Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

The Championships 1999
Wimbledon, Great Britain
24 June, 1999

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            Jelena Dokic
            Thursday, June 24, 1999

            J. DOKIC / K. Studenikova 6-0, 4-6, 8-6

Q. You must be relieved, Jelena?

JELENA DOKIC: Yes, a little bit. It's a bit scary out there today. I played 
quite well in that first set, and she sort of turned things around. My game 
sort of dropped a little bit, and it was hard to get back. But, you know, 
she's tough to play and I'm glad to get out of it.

Q. Do you think you lost concentration, or do you think it was more her game, 
she picked up her game?

JELENA DOKIC: No, I think it was probably a bit of both, because after that 
first set, she sort of went for everything because, you know, she lost that 
first set 6-0. So, I mean, she went for her shots, but also I dropped my game 
a little bit, and also concentration, because even though she picked it up a 
little bit, I still should have won that second set. But, you know, I was glad 
to get out of it.

Q. Do you think you played as well as you did against Martina?

JELENA DOKIC: No, no, definitely not. But it was also -- you've got to look at 
it, it's a different opponent, and she probably -- I mean, she didn't play as 
well as Martina did, and Martina forced me to play well, and you've also got to 
look at the type of game that she played, totally different to Martina.

Q. Jelena, well done again. At 4-2 down in the third did you think at any stage 
you were gone?

JELENA DOKIC: You've always got to think positive, but she broke me, and then 
I broke straight back, and I knew that, if I can break there, I can maybe come 
back. I worked really hard in that game to come back and then hold my serve. 
I was 15-40 on my serve at 4-3 and that was a really important game, and I think 
that game was the most important one of the match, I think, to get me back. But, 
like I said, you always try to think positive, and I knew that I could come back 
if I got myself together.

Q. You were obviously very upset by the line call in that game, the overrule?

JELENA DOKIC: Well, you've got to expect to get a few bad line calls and you've 
got to take them. There were probably a few on both of us, both her and myself, 
and you can't change the Umpire's decision, but that's the way it goes and you've 
got keep on playing.

Q. Did you feel a bit more pressure here funnily enough today than you did 
against Martina? Was there a bit more pressure on you?

JELENA DOKIC: Maybe a little bit there was, because people were expecting me to 
win and to go through, but still, I mean, I try not to look at it that way, and 
you just try to play.

Q. What were the important things during your training, as this year you have a 
lot more power and speed compared to the last year?

JELENA DOKIC: Well, I've probably grown a bit and, you know, am still growing and 
maybe -- and I've also probably worked a bit more, because the older you get, you 
probably try to work a bit more. I mean, it's different training at 15 and 16. 
Maybe that made a bit of a difference.

Q. How do you see yourself now playing at Wimbledon, also for your life being so 
different from the normal life of a 16 year old?

JELENA DOKIC: Well, I mean, tennis players have got to get used to that, and I try 
not to worry about it and get on with the next match, and concentrate on the tennis.

Q. You say you've got to say positive. How far can you go in the tournament now?

JELENA DOKIC: I haven't looked at the draw, and I don't know -- I don't even know 
who I play in the next round.

Q. Anne Kremer.

JELENA DOKIC: Thank you. Again, it's going to be a tough match, and I'm going to 
take it a match at a time. You couldn't ask me after I beat Hingis, "Where do you 
see yourself?", because I could have lost today, it was so close, and I was down, 
and I mean, if she took those chances I would have lost the match. But I mean, 
you've got to stay positive if you can, I guess, and just take it a match at a 
time and opponent at a time.

Q. Do you think you had a letdown from the Hingis match at all?

JELENA DOKIC: Maybe a little bit, I don't know. Like I said, different opponent, 
different day, different type of game, and I mean, I really -- like I mean I 
played really well against Hingis and everything went really well, but then again 
I had a totally different opponent today to Martina. But I didn't look at it that 
way, because I've had another win, and it's good when you play bad, or don't play 
as well, and win matches, and you get out of those matches, and that gives you 
confidence, and it's good to get out of those matches and win them.

Q. Considering you beat the world number 1 in the first round, is any of this 
daunting now, Jelena, or is it all a fine experience for you? Can it get 
overwhelming, or are you just enjoying yourself?

JELENA DOKIC: Well, it could. Like I said, I said that you've got to keep your 
feet on the ground, and you do, and it's a bit hard to do that with all the 
attention and the press and everything, and it's probably a bit tough to do that. 
I mean, it was a great win and, you know, coming from qualifying, and it's 
probably expectations now a bit too. But like I say, I try not to think about 
that and, you know, just concentrate on the next match.

Q. Did you get ahead of yourself after you took the first set 6-0, do you think? 
Was that one of the things?

JELENA DOKIC: No, I don't think I did. Like I said, my game just sort of went a 
bit, and so did a bit of concentration too, and then she picked up a few points, 
a few line calls and she's back in it, and next thing, she's in the third set, 
and she's up and then you've sort of got to think again and try and get back.

Q. But you must felt have unbeatable then, because it wasn't just the six games 
you won there; it was the ten you'd won against Martina on the trot then. So 
it's 16 games on the trot.


Q. It all looked so easy.

JELENA DOKIC: It did, but even though I lost that second set and then was down 
in the third, I sort of still felt confident and, like, I felt good about myself, 
that I can win the match and come back. Like I said, matches -- to beat Martina 
gave me a lot of confidence, and to win a match like that, you do feel quite good 
about yourself.

Q. But even when you had those three break points against you, which would have 
given her a 5-3 lead, wouldn't it, never for a minute you wavered?


Q. No?

JELENA DOKIC: No. I was 15-40 and I thought I could still get back. Like I said, 
it's never over and you saw it in that game. You know, she had 15-40, she had a 
net, and Becker was match points down, so you ask him how he feels. I mean, 
that's even worse. Like I said, you've always got to think positive and think 
that you can win.

Q. Has the attitude from the other girls in the changing room changed towards 
you since you beat Hingis? Is it more respect?

JELENA DOKIC: It's a bit different, definitely. Just more people, I guess, talk 
to you and everybody knows you now, after winning a match like that, and probably 
a bit more respect, I guess, yes.

Q. Jelena, have you had any support from home as yet?

JELENA DOKIC: Australia?

Q. Yes.

JELENA DOKIC: Yes, I mean, I've spoken to a few people, had faxes come through, 
and it's been really -- I mean, actually I've had quite a few faxes come through 
and it's been really good, and even here everyone -- I've had a lot of support, 

Q. Did Dad help you out there a bit today? You were looking up to him far more 
today than you were against Martina.

JELENA DOKIC: Yes, I guess so. I don't know. No signs. I mean, he didn't tell me 
how to play, but it just feels different to have someone there, because I think 
when you're on court, there's no one that can help you. It's just you out there 
playing. So no matter what they do or say, it's just you, what you're going to 
do on the next point and it's up to you whether you're going to win or lose the 
match. But like I said, it's good having people there supporting you.

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