View Full Version : Can Jennifer really take the positives out of the loss to Amelie at the Roma final?

May 17th, 2004, 04:47 PM
I just wonder......... :confused:

In her post-match interview... she sounded really positive about the outcome..... and she said something like there was really no loser at the end of the match.... Well... I've watched the match and I agreed that it couldn't get any closer than this.... both women playing out of their hearts... it was only a couple of points here or there to decide who was the winner.....

But.... the fact was "Once again, Jennifer was the loser of these close 3-setter matches"... This was what happened to her last year.... She was playing great tennis..... but just couldn't win a tight match against another top player (even when she was leading :o )!!!! She lost the belief to close out all these tight matches..... and the most heartbreaking one was the US Open 2003 Semi-final against Justine when she was leading 6-4 5-3..... then lost the 2nd set 5-7.. then leading 5-2 in the 3rd..... but eventually lost match in a tiebreak....

Well.... this time at the Roma 2004 final against Amelie.... she broke for a 4-2 lead in the 3rd set.... got a "Match Point" at 5-4 at Amelie's service game.... up 3-1.... then 4-3 with her two service points to come in the tiebreaker.... but eventually lost the match........... AGAIN!!!! :o

I really hope she is really feeling the way she speaks...... I hope this loss won't turned out to be a re-make of the Jennifer Capriati that we have seen in 2003... the one who couldn't win the big matches!!!!

Come on, Jennifer!!!! How many more chances you can have in your tennis career? She really needs to step up to take her chances left in her tennis career..... (I've actually noticed that Jennifer always made the wrong choice of the shots at the crucial points e.g. she always used that one-handed backhand slice but didn't work.... I hope her new coach noticed that as well and rectify this major problem!! (I know that's Steffi's major weapon - that one-handed backhand slice, but that doesn't seem to work well on Jennifer's game!!) )

May 17th, 2004, 05:24 PM
I think she can and she will.

May 17th, 2004, 05:26 PM
jenny has enough experience by now to know that she needs to take pointers and learn from each match.dont worry about jenny she will be just fine

May 17th, 2004, 05:31 PM
Of course she can look how much she improved upon her showing against Amelie in the previous tournament.

May 17th, 2004, 05:33 PM
I'm not so sure she can. It's not huge monkey on her back....remember she beat Clijsters and Hingis in tough 3-setters, but still it's got to weigh on her. She did play well except for a few weird slice forehand thingy doodles. I'm still not sure why she tried those shots. :confused:

May 17th, 2004, 05:35 PM
I'm not so sure she can. It's not huge monkey on her back....remember she beat Clijsters and Hingis in tough 3-setters, but still it's got to weigh on her. She did play well except for a few weird slice forehand thingy doodles. I'm still not sure why she tried those shots. :confused:
Damn! you mean this match was on TTC?

May 17th, 2004, 05:36 PM
personally I think beating serena in straights has got to do ONLY positive things to your game given the fact she has lost to serena in three sets a bunch of times in a row before rome.

so yes, its disappointing that she couldn't pull through in the final.. but a HUGE huge confidence boost for her given how this season has gone so far (notwithstanding last week and this).

May 17th, 2004, 05:39 PM
Jennifer didn't really "lose" the match. Amelie won. Jen saved the first match point in spectacular fashion and the rally on Amelie's second match point was spectacular. Jen was really going for it on the shot that missed.

There are also two major differences. Jen will take positives from this tournament because:
She beat Serena at this tournament
She has a great coach right now

Also, the fact that this match wasn't at a major will also mean Jen won't get too down.

May 17th, 2004, 05:40 PM
Damn! you mean this match was on TTC?

Yep..and they showed the whole thing! No cheesy editing! :D

May 17th, 2004, 05:41 PM
jenny has enough experience by now to know that she needs to take pointers and learn from each match.dont worry about jenny she will be just fine

Could not agree more. She has come a long long long ways. I think she is the most mature player out there right now, and even when she is not the better player, she works and fights like hell. Why? because she loves the sport, and you know when she makes it to any final, its going to be a good one, and everyone gets their moneys worth. I have never seen anything like it in any sport. She just never gives up! I think its AMAZING!:cool: :cool: :cool:

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May 17th, 2004, 05:41 PM
The only thing I've gathered is that Amelie is the better player on clay... and if Amelie plays her best, she wins.

But, Jen should take solace in that Amelie always chokes at RG.. and she'd likely beat Amelie there.

May 17th, 2004, 05:45 PM
Yep..and they showed the whole thing! No cheesy editing! :D
Hope you taped it..

May 17th, 2004, 05:56 PM
SF in Berlin, F in Rome she is on fire now, I am sure She will do very fine in RG
Of cours She can take positives, one can always take. She's done some hard work and I can see that especially on her serve, it is amazing now, all that will pay off I am sure.

May 17th, 2004, 06:18 PM
Do you know where to find the post match interview???

May 17th, 2004, 06:28 PM
See the picture in the thread ---" I am still the champion". ;)

May 17th, 2004, 06:32 PM
Jenn has really grown in the last year...and finally being able to beat Serena and then having a very close match with an Amelie was great.

I think Jenn knows that she CAN beat everyone...she also knows that if she ends up playing Amelie at the French that her chances of beating her are very, very good. And we all know that at the top 5/10 level it is 75% mental.

May 17th, 2004, 06:33 PM

May 17th, 2004, 08:03 PM
I think she will take the positives from this match and into RG Id love a rematch! ;)

May 17th, 2004, 10:12 PM
she can, and she will!!!! :worship:

May 17th, 2004, 10:30 PM
Jen for sure will take positive things from this match!!!! She did great and against a player that killed her last week showed up and put up a huge fight!!! This is just the start of many great things to come from Jen in 2004!!

May 17th, 2004, 10:42 PM
she choked very badly, IMO. i really couldnt agree that amelie won it... capriati stopped playing with the aggression and speed and risk-taking that nearly won her the match and started hitting tentative in both the visible loss of power that handed the reigns of control over to Mauresmo and the string of backhand SLICE shots that kept clipping the top of the tape. she STOPPED coming over the ball. And tried 2 or 3 drop shots in crucial moments--both the sudden drop shots AND the sudden slicing were evidence of her being nervous and not gunning for victory and retreating; she wanted mauresmo to lose instead of taking charge of her destiny and putting the match away.

It WAS very inspiring to see she could outplay serena (even a very rusty serena...no one believes that's such a major victory, really...serena going to lose plenty more matches before she gets her championship form back) and mauresmo in back to back matches. at the very least, she can take heart in knowing she certainly won during the portion of the match where she wasnt terrified to win. at least that's information that she can correct, rather than not appearing to have the ability to play her way to victory.

May 17th, 2004, 10:51 PM
That's all one should do. Take the positives from the match and build upon them while looking at what didn't work, the negatives, and learning from them.

May 17th, 2004, 11:01 PM
Jen is a smart and great player. She is always learning and fighting to stay in top tennis form and to win matches. Her game is the best anyone has seen right now. She will be a tough competitor in RG!!! Watch out cuz here she comes. Go Jen!!!!!

May 18th, 2004, 01:08 AM
I just hope Jenny will be frustrated in losing all these clse matches and decide that she wont anymore!!! This week was very promising despite the result VS Amelie, and i believe she can take some positives from it and be a major title cntender for the French.

May 18th, 2004, 01:15 AM
lotsa positives for Jenny to take from this match in particular and her return in general.

GŁnthardt may well be worth whatever he gets out of Stephano ... if he's convined Jen her previous ...err ... digestive(?) problems are past.

May 18th, 2004, 01:16 AM
Jen will never stop fighting and she will eventually win these matches. She CAN, she's Jen :kiss:

May 18th, 2004, 02:55 AM
i hope she can... i hope she's back on top form now...

May 18th, 2004, 03:08 AM
one interesting note i just heard from julie anthony, who was part of the original WTA...

"I think that can be said of all great champions: they understand the important moments in a match and then they rise to the occasion. They don't hope for an error, they make it happen; they make the great shots."