Capriati Cries Foul Ova Williams One-Two Punch
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Capriati cries foul over Williams one-two
June 7 2002
Dethroned French Open champion Jennifer Capriati hit out today at the way the Williams sisters have stormed into the top two places in women's world tennis.
The 26-year-old American's 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 defeat by Serena Williams in the semi-finals of the French Open here meant the younger of the two sisters will become the new world number two when the latest rankings are issued on Monday behind big sister Venus who will be the world number one - relegating Capriati to number three.
But Capriati hinted that the path to the top has been manipulated and eased by the absence through injury of former world number ones Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport.
"You have to give them credit, but there's a lot of things that have happened that have put them in this position. They have been pretty good at planning things," said Capriati.
"I don't know whether or not it was like that, but it's just kind of funny the way it's worked out sometimes.
"You know, one plays, the other doesn't. You would think maybe it was a little more planning behind it."
At the start of the sisters' careers, it was their father who predicted that one day both of his girls would occupy the top two positions in the world.
"If you really want your daughters to be one and two, I guess everyone would kind of do that," said Capriati.
"But mostly I think it's because not all of the top girls are playing right now. It would be nice to see what would happen when the others come back.
"I shouldn't comment more about that. It just seems like that."
Serena is taking part in her seventh event of the year while Venus is in her ninth but the French Open is only the second tournament the two sisters have played together.
Serena, who will face her sister for the ninth time on Sunday having won only three times, rejected Capriati's claims and said that had she not suffered an ankle injury at the start of the year, her position in the rankings may have been even stronger.
"If I hadn't had my ankle injury, then I would have played in the Australian Open and all of the tournaments I had signed up for, then I would have even more points now," said 20-year-old Serena who will be chasing her 15th career crown on Saturday.
"Our dad has always known our ability since we were three or four years old.
"He knows what we are capable of and when I was young I always dreamed of winning Grand Slams and being number one - I never really dreamed of being number two.
"This is the highest I have been so I am very happy. I've got nothing to complain about."
Serena also said that she was happy with her record against Hingis and Davenport.
"It will be good to see Lindsay back again but you have to take your opportunities when the time comes. You can't just sit back and let anything else happen.
"I don't know what the other players think about us being number one and two, I can't read minds.
"My record against Martina was getting better and my record against Lindsay is alright. Hingis has only just got injured recently, I was injured at the start of the year."
Venus said that they always had faith that their father's prediction would come true.
"We've reached the top of our profession," said Venus. "I'd like to see Serena be number one some day. I'm not giving it up yet, but I'm sure Serena will get there too."