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Mar 30th, 2002, 08:58 PM
S. WILLIAMS/J. Capriati
7-5, 7-6
An Interview With:

JENNIFER CAPRIATI

. THE MODERATOR: Questions for Jennifer, please.

Q. How much do you think the schedule hurt you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, maybe it made a little difference, I don't know. Probably, maybe would have been a bit fresher. I would have -- it would have helped on those important points. But I really, I mean, I can't say whether it made a difference or not. Because I was still fighting pretty hard, and then still felt pretty good out there. I mean, maybe just losing the first set and had a little bit of a letdown. But I came back pretty strong.

I feel like I was kind of ahead, and pretty much in control the whole match. So, you know, it's a little disappointing.

Q. That compounds the frustration then, does it, to feel like you're ahead so much?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean, you know, if I would have, you know, won the first set, and I could have held in the second, who knows. Maybe it could have been me who won in two sets, you know?

But it was just really close, and she played really well on those points, on the important points. It's not like I gave it away. I mean, she really earned it I think.

Q. Was the crowd or were the calls more of a distraction for you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Can you stop that flash, please? It's pretty bright.

What was that? Sorry.

Q. Was the crowd more of a distraction or were the calls more of a distraction?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Nothing really was, like, a distraction. I mean, the crowd a little bit. They were just really into the match. And there was a lot of screaming and yelling going on. But for both of us, you know, I think it was the same.

You know, just, you know, before we were serving and stuff like that. Just, it's hard to maybe keep concentrated.

Q. How difficult is it to pick up your game when your opponent is making a lot of mistakes and then cracking some winners.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Sorry, when my opponent is?

Q. Making a lot of mistakes and cracking some winners. How difficult is it to pick up your game in that situation?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: If she is or I am?

Q. For you.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Me?

Q. No, she is.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I think it's a little difficult to get a rhythm, you know, because, I mean, that's the hardest part about playing her. You just never know what's going to happen. And, you know, it's just -- it's not consistent. It's not like, you know, you can get a real groove or anything. It's either like a few mistakes and then a few winners, or sometimes she's pushing it or sometimes she's hitting it really hard.

So it's difficult.

Q. 3-3 in the first set. Serena's serving. 30-love on you. Share with us what you asked the woman in the chair.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't remember.

Q. You don't remember going up to the chair umpire and complaining about the call at 30-love?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know. Maybe it was the serve or something I complained about. I don't recall. I don't remember. I'm sorry.

Q. You went over and pointed to some mark just behind the baseline.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't remember. I'm sorry.

Q. What was the problem in the first set, you took all of your racquets out of the bag. Suddenly you seemed disappointed because of something.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, well, it was very humid today. And I was used to playing night matches, so I guess the tension in the strings, you know, loses a lot of tension. There were some old racquets, and they weren't freshly strung yet, so I had to wait for the freshly strung ones.

Q. If you got into a third set after two hours in that kind of heat, how would you feel about your chances?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think I would have been so pumped up to be in the third, you know, that I would have just been going on adrenaline I think. I would have just been, you know, I'd have thought to myself, "I'm in a third set, this is it, so I might as well..." Can take a break after this.

Q. What was the most important thing that you learned today playing?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean... I don't really know yet. I haven't thought about it just yet. I'll probably go back and think about it and see what I could have done different.

Q. Is it very different to play Venus or Serena?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It's different because Serena is more erratic and maybe Venus can get a little more of a rhythm going. But, I mean, they both move incredibly well, and that's -- there's a lot of similarities but there's some differences, too.

Q. Is it frustrating to keep getting a deuce, deuce, deuce?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, of course it is. Especially when it's your ad, then it's frustrating.

Q. Were there shades of last year when you had all those matchpoints and this time all those set points?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, that didn't come into my mind at all. I don't think it was even -- it was similar.

Q. How do you account -- now last year, you had all those matchpoints. Yet some people wouldn't have slept for months, but you came back and played better. How do you account for that?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, I look at it as, you know, it was that close that next time, you know, I could -- just a point, that I could definitely win next time. Or what do I have to do next time?

You know, and plus my mom, I remember she got the hip replacement. So there was a lot of stuff going on that really was more important than crying over a --.

Q. Spilled matchpoints.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Right.

Q. Serena says that her goal for this year is to become No. 1. Do you think she has the potential?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Sure. I mean, if she keeps winning and is consistent and, you know, to be No. 1 you have to play a lot. And you have to do well in every tournament. We'll have to see.

Q. Is this lost a little harder to take because it's Key Biscayne in Miami, your backyard? Or it doesn't matter?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, it doesn't matter.

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Luna_Angel_84
Mar 30th, 2002, 09:04 PM
It sounds like Jen was pretty gutted then. :( Can't say I blame her though. She did well to keep her composure though during that interview because if I'd been in her siatuation I'd have probably walked out (probably not the best idea).

earthcrystal
Mar 30th, 2002, 09:08 PM
Q. Was the crowd or were the calls more of a distraction for you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Can you stop that flash, please? It's pretty bright.

What was that? Sorry.



(Too Classic! :D)

GoSandrine
Mar 30th, 2002, 09:24 PM
EC, I just got it.....LOL!

Too f***kn funny!!! :o

Hey, JP, who's that in your avatar? Don't tell me that's Jennifer. :o

harloo
Mar 30th, 2002, 09:32 PM
:confused: Was Jen that out of it, it seems like she didn't remember anything:confused:

veryborednow
Mar 30th, 2002, 09:47 PM
Q. Was the crowd or were the calls more of a distraction for you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Can you stop that flash, please? It's pretty bright.

What was that? Sorry.


yeah I thought that too. is it me or were the reporters not talking loud enough??

Q. How difficult is it to pick up your game when your opponent is making a lot of mistakes and then cracking some winners.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Sorry, when my opponent is?

Q. Making a lot of mistakes and cracking some winners. How difficult is it to pick up your game in that situation?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: If she is or I am?

Q. For you.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Me?

Q. No, she is.

GoSandrine
Mar 30th, 2002, 09:50 PM
It had to be the heat.....LOL! :D

Jordan.
Mar 30th, 2002, 09:52 PM
LOL!Shes fun...:bounce:

GoSandrine
Mar 30th, 2002, 11:18 PM
OOOOO! Well, what's she doing with that rolling pin??? :confused:

Er, forget it. I don't think I wanna know. :o

Rocketta
Mar 30th, 2002, 11:27 PM
Maybe I missed it but was there a compliment to her opponent in that interview??:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

rhz
Mar 31st, 2002, 12:13 AM
she also needs to go to a speech class, she says you know and i mean way too many times ! too funny!!

MaRKy MaRk
Mar 31st, 2002, 03:23 AM
LOL@Jen's interview

LOL@Celine Dion!

Volcana
Mar 31st, 2002, 05:06 AM
Jennifer was absolutely right. If Serena had made errors on 3 or 4 key points instead of hitting winners, Jenn would have won the match. And I think Serena will be highly successful on clay playing the way she played at this tournament. She's ready to run.

the_ancyent_marinere
Mar 31st, 2002, 06:50 AM
Damn great avatar, jp!!!:D :wavey:

RYNJ
Mar 31st, 2002, 06:54 AM
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Can you stop that flash, please? It's pretty bright.
What was that?

HAHAHAHA, that cracks me up :D ;)

Even in the PRESS CONFERENCE JEN!!!:eek: :eek:

Jessica02
Mar 31st, 2002, 01:51 PM
You guys you know, you need to you know stop taking the mick out of jen you know, she just you know gets distracted sometimes, you know. She did compliment Serena its just you know with all the distactions going on you just couldnt hear it.

2ace2
Mar 31st, 2002, 01:58 PM
Nice, but the flash seems to bother her every time!
:)

vw43
Apr 1st, 2002, 02:25 PM
This interview cracks me up. Jennifer is just Jennifer. I honestly believe that she has no clue what she said to the chair ump and I honestly believe she was bothered by the flashes and let it be known. She doesn't hold back. She doesn't worry if it's polite or not. If the cell phones annoy her, she says it. If the crowd is breaking her concentration, she says it. If she thinks a call is poor, she let's everyone know about it. She felt that Serena played better during the points that mattered and she said it. She didn't make excuses and I like it. I could do with about 10 less "you knows" but you know, i kinda like think that's just you know, Jen.

:p

Tratree
Apr 1st, 2002, 03:04 PM
Originally posted by Rocketta
Maybe I missed it but was there a compliment to her opponent in that interview??:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Yes, you missed it. Or I guess you see what you want to see:

"But it was just really close, and she played really well on those points , on the important points. It's not like I gave it away. I mean, she really earned it I think."

harloo
Apr 1st, 2002, 03:27 PM
OMG, Jen come back, come back! She seems to be disoriented or something.:confused: :confused: :hearts:

Rocketta
Apr 1st, 2002, 05:19 PM
Originally posted by Tratree


Yes, you missed it. Or I guess you see what you want to see:

"But it was just really close, and she played really well on those points , on the important points. It's not like I gave it away. I mean, she really earned it I think."

No wonder I missed it! It was only a half-hearted sentence (see the "I think" part)! :wavey:

vw43
Apr 1st, 2002, 05:25 PM
or possibly you missed it because you didn't want to see it...:rolleyes: