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Sep 4th, 2002, 11:09 PM
Jennifer Capriati

A. MAURESMO/J. Capriati


Q. You seemed to get upset when she wasn't ready for your serve. Do you think she was trying to get into your head? Was she successful?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I have no idea. I mean, I think she was just taking her time.

Q. Was that annoying to you, though?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I've already answered it.

Q. What is it about her that makes it such a difficult matchup for you?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, she has a different style of game. She mixes things up, she's a good mover around the court. But I think today, I mean, I definitely -- I think I should have come out and won that match. I don't know. Right now I can't comment a lot about what happened in the match. I haven't had enough time to really think about it. It's something that I got to go and look at and really think about and see what happened out there. You know, that's a match that I shouldn't have lost.

Q. How frustrating, disappointing is it for you? You had a good run here. Things were going well. How disappointing is this loss?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, of course it's very disappointing, especially when, you know, I had my chances. But what can you do?
I mean, yeah, it hurts. Definitely hurts. I definitely think I should have -- I had that match. You know, just a lot of expectation, a lot of pressure put on myself maybe. You know, it's just something that I got to go and look at.

Q. Talking about expectations and pressure, is it you want to be back up in the semis, finals, so badly, winning Slams, that when you're up there, it's bearing down on you?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, of course I want to. But there's a difference between wanting to and then expecting yourself to and thinking that you should be up there. Of course a lot of other people think I should be up there. You know, so it plays a part.
It's something that, you know, I haven't really felt in a while and maybe I've been feeling it more lately.

Q. How do those expectations make you feel?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, just, I mean, no one is gonna put expectations on me except myself.

Q. More your own, I'm asking.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. Well, it just -- I think, you know, I had the chance to close out the set -- the match there, and I didn't. I don't know, I think even just from the beginning, I wasn't playing with the same kind of loose shots that I was playing, you know, the whole time. I think I came out and I was pretty nervous. I felt kind of tight out there throughout the whole match - even though I won the first set and, you know, still in the second set was serving for it.

Q. Did you want the pace of this match to go little quicker than it was? She certainly was taking her time between your serves. Putting her hand up, walking around.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I kind of answered that a little bit before. I think you missed it.
I don't know, I have no comment about that.

Q. She was able to hit some winners because she disguised -- she changed the rhythm of the play. Was it because she disguised it so well or because you didn't focus at this moment?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know what you're talking about.

Q. There were times it seemed like you were going for your shots. Others were pretty big points and it seemed like you backed off. Is it because she was playing great defense, or you weren't sure of the shots?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think I was just -- she was playing great defense, but just like I said, I was just tight, you know, in the whole match. And really, I had confidence in the first and second set, but I still felt that kind of lingering.
So any time I kind of really thought about it or let it get in my head, then, you know, that's when I just didn't play aggressively. Sometimes I over -- I played too aggressively, probably.
But she was making great shots. You know, I also didn't know what to do in certain moments, too. But, you know, she was just -- it was a tough match.

Q. Was there a problem with your strings? You were changing racquets a bunch.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: That's probably something that just -- it was more mental than anything.

Q. How frustrating is it to feel it's not the real you out there, when you're just not playing as well as you know you can?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It's very frustrating because you try to do everything you can to just kind of relax out there. You know, there was a moment where I relaxed when I got ahead. But, you know, just when I was serving for it, I felt like all of a sudden, I just got really nervous and just really tight. Like, again, I said, I think it's probably just a lot of expectation, pressure that I put on myself. You know, it just came through, so...

Q. Shouldn't you have those expectations of yourself, though, given your record of winning a match like that?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, to a certain point. But, I mean, I don't think it should be like, you know, live-or-die and it's like, "You have to win."
You know, you just got to look at also, I mean -- you just got to go out there and play your game, play your tennis. I mean, that's what you should expect. But, I mean, sometimes the opponent's gonna play well also, and it's like, even if that happens, you know, I should win.
So it's, I don't know... It's just a lot of stuff going on maybe.

Q. Does fear increase with age and wisdom? We all watched the other day, I don't know if you watched the match against Monica on television the other day. Did you watch that at all?

Q. You talk about fear. You played so fearlessly back then. I'm wondering with age and knowledge, does fear sort of creep in more?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I think you become more aware, for sure, of what's going on and, yeah, you think about things more than when you're at that age. Probably all that stuff was still there, but it's just I didn't -- I wasn't aware of it.
So, you know, I think it comes in, but then the wisdom part should also help you overcome it, too.

Q. Is she one of the better athletes on tour? If you could talk about her athleticism a little bit.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I would say that. She's one of the better ones.

Q. Is it just speed or her ability to move? Her movement is so good.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think she's fast around the court and she just has good footwork. She has a good sense of -- good instinct on how to move around the court and when to come in and, you know, reacts well, anticipates well. She's natural.

Q. You had a lot of shoulder-high balls to deal with today because of the topspin. How do you think you handled that today?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think I handled it all right. I mean, you know, I didn't sit in the baseline and just, you know, play her game. I mean, I don't want to get into that kind of rally, either. Just playing her game. I'm playing my game, which is to be aggressive. For the most part, it worked, you know.
Like I said, I'm still like thinking about the -- I haven't had enough time to think about it. I don't know really, you know, what happened. I just, you know, don't think I should have lost the match, so...

Q. You certainly had the life experience to know that if you do lose matches and you're not winning Grand Slams anymore, life will still go on. That happened with you, then you were able to come back and start winning again. You've known that. If that hasn't been able to relieve this pressure that you feel, what do you think is going to be able to take that off for you?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, this has kind of been a new pressure that I've felt, I mean, it's just, you know, coming off being No. 1 and having such a great run. So, I mean, human beings are the only ones that go over and over and do the same mistakes over and over. I mean, we never learn, you know...
So, yeah. I mean, it's something that -- it still is a different kind of pressure, so that's something that I have to, you know, go back and figure out.

(Note: this is a partial transcript)

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Shocking! after being on tour for a decade, being a multiple grandslam champion and world no.1 you still choke at the quarters of a slam!

Sep 4th, 2002, 11:20 PM
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Capriati Loses, Hewitt Wins at Open

AP Tennis Writer

September 4, 2002, 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- Even when leading, Jennifer Capriati rarely looked happy during her U.S. Open quarterfinal against Amelie Mauresmo. She fretted about Mauresmo's stalling, complained about the music blaring between games, and switched rackets often.

In truth, Capriati's biggest foe might have been herself, and she admitted as much after Mauresmo came back to win 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 Wednesday.

"It hurts. Definitely hurts. Just a lot of expectation, a lot of pressure put on myself," Capriati said, her eyes red. "There's a fine line, there's a balance. That's not good either, to just want it so bad."

The three-time Grand Slam tournament champion served for the match at 6-5 in the second set, but a double fault and two errors gave away the edge. Capriati also was hurt by double faults in the third set.

She used the words "nervous" and "tight" to describe her play. Later, responding to a question, she added, "Well, I think 'getting tight' is basically saying you choked."

Capriati has lost her last three matches against Mauresmo, who played Wednesday with her left thigh heavily bandaged. The 10th-seeded Frenchwoman, also a semifinalist at Wimbledon, next faces two-time defending champion Venus Williams or Monica Seles.

Defending men's champion Lleyton Hewitt reached the final four by beating No. 20 Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco 6-1, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2. Hewitt's biggest blip was a double fault to cede the third set to El Aynaoui, who had a decent excuse if he was a step slow: His fourth-round match finished at 2:14 a.m. Tuesday.

The top-seeded Australian got help from a non-call in the first game of the last set. At break point on El Aynaoui's serve, Hewitt rushed forward, fell as he hit the ball, and his feet kicked out, with at least one brushing the net -- which should mean losing the point. But the chair umpire, who earlier took a point from El Aynaoui when his foot touched the net, didn't penalize Hewitt.

The stadium was so empty that ushers encouraged fans in the upper reaches to move closer to the court, making a better backdrop for TV coverage.

Hewitt's semifinal opponent will be two-time Open champion Andre Agassi or No. 32 Max Mirnyi of Belarus, who were to meet in Wednesday's final match.

The day's opening singles match started promisingly for Capriati. She broke to 5-4 when Mauresmo double faulted, then served out the first set at love, punctuating it with an ace. Not much later, three forehand errors by Mauresmo -- into the net, then wide, then long -- allowed Capriati to break for a 6-5 lead in the second set.

But Capriati double faulted to 15-30, hit a backhand into the net to set up break point, and sent a forehand wide to let Mauresmo back in it at 6-6. A backhand winner and volley winner by the Frenchwoman ended the tiebreaker.

With Capriati trailing 5-3 in the third set and serving, she saved four match points. It was reminiscent of this year's Australian Open, in which Capriati overcame a Grand Slam final-record four match points en route to escaping a 6-4, 4-0 hole against Martina Hingis to defend that title.

A Capriati comeback wasn't in the offing this time. Her sixth double fault set up match point No. 5, and an errant forehand ended it after 2 hours, 18 minutes.

Capriati generally prefers to play quickly, stepping up to the baseline right away to serve or return. Throughout the match, Mauresmo appeared to do what she could to disrupt that, often waving her hand to indicate she wasn't ready for the next point.

"Every time Jennifer was ready to serve, the other one was doing like that," Capriati's father, Stefano, said, motioning with his hand to imitate Mauresmo. "It was disturbing Jennifer."

That's not all that bothered Capriati, who twice asked the chair umpire if the rock music playing on the speakers between games could be turned down. She also appeared to be thrown off by Mauresmo's tendency to change the pace during points.

"I was paying attention to what I was supposed to do and to me," Mauresmo said.

Capriati knows all about conquering self-doubt and coming back from adversity, on the court and off it. Only 26, she already has shuffled her priorities more than many people do in a lifetime: a French Open semifinalist in 1990, in drug rehab and off the tour in 1994, back on tour in 1996, ranked 267th in 1998, a Grand Slam champion for the first time in January 2001, and ranked No. 1 for the first time late last year.

Back and forth. Back and forth.

Now she's been overtaken in the rankings by the Williams sisters, and has seen them meet for three of the past four major championships.

Capriati wants to be back at the top.

"This has kind of been a new pressure that I've felt -- coming off being No. 1 and having such a great run," she said. "Human beings are the only ones that go over and over and do the same mistakes over and over. We never learn."
Copyright 2002, The Associated Press

Sep 4th, 2002, 11:32 PM

This is the number of 'you know' :eek:

Haven't counted the 'i mean' yet! :p

Sorry couldnt help it!

Dawn Marie
Sep 4th, 2002, 11:56 PM

I don't think Jen choked. Amelie really raised her level and kept plugging away, she knew the longer she kept Jen out there the better her chances. In short Amelie played a clay court game in a sorta way. Kept sliceing and diceing and played alot more consistent. Also it was Amelie who had match points, and it was her who played the better tiebreaker. I don't think Jen choked, she started to make errors because Momo kept her on the court and Momo is fitter.

Sep 5th, 2002, 12:57 AM
Originally posted by Dahveed

This is the number of 'you know' :eek:

Haven't counted the 'i mean' yet! :p

Sorry couldnt help it!
I wanted to place Chanda's interview yesterday, and Jen's today into Word and do a Find and Replace on "you know" so I could get a count of how many times they said it and also so I can read the text without all the "you knows".

Sep 5th, 2002, 01:21 AM
Interesting reading with regards to her expectation pressures. I mean it was her who said that the slams are all that matters. Tier events only get you ready for the slams. But what happens when you don't win there? Maybe you forget how to win. :cool:

Sep 5th, 2002, 01:28 AM
TSqui- thats a great point you raise- winning is a habit and jen hasn't done it in 10 months, she needs to focus on winning thoese smaller events....

Sep 5th, 2002, 01:39 AM
Q. You seemed to get upset when she wasn't ready for your serve. Do you think she was trying to get into your head? Was she successful?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I have no idea. I mean, I think she was just taking her time.

Q. Was that annoying to you, though?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I've already answered it.
Q. Did you want the pace of this match to go little quicker than it was? She certainly was taking her time between your serves. Putting her hand up, walking around.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I kind of answered that a little bit before. I think you missed it.
I don't know, I have no comment about that.

It seems Jenn is beginning to work on being more careful about her replies.

Sep 5th, 2002, 02:14 AM
When she had the game on her raquet and couldn't come through in the second set I think she choked. In the 3rd set however Amelie raised the level of her game and Jennifer wasn't able to stay with her.

Dawn Marie
Sep 5th, 2002, 02:21 AM
Having almost a game does not make the match already hers. Jen didn't get a match point. Momo won that match, Jen just tighten up. If anyone choked it was Momo in that first set.

Sep 5th, 2002, 02:22 AM
ROLFMAO@Daveed That's so lameo 'you know' of Jennifer. ;)

Sep 5th, 2002, 02:24 AM
I don't think it really matters if she had a match point, but she did have the chance to close out the match. The momentum was in her favor, it was her serve, and she tightened up. Even elite athletes can choke, and imo at the end of the second set, and in the tiebreaker Jennifer choked. Now as I already said in the 3rd set Amelie just kept on raising her game and Jennifer just couldn't keep up.

Sep 5th, 2002, 02:24 AM
For people who like finesse, this match was their treat. Momo was great after she cut out the loose backhands she kept poping up. For someone with a rep as being a head case (Momo) she really showed who the head case was. CAppy just couldn't hold it together in the clutch, and specifically had trouble with the short slice shots from Momo.

But the most striking differnce ( as usual) was the serve. Momo repeatedly served her way out of trouble, though cappy overall did a great job to even get back some of those serves. Cappy couldn't buy a first serve in that last game. Wonderful match. Congrats to Momo.

Sep 5th, 2002, 02:29 AM
Jenn got caught up in the "i have already won this match mentality" Even in the third set I think she kept thinking she had it in the bag until it got close late in the third. Then she got nervous. She hates the kind of ball Amelie feeds her. Stefano is silly for complaining about Amelie taking her time. ALLEZ AMELIE with your bad self!

Dawn Marie
Sep 5th, 2002, 02:40 AM
Ok ok after some thinking, I change my mind. Jen CHOKED. She got tight, but AMELIE earned her win, because she kept her nerves under the pressure.:)

Sep 5th, 2002, 02:48 AM
I agree with Dawn that Jennifer choked coz I think she was thinking about just losing to Momo in Montreal and then Wimbleton and she got nervous.