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PSUjcapfan
May 15th, 2004, 05:42 PM
Jennifer Capriati beat an error-prone Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to reach the Italian Open final for the first time.

Williams, in her first tournament after nearly a month off with a sore left knee, had won eight straight matches against Capriati. ''I've lost to her so many times in a row. It's a very personal victory for me,'' the fifth-seeded Capriati said. On Sunday, she'll play No. 2 Amelie Mauresmo, a 6-2, 6-3 winner against Vera Zvonareva. It will be Mauresmo's fourth final in five years at the clay-court tuneup for the French Open. She lost the other three. ''I'm very satisfied by my play today,'' Mauresmo said. ''I was in control from the beginning.'' She won her 11th career title at last week's German Open. Capriati had never been past the semifinals in 10 previous appearances in Rome. And she only made one semifinal trip, in 2002, when she lost in three sets to eventual champion Williams. ''Good things happen to those who wait. You have to be patient,'' Capriati said. She broke Williams to go ahead 5-4 in the first set, then served it out. In the second set, Capriati claimed a 5-1 lead with help from mistakes by Williams. After Williams held to make it 5-2, Capriati double-faulted, and Williams broke to 5-3. After holding, Williams had two break points to even the set at 5-5. But she hit three consecutive shots into the net to give Capriati her second match point. Williams then hit a forehand that struck the top of the net. The ball hung in the air for a split second and came back down on Williams' side. ''There are voices in my head that I'm trying to brush aside,'' Capriati said. ''I knew I had another time to serve and that's what I felt: 'Just go for it. If it's not going to happen, it's not going to happen. I'm not going to let it go by giving it away.' ''I've let matches like this slip away. Today I just tried to keep concentrated to the end.'' The top-seeded Williams was playing her first tournament since pulling out of an event in Charleston, S.C., last month. She had surgery on the knee in August and returned to action in March. Williams' only other loss this year came against Russia's Nadia Petrova in Amelia Island, Fla., in early April. ''I definitely didn't serve well enough,'' Williams said. ''Overall, I didn't play well enough. But for me, it's big step. I think theoretically I'm doing a lot better.''

- I like Jen and Serena's attitudes about the match!

Mase
May 15th, 2004, 05:42 PM
Associated Press
ROME -- Jennifer Capriati beat an error-prone Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to reach the Italian Open final for the first time.

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Williams, in her first tournament after nearly a month off with a sore left knee, had won eight straight matches against Capriati.

"I've lost to her so many times in a row. It's a very personal victory for me," the fifth-seeded Capriati said.

On Sunday, she'll play No. 2 Amelie Mauresmo, a 6-2, 6-3 winner against Vera Zvonareva.

It will be Mauresmo's fourth final in five years at the clay-court tuneup for the French Open. She lost the other three.

"I'm very satisfied by my play today," Mauresmo said. "I was in control from the beginning."

She won her 11th career title at last week's German Open.

Capriati had never been past the semifinals in 10 previous appearances in Rome. And she only made one semifinal trip, in 2002, when she lost in three sets to eventual champion Williams.

"Good things happen to those who wait. You have to be patient," Capriati said.

She broke Williams to go ahead 5-4 in the first set, then served it out. In the second set, Capriati claimed a 5-1 lead with help from mistakes by Williams.

After Williams held to make it 5-2, Capriati double-faulted, and Williams broke to 5-3. After holding, Williams had two break points to even the set at 5-5.

But she hit three consecutive shots into the net to give Capriati her second match point. Williams then hit a forehand that struck the top of the net. The ball hung in the air for a split second and came back down on Williams' side.

"There are voices in my head that I'm trying to brush aside," Capriati said. "I knew I had another time to serve and that's what I felt: 'Just go for it. If it's not going to happen, it's not going to happen. I'm not going to let it go by giving it away.'

"I've let matches like this slip away. Today I just tried to keep concentrated to the end."

The top-seeded Williams was playing her first tournament since pulling out of an event in Charleston, S.C., last month. She had surgery on the knee in August and returned to action in March.

Williams' only other loss this year came against Russia's Nadia Petrova in Amelia Island, Fla., in early April.

"I definitely didn't serve well enough," Williams said. "Overall, I didn't play well enough. But for me, it's big step. I think theoretically I'm doing a lot better."

Mase
May 15th, 2004, 05:43 PM
Oh its the same one, hahaha. Its a little more broken up though ;)
Good win Cappy!

PSUjcapfan
May 15th, 2004, 05:44 PM
lol mase - i think we are both huge jen nerds :-)

Mase
May 15th, 2004, 05:44 PM
lol mase - i think we are both huge jen nerds :-) And there's not a damn thing wrong with that man!! :wavey::wavey:

PSUjcapfan
May 15th, 2004, 05:47 PM
And there's not a damn thing wrong with that man!! :wavey::wavey:
Definitely not! :lol:

Hagar
May 15th, 2004, 05:48 PM
WOW, I am just reading this. Surprising result but I am glad to see that Jennifer seems to have found new motivation for tennis.

bigshow21
May 15th, 2004, 05:58 PM
Great articles...i already read that article awhile ago...but it makes me happy to read it again. Good job Jen!!! Good luck tomorrow!!!

capriatifan78
May 15th, 2004, 06:05 PM
[/B]Add me to the list...I am a HUGE Jennynerd. I have been a fan since I was 11 years old. I have all of her Grand Slam Finals on Tape and her Sportscentury...lol can we say obsessed fan!! :) I am just glad to see her healthy and enjoying her tennis again! ;)

Mase
May 15th, 2004, 06:11 PM
Article Right from the Italain Open website!!

Fifth seed Jennifer Capriati has beaten top seed Serena Williams 64 64 in the semi-final of the Telecom Italia Masters. The American, number nine in the world, has reached her first final in Rome with a focused performance and has still to drop a set in this year`s tournament. She will play number two seed Amelie Mauresmo in the final on Sunday afternoon. Jennifer won the first set thanks to the only break, in the ninth game, after saving three break points in earlier games. In the second set Jennifer built up a 5-1 lead before Serena came back into the match. At 5-2 Jennifer doubled faulted a match point and was broken to 5-3. Things started looking ominous when Serena held for 5-4, but Jennifer held her nerve, saved two more break points and closed out the match. "I think Serena started playing well too late in the match," Jennifer said after her surprise victory, which ends a long run of defeats against the younger of the Williams sisters. Tomorrow`s American finalist said she had been working hard on her movement around the court, and it showed. She looked fast and has hit deap, hard grounstrokes from her first match on Rome`s red clay. Against Amelie Mauresmo, Jennifer will be looking to end another string of losses, though she described herself as "hungry, eager" on Saturday. Her back injury didn`t seem to cause her problems. In fact, she said she had not felt as good as she did on Saturday in the last two years.

bigshow21
May 15th, 2004, 06:12 PM
:wavey: Hi capriatifan78!!! Welcome to the board. Great to see another Jen fan!!!!

bigshow21
May 15th, 2004, 06:14 PM
Yet again another awesome article!!! Thanks Mase!!!!

bandabou
May 15th, 2004, 06:17 PM
Nice article....I´m with you Serena....you´re doing just fine.

vogus
May 15th, 2004, 06:17 PM
isn't it funny how the press always tries to protect Venus and Serena when they lose matches, writing that they were either injured or in this case "error prone?" I've never seen any other player get coddled and babied by the sporting press as much as the Williams sisters are when they lose matches. I suspect that Serena just GOT HER ASS KICKED by Jenn today - end of story.

Tratree
May 15th, 2004, 06:18 PM
Tomorrow`s American finalist said she had been working hard on her movement around the court, and it showed. She looked fast and has hit deap, hard grounstrokes from her first match on Rome`s red clay. Against Amelie Mauresmo, Jennifer will be looking to end another string of losses, though she described herself as "hungry, eager" on Saturday. Her back injury didn`t seem to cause her problems. In fact, she said she had not felt as good as she did on Saturday in the last two years.
This makes me so happy :)

jenny161185
May 15th, 2004, 06:33 PM
what a great quote from the capster!

LindsayRocks89
May 15th, 2004, 06:34 PM
great statements from both players, good luck to both of you at the French!!!! :bounce: :kiss:

bandabou
May 15th, 2004, 06:49 PM
isn't it funny how the press always tries to protect Venus and Serena when they lose matches, writing that they were either injured or in this case "error prone?" I've never seen any other player get coddled and babied by the sporting press as much as the Williams sisters are when they lose matches. I suspect that Serena just GOT HER ASS KICKED by Jenn today - end of story.

Maybe, maybe...but after all the 8 straigth wins by Serena....

capriatifan78
May 15th, 2004, 07:32 PM
Thanks Bigshow21!!! I am always an avid supporter. :)

PSUjcapfan
May 15th, 2004, 07:40 PM
lets start our own jen fanclub haha