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Capriati closing in on Williams sisters
Tuesday June 24, 2003 11:07 PM
Jennifer Capriati believes tennis is seeing the beginning of the end of the domination enjoyed by the Williams sisters.
She gives the pair no chance of repeating their monopolisation on grand slam final places which came to an end at the French Open three weeks ago.
The twice former semi-finalist reckons she is being underestimated, and said: "I had a great run the past two years, winning three grand slams and coming closer to the Williams sisters than anybody. Because I haven`t quite kept up that momentum it`s given other people a chance to do it. Nobody can really keep up that momentum. I mean, we even see the Williams sisters losing now. Everyone has a good run once in a while. They they kind of get set back and they`ll have it again."
Before that all-Belgian final in France, in which Justine Henin-Hardenne beat Kim Clijsters, Venus and Serena Williams had faced off in each of the previous four finals.
Serena won the lot, to do the `Serena Slam`, but her suggestion that she could go unbeaten through 2003 has proven ill-advised, with three recent defeats demonstrating her fallibility.
Capriati is eighth seed at Wimbledon this year but looked lean and mean as she took apart Myriam Casanova on Court One on Tuesday. She insists her form and physique is good, and although there were questions raised over her mental toughness when she wasted two match points and lost to Chanda Rubin in the Eastbourne semi-finals last week, it could be that the weekend break has done her the power of good.
Capriati won 6-1 6-3 in three-quarters of an hour, and then hit out at those who believe she is a non-contender at this year`s Championships.
Capriati`s ability to keep pace with her fellow Americans has been to some degree baulked by injuries. But can she win this fortnight?
"Absolutely. I still feel like I`m in the game 100% and I haven`t lost any of my ability or my motivation," said the 27-year-old after overcoming a player nine years her junior. Mentally I feel confident and pretty motivated. I feel I`m playing pretty good on the grass."
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