Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

The Championships 1999
Wimbledon, Great Britain
23 June, 1999

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            Jelena Dokic
            Wednesday, June 23, 1999

            DOKIC-PISNIK / Melicharova-Vildova 7-5, 6-2

Q. What is your verdict on today's game? 

JELENA DOKIC: It was a good first rounds' doubles, good to qualify and win 
the first round. We played quite well, and good to get through.

Q. Any extra interest did you notice there today after your achievements 

JELENA DOKIC: Quite a few people, but obviously, yes, people knew who I was, 
and it was a bit different today than a few days ago.

Q. Do you think that gives you extra confidence, that gives you more of a buzz?

JELENA DOKIC: Yes, it's a different atmosphere altogether, and it just feels 
better out there.

Q. Something you could obviously get used to, then?

JELENA DOKIC: Definitely

Q. Has it sunk in yet properly? 

JELENA DOKIC: Probably not, but, I mean, it's quite a big win, especially for 
a first round coming from qualifying, and, I don't know, it was -- I mean, 
I played really well yesterday, and hopefully I'll continue. But I can't get 
too carried away because I've got to concentrate on the next match and hopefully 
the new few matches.

Q. Didn't Leslie Turner have something to do with your coaching in Australia? 

JELENA DOKIC: Yes, I worked with her for about a year and a half, and then I 
stopped beginning of this year.

Q. Is there any reason for that? Did she help you a lot?

JELENA DOKIC: Yes, she did quite a bit. I worked with her for quite a while. 
I went through to juniors with her, and we had a good relationship. But we 
-- I guess it was time to move on and we stopped working together.

Q. Tina, is this the first time that you have played doubles together, and how 
is it communicating on the court?

TINA PISNIK: Yes, it's the first time we've played together. It's interesting 
because we played juniors together, but we never played doubles together, and 
we played three matches in qualies, so we got used to each other, and we know 
how we play now, and it's better.

Q. Jelena, I hope you don't mind me asking, but is the mark on your chin a 
family trait?

JELENA DOKIC: No, it's a birthmark.

Q. Are you doing any extra special practice, you know, preparing yourselves for 
matches, or are you literally taking things as you have done, taking things in 
your stride?

JELENA DOKIC: Pretty much the same, just a different opponent. I do different 
things, and work on different things, but no different, I mean, just what I've 
been doing before, but just every match -- I mean, every opponent is different 
and I'm trying to do different things, and see what the player's playing like 
and then try and work out what I'm going to do.

Q. I saw you on the practice courts yesterday morning, and you just seemed so 
relaxed, you know, laughing, smiling, you know, I couldn't quite believe that 
you had that kind of match ahead of you. Is that the kind of person you are?

JELENA DOKIC: Yes, well, I mean, the more nervous you are, the worse it is, 
I think, because to get all nervous -- I mean, in my match yesterday I wasn't 
nervous, I tried not to be, and it helped me a lot, because I've played quite 
well because I think if I was a little bit nervous it maybe would have made a 
little bit of a difference, and I tried to be like that on the practice court 
too, have a good practice and feel good about yourself going into the match.

Q. So how do you relax after something like yesterday? What did you do?

JELENA DOKIC: No relaxing, I'm not finished yet. Well, I mean I tried not to 
celebrate, because hopefully it's not over, and hopefully I'll win a few more 
matches. But, like I said, I've got to keep my feet on the ground still, not 
get too carried away and hopefully play well again.

Q. You didn't sit at home and watch the highlights, did you? 


Q. Your Dad didn't take you out for dinner or anything like that?

JELENA DOKIC: We did, but we're not celebrating yet.

Q. It's just tennis, tennis, tennis?


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