Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

The Championships 1999
Wimbledon, Great Britain
22 June, 1999

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            Jelena Dokic
            Tuesday, June 22, 1999

            J. DOKIC / M. Hingis 6-2, 6-0

Q. Has it sunk in yet?

JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. I guess so. I guess I still can't believe I've 
beaten her. It's a big win for me, especially in the first round, coming 
from qualifying, but I thought I played quite well today, and I'm quite 
happy that I won.

Q. I think "quite well" is the understatement of the tournament. Have you ever 
played that well before?

JELENA DOKIC: No, I don't think I have, no.

Q. You've played her before. Did you sense something -- how much did you sense 
something lacking in her as well?

JELENA DOKIC: Well, I played her at the Aussie Open, and I thought it was quite 
a different match today. I played a lot better than I did at the Australian Open, 
and I just sort of went into the match having a game plan on what to do, and I 
knew what I had to play, and how to play, and altogether my game and the way I 
went into the match was different.

Q. You must have been surprised at the ease with which you kind of just breezed 
past her.

JELENA DOKIC: Yes, I mean, even when I won that first set, I didn't think it was 
going to be easy, because one chance and she's going to take it, and I knew I 
had to keep on playing well and I did that the whole match.

Q. Jelena, congratulations. Were you daunted at all going into the match against 
the world number 1 and your first time at Wimbledon?

JELENA DOKIC: I mean, I went through qualifying and I've been playing quite well 
in the last few weeks, and I mean, I knew it was going to be tough. She's the 
world number 1. But I thought, "I'll try and play my game as well as I can, and 
see what happens", and it was 1-1, 2-2, it was getting tight and I knew if I kept 
there anything can happen.

Q. You've spent some time practising with her, haven't you? You went to a place 
in the Czech Republic and hit with her.

JELENA DOKIC: Switzerland. Yes, I practised with her a few times.

Q. And in that time, did it impress upon you how important her Mum was to 
everything? Was her Mum always there when you were practising?

JELENA DOKIC: Yes, she was. I mean, it was just a few practice sessions, that's 
all it was, and I don't know, we just practised a few times, and I mean, I tried 
to learn a few things and get a few things out of it, and it was good practice 
for me.

Q. Were you in turn surprised to see her Mum wasn't there today?

JELENA DOKIC: I didn't know her Mum wasn't there. I mean, I haven't seen her 
all week, and I never knew she went wasn't there and I didn't even look at 
the box. I didn't look at my own box, so it was crazy. And the crowd and 
everything, it's sort of tough to find people in the crowd. But I mean, I 
didn't know her Mum wasn't there, and I mean, I wasn't even concentrating on 
that. I was just trying to play tennis.

Q. You talked about your game plan. What was your game plan going in? 

JELENA DOKIC: Hit winners. I knew I had to keep it deep. I mean, once she got 
on top of you, it was hard to get back in the point. Keep it deep, and maybe 
play to her forehand a little bit. I mean, I had to see -- I mean, she's got 
all the shots in the book and she can do anything she wants to, and she can 
do anything. I mean, she's number 1 in the world, but once I got going, I mean, 
I played very well and everything went today, and everything worked today.

Q. Do you feel pressure now to confirm these results in the next round?

JELENA DOKIC: Maybe a little bit but, I don't know, maybe a little bit of 
pressure, but I mean, just because I guess I beat Hingis doesn't mean I have 
to come out and win the tournament now. I mean, I'm going to try and do my best 
to win the next round and to go as far as I can, but there's no easy matches, 
especially in a Grand Slam, and everyone's tough to play.

Q. How do you bring yourself down from a win like this and concentrate on the 
next match?

JELENA DOKIC: It's going to be tough to come out and play again, and think -- 
I mean, come back and play -- I mean, I don't know who I'm playing next round. 
It's going to be tough to think "I've beaten Hingis first round", but I'm going 
to have to try to do that, and I'm just going to try and play well again and 

Q. Can you compare Martina's performance here and in Melbourne?

JELENA DOKIC: Well, like I say, it was a different match. I thought I played 
really well today, a different story to the Australian Open, and I mean, I 
thought she played well too. She kept there. I mean, there were long points 
and it was tough to win every point.

Q. These things happen all the time, up to a point. The favourite loses the 
first set, and then the younger player and the player who's not -- gets to 3-0, 
as you did, sits down and thinks, "What in the world am I doing?" and then 
faints. How did you keep yourself going at that point?

JELENA DOKIC: It was -- I mean, I thought she could always maybe come back, and 
I knew if I gave her a chance that she would take it, and I tried to just think 
about each point as it comes, and tried to win each point, no matter if it's 
15-0 or 30-30 or deuce. I mean, I tried to win every game, because the further 
ahead I got, the better it was for me, and you know, it's sort of a big difference 
when I'm up, like at 2-0 I tried to get the next game, because if it was 2-1 or 
3-0, it's a big difference and I knew that she could maybe come back, and I tried 
to work for every game really hard to try and get it, and it was tough to 
concentrate, maybe playing well in the first set, it was hard to concentrate to 
keep the game -- to keep my game going as well.

Q. How often have you played on grass before you went to Birmingham the other 

JELENA DOKIC: That was the first tournament, this year, but I've played on grass 
before, and I won Nationals Australia on grass, and a few other junior tournaments.

Q. You're obviously delighted at winning, but do you feel any sympathy for 
Martina, because she's been through a pretty rough time of late?

JELENA DOKIC: Yes, I mean, I try not to think about that. I mean, if I can win, 
I'll try and win, especially against a player like that, and you know, she was 
number 1 at 16, so -- I mean, I don't know, I just feel -- I'm just thinking 
about myself and trying to win a game or a match for myself.

Q. On that subject, actually, Jelena, Martina has come here from Paris where 
everybody saw what happened in the final against Steffi. You have come down 
here, you've qualified from Roehampton and of course most people here know you, 
if they know you, from what happened with your Dad in Egbaston. So maybe you had 
felt a certain amount of pressure too, coming down?

JELENA DOKIC: Well, no, I actually don't look at it that way. I don't think I did, 
because for me it was good to qualify and to win those three matches, and I mean, 
it's a Grand Slam, it's tough to qualify, so it's quite a few matches there, and 
other players coming to the tournament, being fresh, and already played singles, 
doubles, and whatever else. But I don't think it was. I mean, I don't think 
anyone can expect me to beat the world number 1. It was always going to be tough 
to beat her, and there was no pressure on me. So, you know, even if I lost the 
match, if I played well it was sort of quite good for me to get close. I mean, I 
don't think there was any pressure at all, because she's the one that's supposed 
to win.

Q. Was your father here?


Q. He was watching the match?


Q. Do you think Martina will ever invite you again to practise in Switzerland?

JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. You'll have to ask her that.

Q. Can you tell us about the influence your Dad and Wally Masur have had on your 

JELENA DOKIC: I worked with Wally a few times. I haven't worked with him lately, 
because I'm travelling quite a bit, and I work with my Dad and a few other people, 
hitting partners, but I think in the last couple of weeks I've played really 
well, and I've tried to work on everything and get my game together, and my Dad 
has helped me a lot in that. I owe him a lot, and having him watch my matches 
and be there and work on my game, he knows what I have to work on and what I 
have to face. He's been a big influence on me.

Q. Have you spoken your Dad since you've come off the court?

JELENA DOKIC: Five minutes, yes, I have.

Q. What did he have to say? 

JELENA DOKIC: He was out of words. You know, I mean after winning a match like 
this, and I mean, I played I'd say quite well, you know, it's still hard to 
believe that I've beaten Martina, but I have to keep my feet on the ground 
because, you know, anything can happen in the next match, and just because 
I've beaten Martina doesn't mean I'll win the tournament, and I have to be 
careful what I do and how I play.

Q. What about mid-term, what are your mid-term goals, mid to long-term goals as 
a tennis player?

JELENA DOKIC: I mean, I've been asked this a lot and if I said, you know, end of 
the -- by the end of the year top 50, maybe, I'm trying not to think about that. 
But I'm top 50 already now, so it's hard to say. I'm just concentrating on playing 
well and, like I said, win matches and be in good form.

Q. How many tournaments are you allowed to play at the moment, Jelena, with the 
age restrictions?

JELENA DOKIC: Ten, plus four Grand Slams.

Q. What have you still got to play this year, besides the US?

JELENA DOKIC: I've got a few more tournaments. I haven't worked on my schedule 
that much. I don't know what I'll play.

Q. Do you still feel hemmed in or restricted by that? Do you think you could be 
a top 50 player now, if you were allowed to play the tournaments you wanted to 

JELENA DOKIC: I am a top 50 player now, but if -- I've always said this, and 
you do feel restricted, because if there were a few more tournaments it would 
be a little bit better, but I guess they're trying to protect you, and I mean, 
I don't know, I just feel that you're competing with players that can play 30 
tournaments a year if they want to, and I can play half as much as them. And 
I feel like I have to do really well in every tournament. Otherwise, you know, 
if I don't do well in one, it's a big difference, you know, it's a big -- 
every tournament is a big tournament for me. But hopefully next year I can 
play a few more, and it will be a bit better. But still, I do feel a little 
bit restricted, and I hope there would be a few more tournaments, but that's 
the way the rules are and I can't change them.

Q. Do you still have relatives in Serbia here supporting you? Would they have 
been watching you? Do you have grandparents there at all?


Q. No relatives at all there?


Special thanks to Saya, webmaster of "C'mon! Jelena World", for this interview article.