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TeeRexx
Oct 17th, 2002, 09:21 AM
Jennifer Capriati has only been a shell of her 2001 self this year and maybe her lack of desire and improper training has cought up with her and resulted in this latest "injury" that she incurred playing against the old veteran, conchita Martinez, of all players.

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20021016/capt.1034786891switzerland_swisscom_klo103.jpg

This injury may be more psychological than physical and it could be just the ticket that Capriati is looking for to get off the tour a month or so early.

Maybe Jennifer will show more dedication to her career in 2003 after she gets it back together in the off season.

King Lindsay
Oct 17th, 2002, 09:43 AM
Well, considering she fell and hurt her ankle on live television, I'm tending to doubt the injury is mental.

And considering that Jennifer said she'd definitely be in LA, I don't think she's using it as an excuse to skip out on the rest of the year.

tennischick
Oct 17th, 2002, 10:39 AM
gee Tee Rex, think you could have "cought" a more unflattering picture? :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

mboyle
Oct 17th, 2002, 10:52 AM
No kidding. Come on Tee, why the need to bash someone over and over again? Everything you said about Jennifer's game was correct, but I don't think she faked THIS injury. But who knows? I don't think that Jennifer is using drugs or drinking too much however. She has too much respect for herself to do that.

essielewis
Oct 17th, 2002, 10:52 AM
Why would Jennifer need an "excuse" to get out of the rest of the year? Venus and Serena simply announced that they were "tired" and didn't want to play. If Jennifer didn't want to play she could do the same.:rolleyes: No need to make up an injury.

magassi
Oct 17th, 2002, 11:57 AM
Yea, I agree... she staged her fall, risked her career... all to coverup her "problems" -- that Jennifer, she's the devil :rolleyes:

Tratree
Oct 17th, 2002, 12:01 PM
Y'know...it'd almost be humorous if it wasn't so pathetic the way Tee just has to attack Jennifer on every occasion.

p.s. I hear she's been in LA practicing with stuntmen at Warner Brothers to get that fall down just right....must be nice having "Hollywood" connections ;)

Dahveed
Oct 17th, 2002, 12:16 PM
Just one thing, to you all.

Tee keeps starting threads to bash Jennifer or i dunno who else, why dont YOU let those threads die? Haven't you noticed he's having fun teasing you guys? And you are all jumping on the occasion, whining and reporting posts. Just ignore him and this kind of threads and maybe he'll get bored eventually. ;)

Sam L
Oct 17th, 2002, 12:20 PM
Where do U find those pictures? really... :p

tennischick
Oct 17th, 2002, 12:42 PM
excellent advice Dahveed. another suggestion which i will take myself -- put him permanently on ignore so that way you have nothing to respond to.

Originally posted by Dahveed
Just one thing, to you all.

Tee keeps starting threads to bash Jennifer or i dunno who else, why dont YOU let those threads die? Haven't you noticed he's having fun teasing you guys? And you are all jumping on the occasion, whining and reporting posts. Just ignore him and this kind of threads and maybe he'll get bored eventually. ;)

tenn_ace
Oct 17th, 2002, 12:59 PM
Originally posted by Dahveed
Just one thing, to you all.

Tee keeps starting threads to bash Jennifer or i dunno who else, why dont YOU let those threads die? Haven't you noticed he's having fun teasing you guys?

...and we're having fun to tell him that he's a patheric loser, hypocrite and a jealous bigot

Cybelle Darkholme
Oct 17th, 2002, 01:05 PM
I'm not bashing Jen but doesnt anyone else find it IRONIC that she played BETTER after her injury? Now think back to last year where Serena played Jen and Serena said she was under the weather with the flur or stomach virus and what did Jen say? Something along the lines of "she wasn't playing good for being so sick" Im paraphrasing.

SO does that mean she wasn't sick or jen wasn't injured NO it means they both have a lot of heart to keep going depsite it all.

baleineau
Oct 17th, 2002, 01:15 PM
the injury was not obvious. her footwrok was a bit clumsy as usualy, but it really did not look like anything was wrong i.e. she did not fall or appear to stumble. besides, she moved better in the second set, after the injury, than at any time before the sprain or whatever.

basically, when youre being crushed 6-0 1-0, one way of snapping your opponents' rhythm is either through improved play yourself, a bathroom break or an injury time out. or pray that your opponents' game goes off. there was no indication that jen was improving, that Conchita was weakening, and there was no bathroom break. just a slightly suspect injury that occurred on a point that Capriati won, and on a point where there was obvious sign of any stumble or imbalance.

2284
Oct 17th, 2002, 01:36 PM
Originally posted by TeeRexx
Jennifer Capriati has only been a shell of her 2001 self this year and maybe her lack of desire and improper training has cought up with her and resulted in this latest "injury" that she incurred playing against the old veteran, conchita Martinez, of all players.

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20021016/capt.1034786891switzerland_swisscom_klo103.jpg

This injury may be more psychological than physical and it could be just the ticket that Capriati is looking for to get off the tour a month or so early.

Maybe Jennifer will show more dedication to her career in 2003 after she gets it back together in the off season.

TeeRex, after a long day consisting of both university and work, I can always come home, turn on my computer and smile because I know that I will always find another one of your smart-arsed comments. :) Keep up the great work

magassi
Oct 17th, 2002, 02:49 PM
"her footwork was clumsy as usual"?? Jennifer's footwork and balance is probably the best out of the top 4.

TSequoia01
Oct 17th, 2002, 08:26 PM
I agree Tee that maybe Jen is dealing with some issues. On this board as well as others, many are wondering exactly what it may concern. Some blame Matthew Perry, while others point to partying. There were some who have even insisted that the new drug policy may be the reason. What ever it is, something is affecting her play. Personally, I just think her losses to Serena and Amelie are weighing on her from a confidence standpoint. So her mental game has become a bit weak. But it is nothing that a big win would not solve. :cool:

o0O0o
Oct 18th, 2002, 12:47 AM
"I'm not bashing Jen but doesnt anyone else find it IRONIC that she played BETTER after her injury."

Like, how in Australia this year, Venus won the only set in which she appeared to be moving slowly? :p

AjdeNate!
Oct 18th, 2002, 01:26 AM
She did win a Grand Slam event this year. That's about all I have to say about this.

Lisbeth
Oct 18th, 2002, 01:35 AM
Exactly what Seles said. And the only other person to win slams this year also injured her ankle and that was real too.

Besides, I'm no historian but isn't Jen usually better at the beginning of the year than the end anyway??

harloo
Oct 18th, 2002, 01:58 AM
The problem with Jen is that she can't handle pressure well. Also when someone steps up and challenges her she breaks down.

Look at the facts:

When she won the AO and the FO 2000, players like Serena and Amelie would be on the meltdown. IMO, Jen wasn't better than these players she was just more prepared and mentally aware.
At the 2001 AO Venus wen't out, plus she never did well in the AO, Serena was out, Lindsay was out, and Martina became the biggest choker of all time. Of course Jen was shut out of Wimby by Justine, and the US Open 2001 by Venus.

Now look what happened in 2002. Serena stepped up and challenged Capriati, and got over the mental block after 5 straight loses. Now Jen gets nervous and shaky when she plays Rena because she know it will be a challenge and she won't choke like she use to. I think Venus has handled Jen because she is just a better competitor in pressure situations.

And look at Amelie, at first when she was playing Jen she would lose all the time. However, that one slip at Wimby 2002 made Amelie believe that she can really beat Jen. When Amelie started to put pressure on Jen at the USO 2002, she just crumbled. Usually Amelie sort of gives up sometimes, but against Jen she had that confidence which gave her the win. In that match Jen was serving for the match and choked big time.

IMO, players are not scared of Jen anymore. When she had the resurgence it was different with everyone either bowing out or choking. However, now it seems it's getting more competitive, and if any top player loses their mental edge they can sink down the rankings pretty fast.

Jen just needs to learn how to play under pressure, and when her opponent challenges her she can't have a lapse.

Weevee
Oct 18th, 2002, 05:33 AM
TR's comments are reasonable. Jennifer's recent poor results can best be explained by lack of application. If there is a more plausible explantion I would like to hear it.

maya
Oct 18th, 2002, 06:28 AM
Originally posted by magassi
Yea, I agree... she staged her fall, risked her career... all to coverup her "problems" -- that Jennifer, she's the devil :rolleyes:

I am not trying to say Jennifer faked her injury; but like anyone who was watching the match would know, she didn't fell. Or twist her ankle. Or anything visable.

It was even in slowmotion and the comentators were looking for a moment that something would happen - and it didn't: she just started to make grimaces and a bit later walk funny. Maybe she stepped wrong, but in that case it would be her foot, not her ankle.

I just not think it's fair for people to use it as an excuse for her poor play: she won those games AFTER she hurt herself.

Crazy Canuck
Oct 18th, 2002, 06:30 AM
This amature psychology stuff kills me everytime.

Once again, thanks for the laugh ;)

TeeRexx
Oct 18th, 2002, 09:14 AM
You are very welcome, sweet Becky. :)