View Full Version : The Jen-Serena match will be 4Ever TAINTED!!!

Sep 8th, 2004, 05:31 AM
This match will go down in history as the match in which Serena was robbed. This isn't just a sentiment represented by 'Serena fans' even ESPN new casts refered to the match as the match where "Jennifer got lucky".

While it may be true that a win is a win- this particular win will alwayz have a dark cloud hoovering over it, and rightfully so.

Williams robbed of point in loss to Capriati
Sept. 7, 2004
SportsLine.com wire reports

NEW YORK -- Unfairly, unbelievably, Serena Williams was robbed of a point by an umpire's mistake at the U.S. Open, just like her sister was at Wimbledon. Advertisement

It happened in the opening game of the third set between Williams and Jennifer Capriati, who went on to win their Open quarterfinal 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday night.

"I'm very angry and bitter right now. I felt cheated. Shall I go on? I just feel robbed," a composed Williams said, laughing a bit. "At first, I thought it was another Wimbledon conspiracy."

The match was tight and testy, the way it almost always has been during their 17 matches: contested calls, spiked rackets, some gamesmanship and strokes pounded with power. A lot of power.

Capriati played superbly, without a doubt, but what always will be remembered is the miscue by chair umpire Mariana Alves of Portugal. She awarded the point to Capriati after Williams hit a backhand that landed in -- and was ruled good by the line judge.
Serena Williams questions a call during her match vs. Jennifer Capriati.(AP) *"I don't need to see the replay. I know my shots. Not only was it in, it wasn't even near the line," said Williams, who couldn't defend her 2002 Open title because of left knee surgery that forced her to miss eight months. "But I'm not making excuses. I didn't lose because of that. I probably should have closed her out in the second set."

It was eerily reminiscent of Wimbledon, where Venus Williams lost in the second round after Karolina Sprem was mistakenly awarded an extra point in the final-set tiebreaker. Venus didn't argue at all, saying later she was confused; chair umpire Ted Watts was kicked out of the tournament.

Alves won't officiate another match during the Open, said tournament referee Brian Earley, who acknowledged the overrule by Alves was wrong.

"I'd prefer she not umpire at my court anymore," Serena Williams said. "She's obviously anti-Serena."

Williams wound up losing that pivotal game, and though she did break right back, she was broken again to 2-1 and never recovered. TV replays also appeared to show at least two other incorrect calls that went against Williams in the final game, when Capriati needed three match points to serve it out.

"I didn't even, like, look at it. It was close. I was just going to what the umpire said," Capriati told the crowd afterward, drawing some boos and murmurs.

"Believe me, I've had things go against me many times, plenty of times. I deserve to get a call once in a while."

Sep 8th, 2004, 05:37 AM
Jen knows it too as do the commentators, the news media. I'm happy with that fact. She will take the win and how she came about it and show her lack of character - the type of person I knew she was before the match. Jennifer needs all the breaks to try to win any major these days. Sad but oh so Crapriati-like.

Serena was robbed - she just needs to use this and re-establish herself next year under a full and healthy season.

Sep 8th, 2004, 07:08 AM
Don't all the headlines and news reports have it? Serena was robbed. The match is tainted. Someone in the main board said::

somebody with principles perhaps - who values respect. it's funny because in men's tennis you see it all the time, even when it is a lot closer than that.

that the person above is an example of someone who would willingly open up and voice that something happened or didn't happen. Jennifer Capriati cannot escape film, and she cannot escape today.

Serena on the other hand amazes me almost every single time I see her play. Every single time I hear or read an interview. She gives more than what should be expected of any player. She was composed, even when we knew she was angry and hurting, she was respectful of Jennifer even when the other player was not reciprocating of that respect and decency. She deserved more than she got today and it is sad but this year is coming to a close and Serena if anything is a champion. She belongs up top and she shows that you get up top by working and winning. I have no doubt in my mind we'll be seeing a hungrier Serena, more desire and forceful will. I'm excited and I'm ready.

Days like today should never happen and they should never happen to players like Serena who clearly don't deserve it.

Sep 8th, 2004, 11:37 PM
I´m sure this will make Serena even more stronger and a better player.