that comes with posting any kind of victory. She's rusty and although you can see signs of her once lethal form when she cracks a return or sets up and whacks a backhand down the line, she's still quite inconsistent and her serve is way off. Still, the woman with a perpetual on-court frown is smiling a bit off court and appears eager again, traits you didn't see from the honest yet troubled Serb last year. Dokic says that playing Fed Cup this year is out of the question (she played for Serbia last year) and it's doubtful she'll ever play for Australia again.

Late last year, Dokic's controversial father and former coach, Damir, said he was asked to coach his daughter again. The two have been estranged on and off for the past three years. It appears now that that so-called father/coach-daughter reunion didn't gather much steam, as Jelena is again being coached by Borna Bikic, the man who Damir called a know-nothing and who he blamed for most of Jelena's problems. She living in Monte Carlo again and is still dating Bikic's brother.

While Dokic has made numerous claims of revival during the two years, the 21-year-old did appear sincere when discussing how much she has matured and how she feels like she now has her life under control. The following Q and A with Dokic was conducted by TR.net's Matthew Cronin and the Desert Sun's Leighton Ginn.

Q: Where's your level right now?

A: Most of what I need to do will come from matches. I'm starting from zero again. With more than six months off, it's hard. But I'm practicing well. I have a long way to go. It's hard to close out matches and play the big points, but I'm feeling better.

Q: When you were off and taking your break, did you decide to return because you had goals left to achieve, or because you just enjoy playing?

A: There's more that I'd like to do. But I really have fun when I play. Even when I was losing I had fun in practice. Even after finish tennis I would always want to be involved but I like the sport. I wanted a break. but was missing it at the same time.

Q: In your mind, are you still a top-five player?

A: I think I can get to minimum top 20. I'll just try to get close to the top again. After last year with how down I got, I don't want to make goals. I'll be more realistic.

Q: What was the worst part of last year?

A: I wasn't determined and motivated and not able to pratice like I wanted to. Mentally I wasn't focused. I don't want to say that I didn't want to be on court, but that's what it seemed like. I had so much tennis. I needed the time off. I was very low on motivation and burnt out. For a while there last year I didn't feel I could get a ball in. When you get to that stage it's times to take a break. But I think I'm good enough to have a break and come back."

Q: How does someone as good as you fall to zero? You were very good and it's not easy to fall that far. Do you really feel like you are back at zero?

A: I'm not a negative person. but I've really fallen back. Hopefully I can get a good break somewhere. Confidence has a lot to with it. I'm that kind of player. Physically I have gone back to zero. Mentally I feel better. But it takes so much to come back to a good level. I've had to suffer. When you don't you play, it's difficult to do it again. But for me to say I'm going to do it is a big step."

Q: How much has maturing as a person helped you in this process?

A: I've gotten older. I've had to find myself in my life. All the problems built up and my tennis suffered. It was difficult. Tennis wise and life wise, I have to focus on myself. When I was younger I dealt with things very well and thought nothing could ever affect me. I was very focused and could block things out. But you have to be very calm off court. Eventually it catches up and affects your mind and the results catch up. But I've dealt with it.

Q: Other players who have gone through off court problems say that you can't play your best until you get your off court life squared away. Have you settled what you need to off court?

A: Some things you can't settle the way you want and some you can't. I've done what I can do. It's out of my hands. I'm very comfortable in my mind and am not going to let anything affect my on court performance. It's really let me down when I haven't been able to play well . I need to be able to compete. I don't want things to bother me and affect my tennis.

Q: There has been a perception that you haven't been in control of your own life. Are you calling the shots now? Are you in control of your own life and career?

A: If I do something right of wrong now, it's totally on me. I like it that way. I know people have forgotten about me and don't・have respect for me on court and are counting me out. In a way I like that. Hopefully I'll play better than I did.

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"Jelena Dokić za SC o nastupu za "plave"" by Nebojša PetrovaĊki
Sportska centrala, Serbia-Montenegro
8th March, 2005
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Sportska centrala

Jelena Dokić za SC o nastupu za "plave"
08.03.05. 09:50

Od akreditovanog izveštaĊa Sportske centrale iz Indijan Velsa

Neposredno po završetku svog prvog ovogodišnjeg meĊa u Indijan Velsu, nekada najbolja teniserka naše zemlje, Jelena Dokić, je u ekskluzivnom intervjuu Sportskoj centrali i Rojtersu govorila o svim relevantim temama koje se odnose na njenu karijeru.

O Jeleninim prognozama za budućnost, odnosu prema reprezentaciji Srbije i Crne Gore i uĊešću na Fed kupu, o odnosima u porodici i mentalnom pritisku koji tokom proteklog perioda nije jenjavao kao i o mnogo Ċemu drugom vezano za našu tenisku lepoticu, možete proĊitati ili poslušati u ekskluzivnom intervjuu sa Dokićevom koji vas oĊekuje na našim stranicama za Ċlanove.

Pripremio: Nebojša PetrovaĊki
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Po jubilarni trideseti put, najbolji teniseri i teniserke sveta se okupljaju u Indijan Velsu, popularnoj zimskoj turistiĊkoj lokaciji kalifornijske pustinje koja se nalazi na oko 200 kilometara istoĊno od Los Anđelesa. Turnir Ċiji se najkvalitetniji meĊevi igraju na teniskom stadionu koji je drugi po veliĊini na svetu i prima bezmalo 15,000 gledalaca se nekoliko godina unazad zove po uglednoj osiguravajućoj kompaniji Pacifik Lajf.

Posle sjajnih uspeha Jelene Janković i Ane Ivanović, koje su obezbedile Srbiji i Crnoj Gori po prvi put dva mesta u prvih pedeset najboljih teniserki na listi Ženskog teniskog udruženja (WTA), naša treća najbolja teniserka, Jelena Dokić, je potpuno pala u njihovu senku. I, Ċini nam se, da to ovoj 21-godišnjoj OsijeĊanki sa stalnim mestom boravišta u Monte Karlu potpuno odgovara.

Posle šestomeseĊnog odsustvovanja sa teniskih terena tokom kojih je imala dve operacije – Jelena je krajem prošle godine izvadila krajnike i hirurški je ispravila disajne puteve tik iznad nosa – nekada najbolja evropska teniserka i Ċetvrta igraĊica sa WTA liste je uspela da ponovo pronađe motivaciju da se vrati na teren i ponovo pokuša da se vrati u teniski vrh.

Gubitkom više stotina poena tokom prošle sezone, Jelena Dokić, kako i sama kaže, poĊinje svoju tenisku karijeru, praktiĊno, od nule. Trenutno ispod 200. pozicije na WTA rang-listi, Jelena je u današnjem prvom kolu kvalifikacija u Indijan Velsu protiv Lilije Osterlah, Amerikanke koja se trenutno nalazi na 98. poziciji najvažnije rang-liste teniserki, izgledala kao da bi trebala da smrša barem 7 kilograma kako bi mogla da postigne optimalnu fiziĊku kondiciju i pripremljenost za najveće napore.

Ipak, iznenađuje sa kolikom motivacijom i željom za pobedom je Jelena prišla svom prvom meĊu na Pacifik Lajf Openu. Nju i dalje nećete videti da se smeje niti jedanput tokom meĊa, osim u trenutku kada je izvesno da će se meĊ završiti u Jeleninu korist. Možda je zato izgubila milione dolara u sponzorskim ugovorima, ali ne mari. Samo uz maksimalnu koncentraciju i zalaganje, Jelena Dokić može u ovom veoma osetljivom trenutku za njenu tenisku karijeru da poĊne uspon ka ne tako davnim sjajnim sportskim rezultatima.

Uprkos izuzetno nesigurnom servisu (Jelena je napravila Ċak 12 servis grešaka) i forhendu pomoću kojeg loptica nije baš uvek odlazila tamo gde je naša igraĊica to želela, ipak je uspela da pobedi svoju protivnicu u tri seta velike borbe rezultatom 3:6 6:4 6:4. Daleko je to od potencijala jedne od najlepših devojaka svetskog teniskog cirkusa, ali svi navijaĊi Jelene Dokić se trenutno jednostavno moraju pomiriti sa Ċinjenicom da će još mnogo vremena proći pre nego što se ona vrati u svoju najbolju formu.

Dokićeva u utorak igra drugo, poslednje kolo kvalifikacija protiv Argentinke Salerni, koja se kotira slabije od Lilije Osterlah. Stoga bi bilo realno oĊekivati da se naša teniserka plasira u glavni žreb Pacifik Lajf Opena.

Neposredno po završetku svog prvog ovogodišnjeg meĊa u Indijan Velsu, Jelena Dokić je pristala na ekskluzivni intervju Rojtersu i Sportskoj centrali. U ultra-modernom pres-centru na vrhu spektakularnog glavnog teniskog stadiona u Indijan Velsu sa Jelenom Dokić smo popriĊali na sve trenutno relevantne teme koje se odnose na njenu tenisku karijeru.

O Jeleninim prognozama za budućnost njene teniske karijere, odnosu prema reprezentaciji Srbije i Crne Gore i uĊešću na Fed kupu, o odnosima u porodici i mentalnom pritisku koji tokom proteklog perioda nije jenjavao kao i o mnogo Ċemu drugom vezano za našu tenisku lepoticu, možete proĊitati ili poslušati ekskluzivni intervju sa Jelenom Dokić na našim stranicama za Ċlanove.

Jelena Dokić za Sportsku centralu! Jelena, koliko ti je teška i neobiĊna trenutna situacija kada moraš da igraš kvalifikacije za WTA turnire?

- Ja nisam igrala tenis Ċitavih šest meseci, tako da sam oĊekivala da ću ozbiljno pasti na WTA listi, poĊinje intervju za Sportsku centralu Jelena Dokić. - Moja pozicija mi i dalje obezbeđuje pristup kvalifikacijama najvećih turnira, pa sam, tako, srećom, ušla i u kvalifikacije ovog turnira u Indijan Velsu. Dobila sam prvo kolo veĊeras i definitivno igram bolje nego što sam to Ċinila prošle godine. Nisam još blizu nivoa na kome sam igrala ranije, ali to je i za oĊekivati pošto poĊinjem od nule, što nije nimalo lako. Međutim, mnogim igraĊicama je pošlo za rukom da se vrate u sam vrh, navešću samo Dženifer Kaprijati kao primer za to. Ja sam svesna da taj povratak neće doći brzo i da će mi trebati puno treninga i rada za to. Za sada sam zadovoljna, s obzirom da sam već dobila nekoliko meĊeva ove godine. Ono što me je malo razoĊaralo jeste povreda leve butine koju sam zaradila na Tajlandu i koja je usporila moj napredak za dve-tri nedelje. Ipak, sve je to oĊekivano zbog velike pauze koju sam imala i ja se koncentrišem samo na onaj sledeći meĊ koji me Ċeka sutra ili za dan-dva. To će, u ovom sluĊaju, biti drugo i poslednje kolo kvalifikacija ovde u Indijan Velsu i nadam se da ću da se kvalifikujem za glavni turnir.

Kroz mnogo šta si prošla tokom poslednjih šest meseci, kako na mentalnom planu, tako i na fiziĊkom, s obzirom da si imala dve operacije. Gde si pronašla motivaciju da se ponovo vratiš profesionalnom igranju tenisa?

- Ja sam već dosta napravila u svojoj karijeri, ali, opet, možda ne onoliko koliko sam htela ili koliko objektivno mogu. Nemam ja mnogo tenisa za sobom, pa tek mi je 21 godina... Čini mi se da ću imati sve potrebne kvalitete tek kroz jedno dve ili tri godine kada još malo odrastem i sazrim. Priznajem, međutim, da je prošle godine postojao jedan period kada nisam bila motivisana za igru, Ċini mi se da sam se možda malo „izigrala“ tenisa. Trebalo mi je odmora... Nisam se, nažalost, mogla odmoriti onako kako sam želela zbog operacija koje sam imala i bila sam dosta bolesna zbog bakterija koje su mi se razvile u grlu s obzirom da nisam praktiĊno mogla da dišem na nos nekoliko meseci, zbog Ċega sam imala i tu drugu operaciju. One su obe veoma uspešno izvedene u Monte Karlu. Sada ponovo imam veliku želju da igram i da se vratim gde sam nekada bila. Ipak se ja volim igrati i boriti na terenu i bilo mi je teško da gledam druge igraĊice, dok ja Ċamim kod kuće neznajući šta ću sa sobom.

FiziĊka pripremljenost i kondicija se mogu vratiti rigoroznim treninzima. Ali, kako vratiti samopouzdanje, koje je toliko važno za tvoj uspeh na teniskom terenu?

- Kao što sam već rekla, ja poĊinjem potpuno od nule, tako da i da uopšte nemam nikakvu poziciju na WTA listi, to mi ne bi negativno uticalo na moje samopouzdanje. Znam da to nije najbolje mesto za napredak, ali ja pristupam svakom meĊu posebno i poeni će tako veoma jednostavno doći sami od sebe. Ako se vratim, biće mi još slađe, jer znam da su me svi i kod kuće i bilo gde u inostranstvu verovatno otpisali, što mi ne pada nimalo lako. Nemam šta da izgubim – želim da se ponovo dokažem i vratim u vrh. Isto to jako želim kao i kad mi je bilo 15 godina.

Naša Fed kup reprezentacija bi mogla da bude veoma jaka, sa Jelenom Janković na 20 poziciji WTA liste i Anom Ivanović na 50. Kako ti gledaš na tvoje eventualno uĊešće u našem nacionalnom teniskom timu?

- Mogli bi, ali... Bilo je i prošle godine dosta problema sa Fed kupom, našim selektorima, odnosima u našoj teniskoj federaciji... Koliko ja znam, Ana je ove godine odbila da igra, mislim da će i Jelena, ne znam, verovatno... Da igramo sve tri, imale bi dosta dobar tim. Međutim, ako ne igra već jedna od njih dve, mislim da imamo problem. No, ja i dalje mislim da je najveći problem u samoj federaciji, jer je trebalo lepo sesti pre poĊetka ove sezone sa svim potencijalnim igraĊicama i dogovoriti se šta nam je Ċiniti ove godine sa Fed kupom. Ja mislim da trenutno ama baš niko ne vodi raĊuna o nama iz Saveza. Šta je teško sesti sa svima, složiti se oko tima i da svi lepo složno zaigramo za našu zemlju? Znam da i druge zemlje imaju problem oko okupljanja najboljih igraĊica za Fed kup, ali mi smo imali vremena da to rešimo, a nismo. Meni skoro nikada niko nije došao iz Saveza da priĊa bilo o Ċemu. Moja odluka da prošle godine igram Fed kup je bila samo moja, nisam je donela ni na Ċiji nagovor niti predlog iz Saveza. Nekakav kontakt mora da postoji, a ne ovako. Mislim da nemamo dobre ljude, mada ni ne znam ko sve vodi naš Savez. (Na našu opasku da je Tatjana JeĊmenica nedavno izabrana za selektora naše ženske teniske federacije, Jelena je samo zakolutala oĊima i prešla preko toga kao da nismo ni pomenuli ime nove selektorke.)

Ipak, ako Jelena Dokić bude igrala Fed kup u budućnosti, to će sigurno biti za Srbiju i Crnu Goru?

- Definitivno, da! Ja sam prošle godine igrala Fed kup za nas, sada igram pod našom zastavom, stoga tu nema dileme. Ali, nastup u Fed kupu mi svakako nije u razmišljanjima za ovu godinu, to će morati da saĊeka. Mislim da bi sledeće godine, ako se povuku pravi potezi iz Saveza, mogli da imamo pravu reprezentaciju za sam svetski vrh.

Moja sportska agencija ne spada u žutu štampu koja trenutno dominira srpskim medijskim prostorom. Ipak, s obzirom da sve te stvari koje se pišu o tebi i o tvom odnosu sa porodicom veoma mnogo utiĊu na tvoju karijeru, da li mi možeš reći zašto si ponovo napustila svog oca i vaš porodiĊni dom u Fruškoj gori, vrativši se hrvatskom treneru Borni Bikiću?

- Mislim da o tome šta se dešava sa mnom, mojim roditeljima i mojom familijom niko iz medija nema prava da priĊa. Stvarno nije u redu kako svaki dan nešto u vezi toga izađe u našim novinama. Još samo nisu pisali o tome šta se dešava kada odem u WC. To sve ostaje između mene i moje porodice – da li bilo dobro ili loše... Ja ne Ċitam novine, samo sam Ċula par stvari i jako sam razoĊarana sa svime što se tamo piše. Ljudi ne znaju pravu priĊu i ono što se piše nije ni blizu istine. Puno ljudi, kako mojih poznanika tako i novinara koji su tražili intervju sam otpisala iz ovih razloga. Ja to ne mogu da promenim, ali znam da će tako naša zemlja izgubiti puno vrhunskih sportista, kao što ih je već i izgubila...

Da li onda možeš da mi kažeš šta je prava istina u pitanju tvog odnosa sa familijom?

- Ja ne znam šta je pisano kod nas, ne znam šta su konkretno oni predoĊili kao istinu... Neću da komentarišem ništa što je u vezi sa mojom familijom, jer su to samo moji problemi. Jedino o Ċemu možemo priĊati jeste o mojim meĊevima – da li gubim, da li dobijam, a sve drugo zaista nije u redu...

Ne želeći da ulazim u detalje tvojih problema sa porodicom, kako si onda uspela da nađeš taj duhovni mir koji si pomenula kolegi iz Rojtersa?

- Nisam ja još sto posto spremna, ni teniski, ni fiziĊki, ni mentalno... Trebaće mi još malo vremena, ali sam puno bolje nego što sam bila pre šest meseci. Ono što sam uspela jeste da blokiram neke stvari van tenisa malo više nego ranije, jer mi je tenis jednostavno sada važniji od svega. Jednostavno nije moguće da igram na visokom nivou ako ne stabilišem situaciju van terena.

Da li si, onda, stabilizovala te stvari van terena koje utiĊu na tvoju igru?

- Za sada, ne. Ali, s obzirom da sam sada uspostavila svoje prioritete, a tenis je na vrhu te liste, pokušaću i dalje da radim na eliminaciji svih negativnih uticaja na moju karijeru. U jednom trenutku, ti negativni uticaji jednostavno više ne mogu da se kontrolišu i postaju primetni u nastupu bilo kog profesionalnog sportiste. Ali, kada ih jednom eliminišete, postajete još snažniji.

Za kraj, reci nam gde sada živiš kad ne igraš turnire?

- U Monte Karlu.

Jel to zbog niskih poreza u ovoj Kneževini?

- A, ne, ne... Naplaćivala sam se ja već poreza i poreza... (smeh) Jednostavno mi je lepo u Monte Karlu i zato tamo živim.

Da li si još tokom određenih perioda godine i na Floridi?

- Iskreno, pokušavam Floridu da uklopim u svoj raspored, jer tamo vladaju ubedljivo najbolji uslovi za teniski trening, ali još u tome nisam uspela otkad sam se vratila na terene ove godine, završila je ekskluzivni intervju za Sportsku centralu Jelena Dokić.

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"Dokic refocuses her game"
The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA
8th March, 2005
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thedesertsun.com - Pacific Life Open

Dokic refocuses her game
Leighton Ginn
The Desert Sun
March 8, 2005

INDIAN WELLS - Having been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world and once a semifinalist at Wimbledon, Jelena Dokic could have requested a wild card into the main draw and skipped playing the qualifying tournament at the Pacific Life Open.

However, Dokic, who had two surgeries and battled burnout over the last year, said she didn't mind playing in qualifying.

"I got into qualifying with my own ranking, and I want to save those for later on, and I don't mind going through qualifying," Dokic said. "Maybe I can get some matches that are not so tough for me, so I didn't want to use wild card."

Then Dokic had second thoughts when she discovered the differences in accommodations.

The players' hotel in Indian Wells is reserved for players who qualified in the main draw.

Players in the qualifying tournament are left to fend for themselves, which caught Dokic by surprise.

"I was disappointed with that, but I got a friend who got me a room at the Esmerelda, which was very nice," Dokic said.

That's one of the differences between top players and players struggling to make a name for themselves through qualifying.

Outside of the accommodations, Dokic wanted to go through qualifying to build up her confidence and to rediscover her game.

Last year, Dokic saw her ranking plummet to 208 and she couldn't get seeded in the qualifying tournament.

She got off to a good start Monday, defeating American Lilia Osterloh, who was seeded No. 7 in qualifying, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Although Dokic said she didn't play her best, the most important thing was she won and will get to play again.

"I started from zero, so I think it will take some time, more than six months. I've been practicing very well. I just need to win matches now," Dokic said.

Dokic will play the third and final match today on Stadium 2. Matches begin at 10 a.m., today. Admission is free.

Dokic will take on Maria Emilia Salerni, who defeated Catalina Castano 6-2, 6-0 on Monday.

Last year, Dokic missed several matches because of surgery to take out her tonsils and to repair a deviated septum. The surgery helped her breathing.

The time off helped Dokic rejuvenate her passion for the game, which had been suffering.

"I was not so determined or motivated," Dokic said. "Mentally, I was not there. I don't want to say I didn't want to be on the court, but that's pretty much what it seemed like.

"That's why I had to have the break I had," she said. "When you get to that stage, as a player, you have to think, 'do I want to continue or do I want to take a break and try to comeback."

Dokic said she's about 50 percent from being in top form, and knows her comeback will take time. She wants to return to the top 20, but Dokic knows it won't be easy.

"When you go back and you don't play, and when you pretty much have to start from zero, it's pretty difficult," Dokic said. "For me to decide I'm going to do it is a pretty big step already. I can only get better from here."
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