A. MAURESMO/J. Capriati
THE MODERATOR: Questions.
Q. You seemed to get upset when she wasn't ready for your serve. Do you think she was trying to get into your head? Was she successful?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I have no idea. I mean, I think she was just taking her time.
Q. Was that annoying to you, though?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I've already answered it.
Q. What is it about her that makes it such a difficult matchup for you?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, she has a different style of game. She mixes things up, she's a good mover around the court. But I think today, I mean, I definitely -- I think I should have come out and won that match. I don't know. Right now I can't comment a lot about what happened in the match. I haven't had enough time to really think about it. It's something that I got to go and look at and really think about and see what happened out there. You know, that's a match that I shouldn't have lost.
Q. How frustrating, disappointing is it for you? You had a good run here. Things were going well. How disappointing is this loss?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, of course it's very disappointing, especially when, you know, I had my chances. But what can you do? I mean, yeah, it hurts. Definitely hurts. I definitely think I should have -- I had that match. You know, just a lot of expectation, a lot of pressure put on myself maybe. You know, it's just something that I got to go and look at.
Q. Talking about expectations and pressure, is it you want to be back up in the semis, finals, so badly, winning Slams, that when you're up there, it's bearing down on you?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, of course I want to. But there's a difference between wanting to and then expecting yourself to and thinking that you should be up there. Of course a lot of other people think I should be up there. You know, so it plays a part.
It's something that, you know, I haven't really felt in a while and maybe I've been feeling it more lately.
Q. How do those expectations make you feel?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, just, I mean, no one is gonna put expectations on me except myself.
Q. More your own, I'm asking.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. Well, it just -- I think, you know, I had the chance to close out the set -- the match there, and I didn't. I don't know, I think even just from the beginning, I wasn't playing with the same kind of loose shots that I was playing, you know, the whole time. I think I came out and I was pretty nervous. I felt kind of tight out there throughout the whole match - even though I won the first set and, you know, still in the second set was serving for it.
Q. Did you want the pace of this match to go little quicker than it was? She certainly was taking her time between your serves. Putting her hand up, walking around.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I kind of answered that a little bit before. I think you missed it.
I don't know, I have no comment about that.
Q. She was able to hit some winners because she disguised -- she changed the rhythm of the play. Was it because she disguised it so well or because you didn't focus at this moment?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know what you're talking about.
Q. There were times it seemed like you were going for your shots. Others were pretty big points and it seemed like you backed off. Is it because she was playing great defense, or you weren't sure of the shots?
ENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think I was just -- she was playing great defense, but just like I said, I was just tight, you know, in the whole match. And really, I had confidence in the first and second set, but I still felt that kind of lingering.
So any time I kind of really thought about it or let it get in my head, then, you know, that's when I just didn't play aggressively. Sometimes I over -- I played too aggressively, probably.
But she was making great shots. You know, I also didn't know what to do in certain moments, too. But, you know, she was just -- it was a tough match.
Q. Was there a problem with your strings? You were changing racquets a bunch.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: That's probably something that just -- it was more mental than anything.
Q. How frustrating is it to feel it's not the real you out there, when you're just not playing as well as you know you can?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It's very frustrating because you try to do everything you can to just kind of relax out there. You know, there was a moment where I relaxed when I got ahead. But, you know, just when I was serving for it, I felt like all of a sudden, I just got really nervous and just really tight. Like, again, I said, I think it's probably just a lot of expectation, pressure that I put on myself. You know, it just came through, so...
Q. Is she one of the better athletes on tour? If you could talk about her athleticism a little bit.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I would say that. She's one of the better ones.
Q. Is it just speed or her ability to move? Her movement is so good.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think she's fast around the court and she just has good footwork. She has a good sense of -- good instinct on how to move around the court and when to come in and, you know, reacts well, anticipates well. She's natural.
Q. You had a lot of shoulder-high balls to deal with today because of the topspin. How do you think you handled that today?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think I handled it all right. I mean, you know, I didn't sit in the baseline and just, you know, play her game. I mean, I don't want to get into that kind of rally, either. Just playing her game. I'm playing my game, which is to be aggressive. For the most part, it worked, you know.
Like I said, I'm still like thinking about the -- I haven't had enough time to think about it. I don't know really, you know, what happened. I just, you know, don't think I should have lost the match, so...
Q. You certainly had the life experience to know that if you do lose matches and you're not winning Grand Slams anymore, life will still go on. That happened with you, then you were able to come back and start winning again. You've known that. If that hasn't been able to relieve this pressure that you feel, what do you think is going to be able to take that off for you?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, this has kind of been a new pressure that I've felt, I mean, it's just, you know, coming off being No. 1 and having such a great run. So, I mean, human beings are the only ones that go over and over and do the same mistakes over and over. I mean, we never learn, you know...
So, yeah. I mean, it's something that -- it still is a different kind of pressure, so that's something that I have to, you know, go back and figure out.
(Note: this is a partial transcript)
Jenny did this interview right after the match and it's clear she's disappointed and still trying to figure out what happened out there. She says she feels as if she SHOULD HAVE won the match - and she should have, imo, closed it out when she was serving for it. She did not. She admits she was tight, she very clearly and several times states what a good player Momo is.
Her father may have issues with Momo taking her time but Jennifer clearly did not. I think we are all used to parents making it rough at times for the players (Dokic, Richard Williams, Stefano etc.) and the players should not be blamed.
Jenny is by no means as articulate or as well spoken as Venus and Serena but I feel this interview was appropriate in it's content.
Better luck next time, Jenny. We still love ya, girl