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Apr 14th, 2005, 02:00 PM
Well, atleast there is some hope that she might play!!!

Capriati Questionable For Roland Garros

Photo By Susan Mullane By Tennis Week

Continuing her recovery from right shoulder surgery, Jennifer Capriati has not entered next month's Roland Garros and remains questionable for the season's second Grand Slam. Though she could seek a wild card, the 2001 Roland Garros champion has not played a match since suffering a 6-0, 6-1 setback to Vera Zvonareva in the Philadelphia quarterfinals last November.

The 11th-ranked Capriati and 98th-ranked compatriot Laura Granville were the only two players of the top 108-ranked women who did not apply for direct entry into the Roland Garros draw. The clay-court major begins on May 23rd in Paris.

Back, hamstring and shoulder injuries limited Capriati to 41 matches last year. The 29-year-old Capriati reached the 2004 Roland Garros semifinals where she looked lethargic in succumbing to eventual-champion Anastasia Myskina, 6-2, 6-2. It was the culmination of a strong clay-court season that saw Capriati advance to the Berlin semifinals (falling to Amelie Mauresmo, 6-2, 6-0) and the Rome final (losing to Mauresmo, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(6).

Capriati concluded the season reaching the quarterfinals or better in eight consecutive events, including a final eight appearance at Wimbledon and a semifinal effort at the U.S. Open where she suffered a painful, 6-0, 2-6, 7-6(5) loss to Elena Dementieva.

Despite her season-long inactivity, Capriati has remained in the top 12 in the rankings though she will start to slip if she's unable to defend her ranking points during the European clay-court season.

The fourth-seeded Capriati battled back to earn a 1-6, 6-4, 12-10 triumph over Kim Clijsters in the 2001 French Open final in which Capriati served for the match three times in the final set before finally ending the dramatic duel to claim her second straight Grand Slam title.

Since successfully defending her Australian Open championship in 2002 when she showed her ferocious fighting spirit by battling back from a 6-4, 4-0 deficit and saving four match points to score a 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-2 victory over third-seeded Martina Hingis and capture her third Grand Slam championship in 13 months, Capriati has won just one tournament title the 2003 New Haven championship.