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Capriati promises she can be the best

Capriati promises she can be the best
Febuary 15 2003
By A Sports Reporter
Gulf News

Capriati receives flowers from El Sibai on her arrival in Dubai.
It's no vain brag or boast. World No. 7 Jennifer Capriati has issued a veiled threat to be there among the best as the Sanex WTA Tour progresses this year.

"I can beat anybody," Capriati said after alighting from a long Lufthansa flight at the Dubai Airport late last night.

"I don't think anyone is unbeatable on the Tour," Capriati stated in reply to a question on the oft-admired invincibility of the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena.

"I just worry about my game. I concentrate on how I am progressing in every event that I participate," she smiled.

A first time visitor to Dubai for the Dubai Duty Free-sponsored Women's Open, Capriati has a point to prove here. She's done it before during her illustrious career, winning the Australian Open and the French Open in 2001.

"I believe in concentrating on my personal performance as there are other good players in this tournament as well," she stated in reply to whether she would reserve any special attention for Venus Williams here.

"My aim definitely would be to take them on one by one. That's the goal, play them one by one and see how I am progressing," Capriati nodded.

"But I need to be consistent and I hope to find this consistency here so that I can carry it onward on the Tour," she added.

The Dubai Duty Free Women's Open has attracted possibly one of the strongest field in the three-year history of this competition. With World No. 2 Venus Williams occupying the top slot, serious contenders for the title this year include Capriati, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Monica Seles.

"I've heard so much about this place and all the excitement that goes with it. I needed to play in a tournament with a strong field and so I chose Dubai," she smiled.

"I think this tournament is going to be a good preparation for the others coming up in the near future... it's going to get hotter on the tour," Capriati said.

Capriati was received at the Dubai Airport by Sinead El Sibai of tournament owners and organisers, Dubai Duty Free.

Another top player to arrive yesterday was fellow countrywoman Monica Seles, who flew in with her mother. Seles had a workout at the courts yesterday.
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Good to see she's feeling positive. The sport is more fun when all the girls are stepping up with their top games.
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Promises are made to be broken but it's good to see her confident like this.

After being trashed in the first round at Oz Open, she was given enough time to prepare for the Dubai Open. No more excuses this time huh!

"When I was four years old, we moved from England to USA, when my mother found out that I won't be KING!" -- Bob Hope--

Madame Oracene Williams could certainly teach the French & Belgian crowds on how to upgrade their respective primitive behaviours during a tennis match.
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I'm beginning to doubt that Monica has a coach. Bring Back Mike

Good attitude Cappy has. Though I don't have any tv coverage of this it would be interesting to have a Venus and Jen Cap final....it's been so long since they've played


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i hope she can get a grand slam this year and prove that she still has what it takes to take on the williams sisters. but i will have to wait and see her performance in this tournament before i put any expectations on her.

Go the aussies! stosur!!!
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also good luck to: azarenka, lucic, sprem, vakulenko, vaidisova, safarova, ivanovic, groenefeld, mirza, krajicek, kvitkova, larcher de brito, lisicki.
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omg what was I thinking make that semi---not final

Monica and Venus final


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Keep this attitude and bring ur best, Jenny!!!

I miss your challenge against the Williams!!!
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[B]"I can beat anybody," Capriati said after alighting from a long Lufthansa flight at the Dubai Airport late last night.
This should serve as a stern warning to her first round opponent.

"When I was four years old, we moved from England to USA, when my mother found out that I won't be KING!" -- Bob Hope--

Madame Oracene Williams could certainly teach the French & Belgian crowds on how to upgrade their respective primitive behaviours during a tennis match.
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This should serve as a stern warning to her first round opponent.
considering she's been out of the second round 3 times since the US Open, I agree.

Again 3-6 since the Open people. I hope she has her game back. The good news? She's not the 2 time defending champ, so a first round exit wouldn't be history
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Keep this attitude and bring ur best, Jenny!!!

I miss your challenge against the Williams!!!
When did she stop Challenging Serena? All there matches are close?

Venus is another story, but they also haven't played in a year and a half
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considering she's been out of the second round 3 times since the US Open, I agree.

Again 3-6 since the Open people. I hope she has her game back. The good news? She's not the 2 time defending champ, so a first round exit wouldn't be history
another first round defeat could mean consistency then.

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Basic Tennis , You as a Serena fan sound just a little apprehensive about Jennifer (and her future plans). Is that because you know she can beat Serena (unlike most of the other top players )?
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When did she stop Challenging Serena? All there matches are close?

Venus is another story, but they also haven't played in a year and a half
I dont consider it a challenge if she loses to Serena, five times in a row. If you lose that many times its not really a challenge no matter how close the matches are. If she won even once last year i'd consider her a challenge, but not until she does get a win. Kim is currently more of a challenge because at least she has won recently.
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Jen's right that 1) nobody's unbeatable, and 2) she CAN beat anybody. OK, confidence is great. BUT, dear Jen, the real question is are you likely to, not just when you're on and (let's say a certain ex-blonde) is off. (Like, er, your erratic service toss...)? PLUS, while what she said is true, many others can beat her, too. One normally dosen't see many times a top 10 player loses to ones in the 40's, 50's, etc.
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YEAH JENNIFER!!!! I love the positivity!!!!

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