PDA

View Full Version : Capriati Cries Foul Ova Williams One-Two Punch


GogoGirl
Jun 7th, 2002, 08:57 PM
Excuse me if this has been posted.



Capriati cries foul over Williams one-two
June 7 2002





Dethroned French Open champion Jennifer Capriati hit out today at the way the Williams sisters have stormed into the top two places in women's world tennis.

The 26-year-old American's 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 defeat by Serena Williams in the semi-finals of the French Open here meant the younger of the two sisters will become the new world number two when the latest rankings are issued on Monday behind big sister Venus who will be the world number one - relegating Capriati to number three.

But Capriati hinted that the path to the top has been manipulated and eased by the absence through injury of former world number ones Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport.

"You have to give them credit, but there's a lot of things that have happened that have put them in this position. They have been pretty good at planning things," said Capriati.

"I don't know whether or not it was like that, but it's just kind of funny the way it's worked out sometimes.



advertisement

advertisement

"You know, one plays, the other doesn't. You would think maybe it was a little more planning behind it."

At the start of the sisters' careers, it was their father who predicted that one day both of his girls would occupy the top two positions in the world.

"If you really want your daughters to be one and two, I guess everyone would kind of do that," said Capriati.

"But mostly I think it's because not all of the top girls are playing right now. It would be nice to see what would happen when the others come back.

"I shouldn't comment more about that. It just seems like that."

Serena is taking part in her seventh event of the year while Venus is in her ninth but the French Open is only the second tournament the two sisters have played together.

Serena, who will face her sister for the ninth time on Sunday having won only three times, rejected Capriati's claims and said that had she not suffered an ankle injury at the start of the year, her position in the rankings may have been even stronger.

"If I hadn't had my ankle injury, then I would have played in the Australian Open and all of the tournaments I had signed up for, then I would have even more points now," said 20-year-old Serena who will be chasing her 15th career crown on Saturday.

"Our dad has always known our ability since we were three or four years old.

"He knows what we are capable of and when I was young I always dreamed of winning Grand Slams and being number one - I never really dreamed of being number two.

"This is the highest I have been so I am very happy. I've got nothing to complain about."

Serena also said that she was happy with her record against Hingis and Davenport.

"It will be good to see Lindsay back again but you have to take your opportunities when the time comes. You can't just sit back and let anything else happen.

"I don't know what the other players think about us being number one and two, I can't read minds.

"My record against Martina was getting better and my record against Lindsay is alright. Hingis has only just got injured recently, I was injured at the start of the year."

Venus said that they always had faith that their father's prediction would come true.

"We've reached the top of our profession," said Venus. "I'd like to see Serena be number one some day. I'm not giving it up yet, but I'm sure Serena will get there too."

Raj
Jun 7th, 2002, 09:06 PM
Poor Jennifer is just upset she did not defend her title!

QUEENLINDSAY
Jun 7th, 2002, 09:18 PM
Jenniffer actually said it right!!!

GrandSlammed
Jun 7th, 2002, 09:24 PM
And the WILLIAMS actually DID IT RIGHT. :)

Cam'ron Giles
Jun 7th, 2002, 09:24 PM
Originally posted by QUEENLINDSAY
Jenniffer actually said it right!!!

QueenLindsay nice to see you out of hiding...just find a quite corner and lick your wounds sweety...hope you following the docs orders and take your meds...:wavey:

Cam'ron Giles
Jun 7th, 2002, 09:27 PM
Queenlindsay: Just a suggestion, you, Vanity, Rocksteady, torresfan and Ryan15 should join togather and start a support group, you poor dears...LOL, can you imagine that meeting? what a mess...

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jun 7th, 2002, 09:32 PM
What the hell is her point?! Why can't she just be professional. I am sure a positive person like Kim will congragulate Serena and Venus because she has utter respect. Jenn is just bitter to talk like that. It's just so rude when competitors insult their fellow competitor, I mean, it's just so pathetic, bitter and unnecessary. Jenn, take it like a man

CC
Jun 7th, 2002, 09:33 PM
Jennifer should try harder not to let her sour grapes show.

Veggy
Jun 7th, 2002, 10:20 PM
"You have to give them credit, but there's a lot of things that have happened that have put them in this position. They have been pretty good at planning things," said Capriati.

This is complete bollocks. Jen said this in maybe 5 or 6 sentences and whoever wrote this article has completely twisted it around and made it sound as though Jen siad it straight off like that. She didn't, did you read her press interview, you retard (the person who wrote it):fiery: :fiery:

BigTennisFan
Jun 7th, 2002, 10:38 PM
Jenniffer actually said it right!!!

Hey, all Jenn had to do to keep it from happening was to beat Serena in the semis. :D

Serena y Monica
Jun 7th, 2002, 11:09 PM
Very true BTF

I mean people can fool themselves all they like. Jennifer meant it just like it has been interpreted. Sad thing is she seems to be saying that she needs Lindsay or Martina to fight her battles for her. Could this be why she's losing?

Jeff
Jun 7th, 2002, 11:17 PM
It really doesn't make a difference one way or another. Whether the sisters "plan their matches" or not...which I know they don't...they'd still have to beat everyone else in the process. Serena has defeated Capriati the past 5 times they have played, and Venus has defeated Capriati in all of their meetings. So get used to it Jen, the sisters deserve to be where they are right now.

Plane and simple, the sisters earned their rankings and deserve credit.

Gumbycat
Jun 7th, 2002, 11:22 PM
What is the best way to reach the top of the Tennis Ranking for two Sisters?

A. Play alternate tournaments and only play Grand Slams together.

B. Play the same tournaments and knock each other out every week.

Tough choice.....

ace78man
Jun 7th, 2002, 11:29 PM
But the fact that they can pick and choose which tournaments to enter shows you that they are good enough to be 1 and 2 in the world, so they deserve it. If Hingis and Davenport were not injured, I still think they would've reached 1 and 2 anyway.

Candy946
Jun 8th, 2002, 12:02 AM
Originally posted by Mrs_Guga
It's just so rude when competitors insult their fellow competitor, I mean, it's just so pathetic, bitter and unnecessary. Jenn, take it like a man
lol, I guess she'll never change.

BigTennisFan
Jun 8th, 2002, 12:09 AM
"But the fact that they can pick and choose which tournaments to enter shows you that they are good enough to be 1 and 2 in the world, so they deserve it. If Hingis and Davenport were not injured, I still think they would've reached 1 and 2 anyway."

And if you really think about it, Serena with only 12 tournaments is ranked much higher than some players with 20 or more tournaments.
It's not how many you play, but how well you do in the ones you do play.
I'm sure than we can name some players who play a lot of tournaments but they never get past the first or second round. :angel:

Richie77
Jun 8th, 2002, 09:44 PM
Originally posted by BigTennisFan
"But the fact that they can pick and choose which tournaments to enter shows you that they are good enough to be 1 and 2 in the world, so they deserve it. If Hingis and Davenport were not injured, I still think they would've reached 1 and 2 anyway."

And if you really think about it, Serena with only 12 tournaments is ranked much higher than some players with 20 or more tournaments.
It's not how many you play, but how well you do in the ones you do play.
I'm sure than we can name some players who play a lot of tournaments but they never get past the first or second round. :angel:

Well said! Quality trumps quantity every time.

All4Williams
Jun 8th, 2002, 09:59 PM
We know that Serena can beat Lindsay, I am not sure that Jenny would not be #4 if Lindsay was playing.
Is it also true that Jennifer benefitted last year from other top players absence at the FO not to mention the AO this year!!