I thought Jen said she didn't like the role. I like her attitude. She is suppose to feel as if she can beat anybody - to include the Sisters.
Capriati enjoys role as main threat to Williams sisters
NEW YORK -- Australian Open champion Jennifer Capriati ripped Richard Williams for disrespectful remarks and said she likes being seen as the main threat to his top-ranked daughters meeting in another Grand Slam final.
Third seed Capriati beat American qualifier Bethanie Mattek 6-0, 6-0 in 44 minutes in a first-round US Open match here Tuesday, then cut loose on the father of world number one Serena Williams and her second-ranked sister Venus.
Told of Williams' remarks to Inside Tennis magazine that she should stop cursing on the court and listen to her father, Capriati lashed out.
"You can see how ignorant and disrespectful that sounds," Capriati said.
"And he gets away with it. It's too bad. It's no class.
''He should just concentrate on his daughters. I don't need his advice.
"I've never made perso-nal remarks. I could say things about them.
''But I'm not going to because I'm not going to lower myself to that."
Venus beat Serena in last year's US Open final, their first showdown for a Grand Slam title. But Serena beat Venus in the Wimbledon and French Open finals.
The Williams sisters have dominated with Capriati the biggest threat to the fourth all-Williams final in the past five Grand Slams.
"I think I like hearing that. It's a good thing to hear it," Capriati said.
"Maybe I'm not the only one.
"My goal is to win the tournament and try to play my best. My goal is not to disrupt a Williams final.
''That's taking away from the game and it's like they own the game and I'm trying to stop them from owning it.
"There are a lot of other things that made this game besides them."
The Williams sisters have made the outcomes more predictable, taking seven of the past 12 Slam crowns between them and the top two ranking spots, making an all-Williams final more likely as long as they stay in the top two spots.
"When we have both gotten there, it has been really sweet success for both of us," Venus Williams said.
Capriati hopes to sour the taste.
"People can talk all they want. I'm just concentrating on changing that," Capriati said.
"That's fine. Let them think what they want to think.
''It's better that way. I can go through the draw quietly the way I have been."
Serena Williams has beaten Capriati in their three meetings this year, including 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-2 in the French Open semi-finals, a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 Rome semi-final triumph and a 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) victory in the Miami final.
"It's hard with me. I have played Serena tough," Capriati said.
"I thought I could've won some of those matches."
Chanda Rubin, who beat Serena Williams in the Los Angeles quarter-finals earlier this month, sees the sisters getting tougher as rivals gang up against them.
"You sort of hear that. I think that's all fine and good," Rubin said.
"I look at that as a challenge as a player.
''You accept that challenge. We will have to see who steps up."
Jelena Dokic, the fifth seed, is among the players who have said the Williams sisters simply might be too tough for the rest of the field. But Rubin cites Capriati in saying the WTA's finest have not given up just yet.
"Jennifer has had some great matches with Serena," she said.
"It didn't seem like she was taking a step back or just conceding."
Venus' next foe is Australia's Alicia Molik, who has confidence she can dethrone the queen of Flushing Meadows.
"If she was unbeatable, she would have a clean record and I'm pretty sure she has one or two losses," Molik said.
"She is a great player. She is not going to lose the match. She doesn't have too many weak points.
"Anyone that is going to beat Venus needs to serve well, return well, hit bloody well off the ground. They also need to mix their game up. I need to make her think. If you can do all that, maybe you are giving yourself a good shot."
Aussie Nicole Pratt gives Capriati a solid chance against either Williams sister, but see the sisters as less vulnerable the deeper into the draw they go.
"They are beatable in the early rounds," Pratt said.
"As soon as they start to get their teeth into the tournament, that's when they start to do very well.
"Capriati is always in for a shot. There are a few girls out there who can give them a run in the first rounds. I think in the earlier rounds, they think they can just go out there and win based on who they are and how they are playing.
"But if they don't get knocked out in the first week, I would say put money on both of them getting through." -- Sapa-AFP