Bank of West report: Capriati comes close
Before the match she was training on the field outside the stadium. She was doing drills and I watched, (to pick up some training pointers). when she came off the field I wished her well and told her that I would be pulling for her. She just smiled and kept walking - as she was being rushed to the door.
Also briefly said hello to Steven, (pics don't do him justice).
It was a fun match to watch. Brilliant points and lots of slugging. Jennifer seemed to play better and try to end points faster after her injury time out. She was very aggressive and kept Kim on the run for awhile.
When she was not able to win the second set, I really did not think that she has enough gas to go the distance in the third - and you know the results....
I have been a fan of hers since she first came on the tour.
Was at Bank of the West this week and the only time she seemed to be enjoying herself was during the doubles matches she played.
She had the confrontation with the chair in her quarter that got her a warning. She then put up her middle finger so the fans could see as she left court to change.
When she lost in the final, she got on the mic and told us, "I have to make this quick, as I have a plane to catch to San Diego."
She did not thank the fans for coming out to support her - and granted she was disappointed by the loss - think she could have acknowledged us.
She seems to have a mental block and her confidence is effected.
She was literally dragging her feet in the third set, and Kim looked liked she could play another set after all was said and done.
On an interesting note: Kim was very gracious and said that she and Jennifer are good friends and do lots of stuff together off the courts.
Realistically I know that she must feel tons of pressure to win something, and that may rob her joy to smile. I think that if she has a win over a higher ranked player or wins an event - we may see a jump start. In order for that too happen - Jennifer needs to be able to last 3 sets and stay focused. In my mind she has nothing left to prove - and I would love to see her happy and winning......Hopefully things will turn around - and she will find the winning formula.