Re: Would Capriati's career have been different had she won that 91 U.S Open semifina
Capriati was mentally stronger than Chris Evert but physically I saw of her being tired in spirts. I felt that she may have been partying too much which affected her serve. One thing about Martina in slam finals, once she get on you early, it is pretty much over. I thought Capriati's best match was against Steffi Graf in the Gold Medal Game in 1992. She seemed to be in great shape though her serve was slow but she put it in tough spots where Graf couldn't use her "Runaround Sue" forehand off the serve. She just fought her off when Steffi threw the kitchen sink at her with the forehand and those brutal slice cuts as well as the serve. Not only that, she beat hometown girl Arantxa Sanchez in the semi's. How many folks can do that beating Arantxa and Graf in the same tournament. Yet, she lost in the first round 1993 to Lela Meshki (say what?)I knew something was up.
I felt the same when she lost to Amelie, Justine, and Elena in the 2000's. I felt like she was partying again.
I will say this again: Jen was mentally tougher than Graf, William sisters, Justine, Kim and especially Amelie Mauresmo. Monica Seles, no way she could have beaten her. She couldn't read her returns and was too strong physically as well as mentally. That match against Graf should put Jennifer in a great frame but it made it worse. The 1991 was a great learning match and she improved in 1992, she actually beat Seles and went Quarters in all slams except the 1993 U.S. Open when she lost to Patricia HY (say what?). I knew she was probably tired from the Olympics but still to Patti Hy. 1993 should have been her coming out year and she earned it but around late 1992 and 1993 something went wrong. Drugs. She lost to Graf in Quarters three times at Australian, French, and Wimbledon in two sets befor the Meshki debacle.
Before winning the 1992 Gold, she was fed up with tennis.
Live so that when you are gone, it would have mattered---- Betty Feezor
Last edited by trivfun; Oct 18th, 2010 at 11:03 PM.