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Why can't Capriati beat Serena anymore?

Jennifer used to have Serena's number, but now she can't buy a win. What's up with that (I don't listen to the so-called "experts")
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because serena is now mentally tougher just like jen was mentally tougher in 2001.

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I think she needs to be mentally tougher and also try to do it in straight sets since Jenn is more of a retriever ( a powerful one, though). She gets a little bit tired in the third set IMO.
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Serena's game went up a notch and Jen's hasn't (from 2001). That's the answer.

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She's now choked against Serena in four matches in a row.
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Choking is what Hingis did in the AUSOPEN FINAL.Rena is just a better player (this year)


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I dont think that Jen cant beat serena, I just think that she hasnt in the last 6 matches. She just hasnt won the really really important points in these big matches. and serena steps it up when she needs too. I mean this was far from a routine win for serena, even on match point u still dont know who is gonna win.Like Hingis/venus used to be. nail biters til the end. GREAT MATCH!
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I agree- I think Jennifer gets winded the longer the match goes, and she expects Serena to give up (like she used to) when she's down. Champions never quit, though
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Actually, I don't know if it's true, I've never mentioned it because the person that told said I couldn't. I just called her and she said I could tell you guys without being too specific of who she is, so we will call her a friend of the family. She told me that Serena suffer from anxiety, and one of the simptons was an upset stomach (cramping in the stomach, to be more specific), that's why she has to eat a light meal before a match, it helps calms her stomach, so it's mental not physical. She also said, Serena was diagnose after her Winbledon match in 2001. She says Serena associated the misery she went through in 2001 with Jenn and Hingis, and refuse to lose to them because she's afraid it will make her anxiety worse and bring back the cramping. Anxiety is something millions of people suffer from, there's cases that are more severe, but there's no cure for it. She says in Serena case it's mild and Serena has it under control, but the problem in 2001 was not knowing what was wrong so was unble to handle it.

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0ooooo is too biased to offer logical opinion. Jen didn't choke she lost. she choked against momo at the us open though. Also dokic didnt choke against serena she tanked which is entirely different. Jen never tanks at least.

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Actually, I don't know if it's true, I've never mentioned it because the person that told said I couldn't. I just called her and she said I could tell you guys without being too specific of who she is, so we will call her a friend of the family. She told me that Serena suffer from anxiety, and one of the simptons was an upset stomach (cramping in the stomach, to be more specific), that's why she has to eat a light meal before a match, it helps calms her stomach, so it's mental not physical. She also said, Serena was diagnose after her Winbledon match in 2001. She says Serena associated the misery she went through in 2001 with Jenn and Hingis, and refuse to lose to them because she's afraid it will make her anxiety worse and bring back the cramping. Anxiety is something millions of people suffer from, there's cases that are more severe, but there's no cure for it. She says in Serena case it's mild and Serena has it under control, but the problem in 2001 was not knowing what was wrong so was unble to handle it.
I dont know if this is true or not but I'll treat it like an unfounded rumor. However this is no friend of the family to spread serena' s business like that. In fact i think its backhanded and just plain wrong.

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I think a lot of pro athletes have this kinds of problems, anxiety attacks, insomnia, etc.
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"Jen didn't choke she lost."

Are you saying you can't choke and lose at the same time. Interesting logic there.

Do I consider having break points to serve for the match in set two and losing them, choking? Maybe. Do I consider being up a break in the third set and losing, choking? Maybe. Do I consider having dozens of lost game and break points in the third set choking? Maybe. Do I consider all of these three, put together, choking? It's hard not to view it that way.
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Here's my answer:

Serena's serve is a weapon; Jen's serve is not--it causes her a lot of matches.
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If anxiety it is, then the rest of the tour should do their best to contract that condition or disease.

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