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I cannot believe she thinks nothing was wrong with what when on in her match with Serena.
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During her 15 years on the women's professional tennis circuit, Jennifer Capriati has suffered a lot of setbacks, both on and off the court.

But the American has shown the ability to bounce back, and perhaps that, above all else, will be her legacy whenever she decides she's had enough.

In the past 13 months, Capriati has lost excruciatingly close matches in the semifinals of the U.S. Open, and it hasn't affected her outlook or her game.

The 28-year-old was beaten by Justin Henin-Hardenne a year ago and bowed to Elena Dementieva last week in Flushing Meadow. Winding down earlier this week at her home in Saddlebrook, Fla., Capriati was asked if those losses rated as her biggest disappointments.

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"I could look at that way, and everybody else could look at it that way," Capriati said. "But I want to look at it as something being very positive. First of all, not too many people get to the semifinals. Then, the way I got to the semifinals and the way I played, it's not something to be disappointed in. It's something to be proud of.

"As an athlete and as a competitor, and because I work hard, you do get disappointed because you want the outcome to be different. But if anything, this should make me more determined and more angry or willing to come back and get that one step further. Or two steps further [at the Open]."

Capriati reached the semifinals this year with a hard-fought, controversial 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. The two will meet again tomorrow in the Anthem Live Tennis Expo at the sold-out Siegel Center.



Boosting Capriati's chances at the Open were several line calls that went against Williams, including an obviously correct call that was overruled by the chair umpire.

"That call, I really don't think it was enough to even call it a controversy," Capriati said. "I don't think it impacted the match enough to make it decisive [for] who was going to win. Everyone likes to make a big deal out of nothing. She had every opportunity after that to beat me, and she didn't. It came down to who was able to fight harder and maybe be in a little better shape and more gutsy."

Capriati trails Williams 10-7 in their head-to-head matchups, but has claimed three of their four meetings this year.

"It's a good rivalry to be a part of," she said. "We always seem to have competitive matches. We play similar games. Attitude-wise, there's the same kind of feistiness out there. You always want to prove something to each other and everyone else . . . who's the better player."

Capriati turned pro at 13 and enjoyed quite a bit of early success before running into problems with the law including an arrest for possession of marijuana and burnout. She left the tour for several years but returned and eventually earned the No. 1 ranking in the world (2001) after winning two Australian Opens and one French Open.

"I've had many high moments in my career," she said. "Those stand out because they were the real evidence for how far I've come to come back. I'm very happy to have achieved those. Now, it could be another goal, because I haven't won a Grand Slam in a while, so let's see if I can do that again."

Capriati says she's recovered from back and hamstring injuries that plagued her earlier this year and wants to keep playing for the foreseeable future.

"I think I can definitely be in better shape," she said. "And have more of the belief that I can still win, no matter how tough the competition is or if I'm getting older.

"A lot of people would think I'd be crazy to stop playing, especially when I haven't even been 100 percent this year, and I've still come so close. Imagine if I was 100 percent, what I could do. I still probably have a few more years. I'm right there. If I was not even close, then I could say, 'Maybe I don't have it any more, and I'm going to give it up.' But that's silly."

Capriati won't look back and wonder what might have been.

"You can't change the way things have gone," she said. "I have no idea what might have happened. Maybe I wouldn't have won any [major titles]. In the end, nobody is going to think about how many Grand Slams I won. In the end, it comes down to what kind of person you are and how you affected others . . . things you did to affect people in a deeper way. That, to me, is more important."


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"In the end, nobody is going to think about how many Grand Slams I won. In the end, it comes down to what kind of person you are and how you affected others . . . things you did to affect people in a deeper way. That, to me, is more important."

she has done that plenty
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great article I love her determined attitude it seems like shes going to work really hard to get to 100 % , hopefully she can score a hatrick of Ozzy opens in January! Go Jen , Keep positive

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Pleased to hear she's so positive and planning on playing for a few more years. The tour is so much more fun when she's around and playing well. She's got such a great attitude. Keep it up Jen

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She's in denial I can tell you that.
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Was this thread intended to bash Jen? b/c it did a pretty bad job.

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"A lot of people would think I'd be crazy to stop playing, especially when I haven't even been 100 percent this year, and I've still come so close. Imagine if I was 100 percent, what I could do. I still probably have a few more years. I'm right there. If I was not even close, then I could say, 'Maybe I don't have it any more, and I'm going to give it up.' But that's silly."

I'm soo relieved to read this part! LOVE YOU JENNY!!

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huh?! Did she say that Serena was out of shape, there?!

Come on Jen..the call helped you take the lead in the last set, it´s easier to fight when you´re ahead than when you´re down and unjustly so.

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This proves shes crazy....


"That call, I really don't think it was enough to even call it a controversy," Capriati said. "I don't think it impacted the match enough to make it decisive [for] who was going to win. Everyone likes to make a big deal out of nothing. She had every opportunity after that to beat me, and she didn't. It came down to who was able to fight harder and maybe be in a little better shape and more gutsy."

because if that were true she wouldnt bother arguing every single call that doesnt go her way during her matches. That is the most BS crap I have read from an athlete in quite awhile. Good job jen.

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Isn't it about time we stopped attacking Jen? I don't know who that match sucked more for.. Serena for getting the bad calls? (and i honestly believe she'd have one either way.. a few calls does not make a match, even richard williams said that) or everyone discrediting Jen's win.

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It might not have been a big deal for you Jen but it cause Serena to lose that match and 57 UFE has nothing to do with it. She has won 6 GS with many more errors than that. Those cheat calls caused SErena to not play her game. Yes it had everything to do with her losing that match.
Sorry but that's a cop-out. Serena is the caliber of player who could've dismissed it as a bad call and still dispatch Capriati. She let her ego, nerves and concerns about being Slamless in 2004 get the best of her. She's been in tight matches with JC many times and won them; this match wasn't any different. Serena had every right to be upset but not to the point of letting that one call decide her fate. Serena is too confident to wilt like that but she did which was highly unusual for her.
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Serena does not blame Capriati. Serena said that a call here and there does not win a match. Serena said that she should have been more focused and "finished her off" in the 2nd set.

This is the past now. Why do people want to paint Capriati to be this witch. O.K. She is not the most eliquent speaker - but she can only be responsible for her part.

Let's move on.
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What is your problem it was 4 calls and the most cruical set in the match. Did you watch the match or not how can you make a statement like that. Let one call like that go against jennifer farless 4 and she would have brought the stadium down.
I did watch the match and it's the one blatant bad call that stands out. Serena knows how to win these matches; she's done it numerous times.
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