Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

The Championships 1999
Wimbledon, Great Britain
26 June, 1999
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            Jelena Dokic
            Saturday, June 26, 1999


            J. DOKIC / A. Kremer 6-7, 6-3, 6-4


Q. Jelena, congratulations on your match.

JELENA DOKIC: Thank you.

Q. Your play shows tremendous fighting spirit to win, which is brilliant to see. 
What is the source of this drive? Where does it come from?

JELENA DOKIC: Well, I guess it's just the way I am. I guess after I lost that 
first set, I mean, I still tried to win, and the second set, to come back, you 
always have to think positive and that's sort of -- you have to think positive 
and think you can come back in the match and be determined. That's just the way 
I am, I guess.

Q. How do you feel about yourself now that the world around you treats you 
differently; so much attention has been, you know, put on you? 

JELENA DOKIC: Yes, definitely different. I guess, that's what tennis players have 
to cope with in the tennis world, and I don't mind doing press and things like 
that, but sometimes it can get a little bit too much, but it doesn't bother me. 
It hasn't been too bad yet.

Q. How did you think you played today?

JELENA DOKIC: Definitely not as good as against Hingis. Different opponent and I 
guess a different type of game, and also I think if you have a better opponent it 
forces you to play better, as well, sort of, but I'm glad to get out of the match 
and glad to win.

Q. You play Mary Pierce now in the next round. What are your thoughts on that?

JELENA DOKIC: Tough round, she's a seed. It's going to be tough, but we'll see. 
Hopefully I'll play better, and it's going to be a tougher match so I'll have to 
play better to win, and you know, a big hitter, but we'll see what happens.

Q. Have you played her before?

JELENA DOKIC: No.

Q. Have your expectations gone up since the beginning of the tournament? You 
were expected by most people, other than your family, to lose against Hingis and 
you've beaten the next two on from that. Where do your expectations lie on this 
tournament?

JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. I don't think anyone can sort of expect me to win the 
tournament, even though -- I mean, I feel like -- I mean, I'm just taking a 
match at a time, if I win, and it's going to be tough in the next round, but I'm 
taking a match at a time and seeing what happens. I mean, there probably are a 
few expectations, but it's quite a bit to ask me to win the tournament. We're 
only in the fourth round now, so I don't know, I feel like I've done quite well 
here and I don't put any pressure on myself. I'm trying to play tennis out there 
and enjoy myself.

Q. Are you enjoying yourself or is it becoming more hard work as it goes on?

JELENA DOKIC: I'm enjoying myself. It's, you know -- tough matches are hard work, 
but still you try to enjoy what you're doing and especially when you win. It's 
definitely been great, even though the last two matches have been quite tough.

Q. Do you have any feeling of increasing tiredness?

JELENA DOKIC: Not yet, but I mean, I probably can't feel it, but I probably am 
getting a little bit tired, which is normal. I have come from qualifying and 
I've never sort of been in a tournament from qualifying and going into the second 
week of the Grand Slam, and it's been singles and doubles and a lot of matches, 
but I feel good right now, and I fully, you know -- I'll stay like that.

Q. Can you tell us briefly what was going through your mind having lost the 
first set? You came back very strongly. Did you have any particular thought 
about "I don't want to let this slide now", or something?

JELENA DOKIC: No, I let a few chances slip in that first set. You know, I was 
broken and I couldn't hold my serve a few times and in the tie-break I should have 
won as well, but I sort of, you know, a lot of matches you see they lose the 
tie-break and just lose it, and I tried not for that to happen and I tried to get 
out in the first set straightaway and play well and come back, because I knew that 
if I can get a lead it will probably make me play better too and sort of win that 
second set.

Q. How are you going to spend your day off tomorrow?

JELENA DOKIC: I guess practise a little bit and work on things for my next match, 
probably have a bit more time off, because I've played quite a few matches which 
have been three setters and I've got doubles now. But we'll see.

Q. How challenging or intimidating did you find the Centre Court experience?

JELENA DOKIC: Well, I mean, playing on these courts and the Show Court, I feel 
quite good with the crowd and it was definitely good today, and especially when 
I'm down, they were really good, the crowd, and the stands were nearly full too 
and it sort of helps me a lot, and I like playing on big courts too.

Q. Do you think the British crowd have taken to you?

JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. I guess, after beating Hingis, it just started there. 
Even my match the other day, it was an unbelievable crowd and I'm really liking 
the crowd here.

Q. Those words "Beating Hingis", do they seem real to you now?

JELENA DOKIC: Yes, a little bit they are, but I played an unbelievable match 
against her. In the last two matches I didn't play as well, but hopefully I'll 
repeat that and play that well in the next round against Pierce.

Q. Are you satisfied now with your play that you're playing and winning? You 
seem a lot more relaxed and happier than the last time?

JELENA DOKIC: Well, you have to try to be and I try not to be nervous and try to 
go out there and play my game, and see what happens. I mean, there's no pressure 
on me. I don't think there is. Especially in the next round. I mean, I've come 
from qualifying and come from nowhere, and I mean, I'm definitely going out there, 
like I did against Hingis, and hopefully I'll play that well.

Q. Which of the more powerful players have you played, either of the Williams' 
sisters or Mauresmo?

JELENA DOKIC: Not really, no, I haven't. I've practised with Seles a few times, 
Graf as well. I mean, she hits a ball quite hard too, especially the serve. It's 
tough playing players like that, but you know, if you look at Hingis she doesn't 
have a lot of power and they're twice the size that she is and you have to use 
your head then and outplay them that way. I mean, it's definitely tougher to play 
players like that, they have a bit of an advantage, but it doesn't bother me, 
and I mean, I like actually playing people that hit the ball hard and hit flat, 
like Mary does.

Q. Is it out of the question that Jelena Dokic could be in the final here at 
Wimbledon?

JELENA DOKIC: Hopefully not. I don't know. We'll see. I think it will all depend 
on the next match, if you ask me, because if I can win that next match, that 
would be beating Hingis, getting to the quarters, and then Pierce, and beating 
her, I think then I'll have even more confidence and play better, so you know, 
once it gets to like the last 16, last 8, anything can happen and anybody can be 
there and get to the semis and the final.

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