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treufreund
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:15 PM
2 all.

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:17 PM
Hang on to that break Jennifer!

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:17 PM
3-2 Jen to serve

catkey94
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:17 PM
3-2 Jen

treufreund
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:18 PM
Jenn is using lots of variety and changes of pace combined with depth and short balls to bring about NINE UNFORCED ERRORS from Serena in just five games. Jenn has only one error. Serena is dictating play but blew a 2-0 lead and is now DOWN a BREAK

Jenn to serve at 3-2.

oaki
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:19 PM
go Jenny
win this :bounce: :bounce:

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:20 PM
30all

harloo
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:25 PM
4-2 Jen

Rena better pick it up or else.

bilal
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:27 PM
Go Jen!

Mrs. Peel
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:28 PM
get back that form you started with Serena!!!! :bounce:

treufreund
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:28 PM
Sery got a little lucky to win that game. 4-3 Jenny

harloo
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:28 PM
Jen leads 4-3

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:31 PM
Go Jennifer, it's yer birfday.... we gonna party like it's yer birfday.... sip Bacardi like it's yer birfday.... and you know we don't give a f**k, cuz it's yer birfday!!!

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:32 PM
5/3 Jennifer.

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:34 PM
5/4 Jen to serve for it.

Mrs. Peel
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:34 PM
5/4 Jenn...time to break Rena!!!!

treufreund
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:38 PM
LMAO! CAPPY served BETTER in first than Sery did.

Mrs. Peel
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:38 PM
Serena can you play anymore like crap? Jenn is doing nothing spectacular out there!!! you are just making stupid errors!!! :mad: :fiery:

hollywood7172
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:38 PM
GO JENNIFER!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:40 PM
Jennifer Capriati, our Birthday Girl is up one set 6-4.

hollywood7172
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:44 PM
GO JENNY!!! WIN MIAMI!!!!!!!!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:44 PM
http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/Stats/StatMatch4953Set1.html


Match Statistics
Player
1
2
3


SerenaWilliams
4




JenniferCapriati
6




Elapsed Time By Set
37
0
0





Set Summary

Williams
Capriati
1st Serve %
59%
65%
Aces
2
2
Double Faults
1
1
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts.
14 of 19 = 74%
14 of 20 = 70%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts.
4 of 13 = 31%
6 of 11 = 55%
Winners (Including Service)
14
9
Unforced Errors
14
3
Break Point Conversions
1 of 1 = 100 %
2 of 3 = 67 %
Net Approaches
4 of 8 = 50 %
3 of 4 = 75 %
Total Points Won
29
34


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Jakub
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:50 PM
Go Jennifer !!

Mrs. Peel
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:50 PM
hard fought and hard earned ...GOOOO SERENA!!!

Great Tennis Ladies!!!!

jay_k
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:51 PM
scores ???

Jakub
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:51 PM
Fight Jen, break her back !!

Jakub
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:52 PM
Serena 2:0 and 30:0 in 2nd

Jakub
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:54 PM
damnit 3:0,
what a lucky point for Williams :fiery:

treufreund
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:54 PM
Jenn got hooked on that line call yet again. :( And then Serena gets lucky let cord. :rolleyes:

Mrs. Peel
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:58 PM
Jenn has had her share of luck today :fiery:


GOOO SERENA!!! Another breakpoint off a great dropshot...

Jakub
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:59 PM
another break :sad: 4:0

Mrs. Peel
Mar 29th, 2003, 03:59 PM
4-0 Serena....keep it going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:00 PM
This 2nd set is gettin' ugly.

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:03 PM
no the first set was ugly.

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:03 PM
Jen got one break back.

treufreund
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:03 PM
Jen breaks again. Serena's volleys are not very good. Only when she has an easy put away (despite missing that overhead)

Jakub
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:05 PM
Jenny breaks but still 1:4 down
and 15:15 on serve.

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:08 PM
6/4 2/4 Jen

King Aaron
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:08 PM
Come on Serena!!!
Get the errors down!!!

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:15 PM
Tight game.... Ad Serena again

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:16 PM
5/2 Serena

Mrs. Peel
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:16 PM
Serena is soooooooo working my nerves right now! :mad: I'm a nervous wreck! ;)

King Aaron
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:17 PM
Serena 5-2 now :)

Jakub
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:19 PM
Go Jenny :D

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:20 PM
6:4 3:5 Serena to serve.

King Aaron
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:21 PM
5-3, 30-0
Come on Serena :)

King Aaron
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:22 PM
40-30
One setpoint. Come on Serena!

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:24 PM
Serena serving 5/3
40/15Double set pt Serena
40/30
Deuce...Cappy erases 2 set points
Ad Jennifer .... break point
She got the break back....
On serve

treufreund
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:24 PM
CAPRIATI breaks BACK! Now hold!

King Aaron
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:25 PM
:eek: Jen broke back!!!

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:25 PM
Break her rena and you can serve first in the third!

GoDominique
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:26 PM
Loss of picture. :rolleyes: :mad: Nice sun. :rolleyes:

Jakub
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:26 PM
:bounce: fight JENNY !!

hold now hold !!

hollywood7172
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:27 PM
jen breaks. 2nd set 5-4 on serve, jennifer

Mrs. Peel
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:28 PM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a point!

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:28 PM
Serena has 2 brk pts now on Jen's serve.

King Aaron
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:29 PM
Serena breaks to take second set! :D

veryborednow
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:29 PM
Loss of picture. :rolleyes: :mad: Nice sun. :rolleyes:

But isn't it a pretty sun :)

Becool
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:29 PM
GOOOOO CARROT :D :bounce: :worship: :bounce:

4-6 6-4! take the third! :D

propi
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:29 PM
Amazing Jenny

propi
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:30 PM
I'm late as usual

Jakub
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:31 PM
fight Jennifer , win this in 3 !!:)

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:31 PM
http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/Stats/StatMatch4953Set2.html


Match Statistics
Player
1
2
3


SerenaWilliams
4
6



JenniferCapriati
6
4



Elapsed Time By Set
37
50
0





Set Summary

Williams
Capriati
1st Serve %
62%
66%
Aces
1
0
Double Faults
2
3
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts.
16 of 24 = 67%
13 of 25 = 52%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts.
5 of 15 = 33%
5 of 13 = 38%
Winners (Including Service)
11
3
Unforced Errors
21
11
Break Point Conversions
3 of 11 = 27 %
2 of 3 = 67 %
Net Approaches
5 of 8 = 63 %
3 of 5 = 60 %
Total Points Won
41
36

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raquel
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:31 PM
Eurosport gone to figure skating now! :mad:

GoDominique
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:32 PM
But isn't it a pretty sun :)
Yes.

Big PFFFFFFFFFF at Eurosport. :fiery:

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:32 PM
Imagine that.... a 3rd set... I'm appalled (not).

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:33 PM
Even pam said serena is playing below par. GET IT TOGETHER SERENA!

Dava
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:34 PM
Come On Jen

And Come On Freakin Eurosport!!!!!!!

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:34 PM
Maybe it's Jen that's causing her to play not up to par.

treufreund
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:35 PM
Capriati-Williams never fails to produce DRAMA!!!!!!

Becool
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:35 PM
GOOO Carrot! :D :D


:wavey:

Dava
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:36 PM
They are taking there time!

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:37 PM
Heat and Humidity Rule in Effect

Ten Minute Break

treufreund
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:37 PM
10 minute heat rule in effect

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:38 PM
Back on the Court

hollywood7172
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:38 PM
i love it--serena hasn't even lost yet and her fans are already making excuses for her.

GO JENNIFER!!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Dava
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:38 PM
Okay I guess this buys us with no TV coverage some time.

Come on Jen.

propi
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:40 PM
JEJEJEJE
SOme of Eurosport viewers are going to kill themselves after the Ice Skating affair

hollywood7172
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:40 PM
break her jen! win the first game of the 3rd set!

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:41 PM
15-40
30-40
Come On Jennifer break her

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:42 PM
Deuce fight Jen
break her now

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:42 PM
Adv Serena

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:42 PM
1-0 Serena

Jakub
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:43 PM
break her Jenny :D

King Aaron
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:43 PM
:D Now break Serena

SJW
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:43 PM
WTF??! why is Eurosport on skating now?!

mn73
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:43 PM
Can someone say if EuroSport comes back on so I don't have to keep racing between my computer and my TV!!!

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:44 PM
There are problems with the camera

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:44 PM
0-15
0-30

Dennisnijmegen
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:44 PM
Eurosport will be back in about 10 minutes!!!!

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:45 PM
0-40
O now :sad: :fiery: :fiery:

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:45 PM
3 break pts for Serena

SJW
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:45 PM
GOOOO SERENA!

im sorry but all my love for Jen goes out the window til the end of the match :)

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:45 PM
2-0 Serena
Fight Jenny

mn73
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:46 PM
I just don't understand how two players can battle to three sets so often and yet one player keeps on winning all the time!?! Weird!?!

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:46 PM
Serena up a break.

Dava
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:46 PM
Looks Like serena is going to arap this match up now. I am so mad at Eurosport, I say we all send a email of complaint to them.

Becool
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:46 PM
2-0 :D At love!!!!!!!

GO CARROT!!!! :bounce:

King Aaron
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:46 PM
Serena breaks!! :D 2-0 now.

GoDominique
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:46 PM
Jen should have started serving in the 3rd. :( Why didn't she lose the 2nd 1-6 ? :rolleyes:

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:47 PM
15-15
15-30

mn73
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:47 PM
She'd still be 0-2 down because she lost her first service game, so it wouldn't have mattered who served first.

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:48 PM
30-30

SJW
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:48 PM
mark i know what you mean!

i turned the volume right up so i can here it in the next room if it comes on!!!!

who wants to watch the football anyways?! this is wayyyyy more important!

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:49 PM
30-40 Serena but the ball of the server is fault? :eek:

Mrs. Peel
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:49 PM
Keep it going Serena!! I don't see anyone making excuses for Serena or having the need to! :fiery: Without all of her errors this match would have been over a long time ago!!!!


GOOOOOO SERENA!!!! SHE HOLDS AT 3-0 !!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:49 PM
3-0 Serena :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

GoDominique
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:50 PM
She'd still be 0-2 down because she lost her first service game, so it wouldn't have mattered who served first.
Who knows, maybe she would have held serve if she hadn't wasted 2 BP's right before.

Dava
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:50 PM
I think Jen should have let that last set slip, and not fought as hard, she really is paying for it now. Come on Jen you gotta hold your serve here.

veryborednow
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:50 PM
Jen should have started serving in the 3rd. :( Why didn't she lose the 2nd 1-6 ? :rolleyes:
That's not how Jen works. She always fights.

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:50 PM
C'mon Jenny, muster up some of that birthday magic!!

mn73
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:50 PM
That's unfair - Capriati has played some fantastic tennis in this match and fully deserved the first set.

SJW
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:50 PM
btw its not eurosports fault

the American company's cables have prolly fried.

will we see the bit we missed later?? :(

gorecki
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:51 PM
Come on Jenn!

Mrs. Peel
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:51 PM
Why did she lose her temper over that point? It was behind her...could she really see it clearly?

Jakub
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:52 PM
fight JENNY !!!! :fiery:

King Aaron
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:53 PM
3-0
duece
Come on and break again!

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:53 PM
3-1 Serena

SJW
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:54 PM
Gooooo Serena Gooooooooo!!!!

Mrs. Peel
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:54 PM
Your shot selection Serena :rolleyes:

Becool
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:55 PM
DONT LOSE YOUR HEAD CARROT!!!!!!! :fiery:

HOLD EASILY YOUR SERVE! C'MON!

:bounce:

jenny161185
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:55 PM
hows she doing now? Im so nervous 3-0 doesn't sound good but jenn never gives up and I have faith she can still pull this one out, come on girl :sad:

SJW
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:56 PM
Mrs Peel

from what i saw

i know :rolleyes:

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:57 PM
4-1 Serena

gorecki
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:58 PM
Fight back Jennifer!!! :(

SJW
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:59 PM
FUCK CMON!

whats happened to Eurosport?!

Jakub
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:00 PM
go Jenniger , hold now - 15:15

15:30 :mad:

mn73
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:00 PM
I don't care if Serena wins, because she is a pure class World #1 act, but I WANT TO SEE THE FUCKING MATCH because they always have great matches, and I haven't seen ANYTHING since 3-4 second set... :(

SJW
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:01 PM
Mark its piss annoyin isnt it :(

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:01 PM
5/1

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:02 PM
5-1 Serena
Fight Jen, give everything you have

GoDominique
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:02 PM
Eurosport Int. is back since 3-0. :confused:

gorecki
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:02 PM
:(

greenbakedbeans
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:03 PM
come on jen, fight.......

SJW
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:03 PM
Gooooooo Serena!

kournikovafan13
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:03 PM
2 match points :(

mn73
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:04 PM
Well know I am FURIOUS because that is EuroSport's fucking decision not to show the rest of the match. WHAT IS THEIR E-MAIL ADDRESS?

Dawn Marie
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:04 PM
YES!! GO SERENA CONTINUE TO WAX THAT ASS!!

Who would have thunk it? jen's worse opponent is herself! lmao


Better Luck next time Jen and u go SERENA!!

GoDominique
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:05 PM
Over. Jen looked tired in the end.

Gunter
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:05 PM
6-4 4-6 6-1
Congrats Serena
Good fight Jen

selesfan
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:05 PM
LMAO! CAPPY served BETTER in first than Sery did.

I bet you are not laughing your ass off now. ;) Congrats Serena! :bounce: :bounce: What an amazing win. :kiss:

SJW
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:05 PM
Mark im not sure if its their fault but i know wat you mean :(

will they show it again later?

Gooooo Serena!!

propi
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:05 PM
I guess Serena has won....once more

mn73
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:05 PM
Serena 4-6 6-4 6-1

Well done, Miss Williams, as unstoppable as ever.

Love that Jen-Serena rivalry though, even if my girl comes off the loser each time.

Hope the crowd sing Happy Birthday during the trophy presentation. :)

caramel
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:06 PM
Serena won! :bounce: Too bad that Jenn didn´t get her birthday present from Serena. :sad:

selesfan
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:18 PM
Serena 4-6 6-4 6-1

Well done, Miss Williams, as unstoppable as ever.

Love that Jen-Serena rivalry though, even if my girl comes off the loser each time.

Hope the crowd sing Happy Birthday during the trophy presentation. :)

We will never know, CBS cut off the coverage, no trophy presentation. :mad:

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:32 PM
http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/Stats/StatMatch4953Set3.html


Match Statistics
Player
1
2
3


SerenaWilliams
4
6
6


JenniferCapriati
6
4
1


Elapsed Time By Set
37
50
37





Set Summary

Williams
Capriati
1st Serve %
64%
83%
Aces
2
0
Double Faults
0
1
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts.
13 of 16 = 81%
7 of 15 = 47%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts.
4 of 9 = 44%
0 of 3 = 0%
Winners (Including Service)
8
1
Unforced Errors
7
7
Break Point Conversions
2 of 3 = 67 %
0 of 2 = 0 %
Net Approaches
3 of 3 = 100 %
2 of 4 = 50 %
Total Points Won
28
15


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treufreund
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:34 PM
I bet you are not laughing your ass off now. ;) Congrats Serena! :bounce: :bounce: What an amazing win. :kiss:


Actually I am LMAO because you are still upset over crap that happened years ago. Guess you are still the same old stalker! If you will notice I thought it was funny that Cappy served better which means that NORMALLY Serena serves better. Congrats to Serena on a tough win. Now go work on that stamina Cappy. :D

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:40 PM
http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/Stats/Match4953.html


Match Statistics
Player
1
2
3


SerenaWilliams
4
6
6


JenniferCapriati
6
4
1


Elapsed Time By Set
37
50
37





Match Summary

Williams
Capriati
1st Serve %
61%
69%
Aces
5
2
Double Faults
3
5
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts.
43 of 59 = 73%
34 of 60 = 57%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts.
13 of 37 = 35%
11 of 27 = 41%
Winners (Including Service)
33
13
Unforced Errors
42
21
Break Point Conversions
6 of 15 = 40 %
4 of 8 = 50 %
Net Approaches
12 of 19 = 63 %
8 of 13 = 62 %
Total Points Won
98
85
Fastest Match Serve Speed
117 MPH
107 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed
103 MPH
94 MPH


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Roxers
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:41 PM
Congrats SERENA! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Great win :D

selesfan
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:43 PM
Actually I am LMAO because you are still upset over crap that happened years ago. Guess you are still the same old stalker! If you will notice I thought it was funny that Cappy served better which means that NORMALLY Serena serves better. Congrats to Serena on a tough win. Now go work on that stamina Cappy. :D

I find it amusing because I know you are not really a Jen fan. I remember how nuts you went when Justine twisted her ankle and Jen won a match and how adament you were that Amelie kick her ass. You didn't become a fan of Jen until she started beating Serena. Everyone else here might be fooled by you but I am not. A stalker lol, I usually stay away from your threads because I think you are a mean person who hides behind a veneer of phony niceness when it suits him. Anyway I broke my silence against you today and now I will go back to ignoring you.

treufreund
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:55 PM
I find it amusing because I know you are not really a Jen fan. I remember how nuts you went when Justine twisted her ankle and Jen won a match and how adament you were that Amelie kick her ass. You didn't become a fan of Jen until she started beating Serena. Everyone else here might be fooled by you but I am not. A stalker lol, I usually stay away from your threads because I think you are a mean person who hides behind a veneer of phony niceness when it suits him. Anyway I broke my silence against you today and now I will go back to ignoring you.

Actually you are wrong I have ALWAYS been a Jenn fan but I like Justine and Amelie a thousand times more and of course I was pissed when Justine twisted her ankle. There is no phony niceness at all. The REAL PROBLEM you have with me is that I VEHEMENTLY root against the Williams. I don't care for them and I let you know that. What the hell is phony about that? You are being phony actually because you are pretending about what your real reason is for disliking me. You don't like me simply because I don't like the Williams and because I am critical of the USA. I have many favorites but like some more than others and even between the two Williams sisters I find Serena much more pleasant and am happy that she continues to beat Venus. :)

treufreund
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:56 PM
Btw, I have had the same sig for months now, selesfan and if you will notice JUSTINE and AMELIE have always been written is CAPS whereas JCAP is not in CAPS. :rolleyes:

1jackson2001
Mar 29th, 2003, 08:20 PM
Congrats Serena. :)

Too bad for Jen :(

SJW
Mar 29th, 2003, 08:40 PM
treufreund

yes i am glad that she continues to beat Venus too ;):)

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 29th, 2003, 10:27 PM
I just don't understand how two players can battle to three sets so often and yet one player keeps on winning all the time!?! Weird!?!


Heh thats what the serena fans thought when jen had the four win streak going for her.

Brian Stewart
Mar 29th, 2003, 11:45 PM
Congrats to Serena on a hard-fought win. Unlike last year's winning streak, this year's has been much tougher, with Serena being taken the distance 4 times already in her 17 wins. She knows how tough it will be to keep the streak going. So far, she's been up to every challenge.

VS Fan
Mar 30th, 2003, 01:03 AM
To Truefriend.


It puzzles me that you find it permissible to root AGAINST certain players. In your own words, you root AGAINST Venus and Serena Williams regardless of who they play. This infers that it is something other than their tennis or personalities that bug you.

It is ok to root for your favorite players to win against anyone, but to root against certain players even when they are not playing your favorite is just some kind of problem. (in my opinion)

I think the Serena/Jennifer matches are some of the most entertaining in tennis. It is ALWAYS a BATTLE. How Serena has managed to win SEVEN times in these close matches is beyond me. Many of these matches could have gone the other way.

This seems to happen a lot. During the French Open 2002 on another board many were rooting for ANY player to beat Jennifer, so Serena would not have to face her in the Semifinal. However Serena did face Jennifer, and won in one of their classic battles. Jen was up a set and a break in the second but could not close it out. This was also a great match. I wish Jennifer had played Venus in this tourney, but Megann had other plans. I want to see another Venus/Jennifer match. It has been over a year since they met. (US Open 2001).

It amazes me that Venus normally handles Jennifer routinely (Except Ericsson 2001), while Serena always has to fight very hard to win against Jennifer. At the same time Serena has been waxing Venus for a year now.

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 30th, 2003, 08:39 AM
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Posted on Sun, Mar. 30, 2003

Serena's top spin has tour dizzied

She is Tiger Woods. Serena Williams is that kind of champion now, the kind who can overcome sickness, fatigue, pain, boredom, sloppiness, weather and whoever has the misfortune of being on the other side of the net, though the last element is less relevant than it ever has been. The only thing that can slow her now is that she becomes weary of holding trophies over her head, bored with excellence. She has turned the tour into a story that always has the same ending, the championship reduced to redundancy. Jennifer Capriati, Kim Clijsters and even Williams' sister, Venus, are doing nothing more than playing for second place. And here's what happens as Williams stacks all these successes atop one another, winning every meaningful match this sport has had on the female side for more than a year: Her aura grows so huge that it gets to the court before she does and becomes as big a weapon as her serve.

She knows she is going to win, and her opponent does, too, and there is no underestimating the value of that when things get uncomfortable late, belief undefeated against doubt. Earlier in this tournament, Capriati created a stir by warming up to Outkast's majestic Bombs Over Baghdad, the opening lyric of which is ''Thunder pounds when I stomp the ground like a million elephants with silverback orangutans.'' You got the impression Saturday, as Williams thundered back on Capriati, that Capriati was looking over her shoulder throughout that third set, not only waiting but expecting to be trampled by those elephants and orangutans. What was Williams thinking after she lost that first set? That it would take her three sets to take that trophy away from Capriati instead of two? Compare that with Capriati's state of mind, which she described thusly: ``When you are playing the point, there's high anxiety.'' You can't hit a tennis ball where you want if your hand or mind is trembling.

Williams' strength, it isn't just something you'll find in her legs. The match was over before the scoreboard confirmed it. Capriati, out of shape, withered in the heat (South Florida's and Williams'). Part of the reason for Capriati's fatigue, aside from a lifestyle that had the tabloids reporting her dancing on bars topless while waving cigarettes and hanging out with her ''Friend'' Matthew Perry? She was haunted by Williams the night before, Serena creeping into Capriati's sleep. ''Racy mind,'' Capriati said. She meant ''racing,'' but Williams can leave your mind scrambled that way. Williams is lured to this like sharks to chum. ''She was getting a little tired in the third,'' she said of Capriati. Then, through a laugh: ``And I was just starting.'' It's hard to criticize Capriati too much for not being in the kind of shape that won her the Australian Open when her career resurrection is rivaled only by John Travolta's. (Can we get him to go away, by the way?)

She celebrated her 27th birthday Saturday, meaning she has been famous for half her life, and we can use the word ''celebrated'' even in defeat because there was a time there when she was on the kind of self-destructive path that made you wonder if she'd ever get near 27. Still, she didn't give herself or the fans the third set they deserved because she is softer than she should be, and it is hard enough to beat Williams even if your body and mind are in perfect condition. It doesn't make for good punctuation, Capriati dissolving as soon as Williams won the second set. Capriati was defeated already even though the match was tied. Not that Williams has been singularly focused lately. She described through giggles a workout regimen that had too much Snickers and not enough weight work. She admitted, to her trainer's dismay, she hadn't been to the gym for a month. And doesn't that have to be the most discouraging thing for anyone trying to climb toward her throne?

Williams was sick earlier in this tournament and still won. She played about as poorly as she can Saturday, against one of the world's best, and still won. She went a month without working out or even practicing much and still won. If nobody can beat her at her worst, what are they going to do with her best? Williams sounded a little bit embarrassed about that afterward, saying, ``I can't keep doing it like that because there are people out there working harder.'' So she'll return to the practice courts this week and add to her aura, which is all she needs on some days. But now she has this victory, which is something to put in her arsenal as well as her trophy case. Because the next time she is in a real third set, a tight one, she'll know that she can win, no matter how sick she is or how poorly she is playing or how little preparation she has done.

Her mind is stronger today than it was before this victory, which means her game is, too, and that should make the minds of opponents all over this tour start racing the way Capriati's was when Serena crept into her sleep.

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sperosgeorgejr
Mar 30th, 2003, 08:45 AM
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Posted on Sun, Mar. 30, 2003

They waited nearly three hours in the stifling heat Saturday afternoon...

BY MICHELLE KAUFMAN
mkaufman@herald.com

They waited nearly three hours in the stifling heat Saturday afternoon, hanging over parking-lot barriers, waving pens and Serena Williams Barbie dolls, posters and magazine covers. Sixty people. Fifty-seven of them black. Not your typical tennis crowd. Andre Agassi was playing on Stadium Court, beating Albert Costa 6-2, 6-4 for a berth in today's 11 a.m. men's final against Carlos Moya. But those fans in the Crandon Park parking lot didn't care. They were waiting for one of the most powerful, recognizable female athletes in the world to emerge from the stadium tunnel after collecting her second straight NASDAQ-100 Open title, another crystal bowl and a $393,000 check -- rewards for spoiling Jennifer Capriati's 27th birthday with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory. It was Williams' 17th straight win this season and her seventh straight over Capriati. She is 61-4 -- including titles at the French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open -- since winning this title a year ago.

Her career earnings closed in on $11 million, and that's not counting the millions she gets from endorsements. A white Cadillac Escalade pulled up. A beefy bodyguard brought out Williams' bags and placed them in the car. A young woman climbed into the passenger seat. And then, Williams strolled out, decked in jeans, rhinestone-studded flip-flops and a black tank top that said ''Bonita'' across the front. Her fans -- most of them women -- shrieked. Williams made her way over and signed about 30 autographs. Then she climbed into the driver's seat, shut the door and sped off onto Crandon Boulevard on Key Biscayne. Those few minutes offered a glimpse of Williams' impact. It was also obvious during the two-hour slugfest with Capriati, which was witnessed by a more racially diverse crowd than one usually sees at major tennis events. Her fans groaned with every one of her errors, and there were a lot of them. Forty-two, to be exact. Twenty-one of them in the second set alone.

They roared after many of her 33 winning shots. They jeered when Capriati questioned a few line calls. And as it became obvious that Capriati had wilted in the third set, the Williams fans in the evenly divided crowd could hardly contain their giddiness. Williams is beginning to understand what she and her sister, Venus, mean to the black community. They recently received the NAACP Image Award, which Serena said was an eye-opener. ''I might move my Wimbledon trophy aside and put that one where it is because it means so much to me,'' the 21-year-old Palm Beach Gardens resident said this week. ``I've gotten a lot of things in the past year, but I think that one's definitely the apex. We're so young. We've had a major impact. I don't even realize all the stuff we do. 'A lot of little girls are playing tennis, a lot of people are watching tennis, a lot of people are inspired, not only on the tennis court, but just inspired never to give up.

When Denzel Washington came up to me and said, `This is what I've been waiting for the whole night, that's the only reason I'm here. I watch you every match. I can tell you what outfit you wore every match,' I was really, really shocked.'' One person who is not a member of the Williams fan club is Capriati. She has finished runner-up to a Williams at Key Biscayne three years in a row -- once to Venus, twice to Serena. Capriati, one of the few women on tour with the power to keep up with the Williams sisters, was pumped for Saturday's final. It was her birthday. She had played well all week. She was unusually relaxed. And for one set, Capriati dominated. She had only three unforced errors, served well, returned well and appeared to be on her way to an upset. But the 85-degree heat, Williams' groundstrokes and seeds of doubt began to unravel Capriati. ''I came out playing great,'' Capriati said. ``For some reason, instead of keeping up that kind of level, I just back away.

I don't know if it's a matter of me not believing that I can do it consistently for whatever it takes.'' Capriati also admitted she wasn't in tip-top shape. She took several weeks off for eye surgery in November and said she is just now getting close to peak form. ''It was pretty hot out there,'' Capriati said. ``It's tough chasing down her balls. Tennis-wise, I definitely can hang with her and match her shot for shot, but it's a matter of still getting in a little better shape and peaking.'' Williams said she noticed Capriati getting fatigued. ''I saw she was getting tired [in the third set], and I was just starting,'' Williams said. About the only thing Williams did wrong Saturday was commit what could be construed as a faux pas at the post-match news conference. Williams, who loves Paris and speaks French, was asked her views of the anti-French sentiment in the United States. She broke into a French accent. ''We don't want to play in the war, we want to make clothes,'' she said, smiling.

``But I don't want a war, either. I don't know many people who do want to be involved in war.'' A few journalists were offended by her joking tone. But Williams isn't afraid to tackle anything in her path, on or off the court.

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King Aaron
Mar 30th, 2003, 02:34 PM
Congrats Serena! :D

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Mar 30th, 2003, 06:56 PM
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March 30, 2003


WOMEN'S SINGLES FINAL

1. Serena Williams d. 6. Jennifer Capriati 4-6, 6-4, 6-1


HIGHLIGHT
It was bad, but it was good. Forty-two unforced errors by Serena Williams, but she slowed things down in the final set and dashed Jennifer Capriati for the seventh time in a row, depriving Capriati of a particularly happy 27th birthday. Williams won her second consecutive Key Biscayne title and her ninth championship in her past 11 events.


LOWLIGHT
The new kinder, gentler Capriati wasn't on her best behavior. She became incensed at the baseline caller and chair umpire Lynn Welch over a non-call on the baseline early in the second set, then squatted at the net and glowered at Welch on a Williams passing shot in the third set that she thought was out. TV replays showed Capriati was right on the first one, wrong on the second.

IN QUOTES

"Jennifer, get mad!"

- Unknown spectator in the upper deck in the as the match began slipping away.


- Charles Bricker

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sperosgeorgejr
Mar 30th, 2003, 07:01 PM
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Serena rallies after dropping set to Capriati

By Charles Bricker
Staff Writer

March 30, 2003

KEY BISCAYNE -- As the unforced errors mounted up with astonishing frequency for Serena Williams in Saturday's reprise of the 2002 Nasdaq-100 Open final, a sense of deja vu must have come over anyone who watched last year's match. "Oh my God," Williams exclaimed when she was informed she had slopped 42 balls beyond the lines or into the net in this 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Jennifer Capriati. In fact, 42 didn't sound nearly as bad as the 59 she committed a year earlier, when she beat Capriati in straight sets. This time, however, she nearly did not get away it because Capriati played as well as she ever has against Williams -- serving consistently, particularly with her deliveries up the T in the ad court, and striking the ball cleanly and deep enough to make an ever greater shambles of Williams' sloppy footwork. Williams blundered around the court at a pace that would have cost anyone else the title.

But this was the No. 1 player in the world, and her game is still a cut above everyone else -- even on a day when she personally handed over 50 percent of Capriati's points. That Williams won the 22nd title of her seven-year career and her second in a row at Key Biscayne was cause for celebration, and she wasn't bashful about rejoicing on court. But there were more sober moments later as she contemplated the warning shot Capriati had fired over her bow. "I wasn't on my game today," she admitted. "I'm going home, and I'm not going to take time off. I'm going to practice because I don't think I've been doing enough practicing. That's why my form is off. I'm hitting the ball a little off. "Going into South Carolina [Charleston on clay, April 7-13], I really want to do well there. So I'm actually going to practice for once -- actually practice."

It is a tribute to the magnificence of Williams' athletic ability and talent that she could waltz through this draw with the loss of only one set and win her third title of the year. But the closeness of this victory seems to have shaken her of any over-confidence. "I can't keep doing it like this. There are people out there working hard and coming closer. It's not like I didn't want to work. It's just that I think there are some things I can do to work harder that might make my day a little easier." No one could expect Capriati to play any better than she did in the opening set, considering the quality of her opponent. "I was moving the ball around, not making many errors, going for my shots," Capriati said. "That was a great first set for me. And for some reason, I guess instead of keeping up that level, I just back away instead of moving up. I don't know if it's a matter of me not believing I can do it consistently for whatever it takes, two sets I a row.

Then she got into a good rhythm and started playing better." Williams had only two serious threats at this tournament, Kim Clijsters in the semis and Capriati. Only sporadically did she flash her great ground stroking against Clijsters. Against Capriati, her super-aggressive game was so out of control that she finally, and wisely, changed tactics in the second and third set. As she sprang off to a 2-0 lead in the second, she reined in her go-for-broke service returns and began playing safer shots back to get into the rallies. By the third set, she had taken pace off most of her balls during the rallies and was content to grind with Capriati, picking her spots to muscle up and fire. Even so, she seemed vulnerable. She saw a 4-1 lead become 5-4 with Capriati serving to draw even. At 15-all, however, she watched Capriati commit three errors in a row to lose the set. Williams had 14 unforced errors in the first set, 21 in the second and, after playing a lot safer, only seven in the third.

"Mentally, I was there today," she said. "That really does have a lot to do with the match. I think physically and playing-wise, I don't think I played that well. There were a lot of things I should have done. Forty-two errors ... how good is that. You tell me." She said she hasn't been to the gym in four weeks and has been snacking on Snickers bars. But that hardly seemed the problem Saturday. Her feet were slow. She wasn't getting a full shoulder turn on her backhand ground strokes. She seemed to lack confidence to come to the net. In that final game of the second set, Williams got a short ball -- a perfect approach shot. She hit it back and retreated, backpedaling toward the baseline. But at the end of the day she was 17-0 and six titles behind big sister Venus, who went out here in the round of 16.

If she wants to make that 18, 19 or even 45 in a row, matching Steffi Graf's undefeated start in 1987, she needs to get some rhythm back into her game, or there's going to be a lot more "Oh my Gods" before the next Grand Slam.

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Mar 30th, 2003, 07:18 PM
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HYDE: Serena's dominance breaks all the rules

Dave Hyde

March 30, 2003

KEY BISCAYNE -- You know what it takes to be a tennis champion, don't you? It takes the singular focus of a Trappist monk. "I've been hanging out, relaxing, not working," Serena Williams said. It takes more gym time than a dumbbell. "I haven't been in the gym in about four weeks -- I think my trainer's upset about that," she said. It takes mapping out your lifestyle down to each bite of food. "I've been eating some -- well, I had a Snickers the other day," she said. "I don't know how I stay fit." It takes ripping into each opponent like a Christmas gift. "I was just being lazy and not working hard enough," she said after Saturday's match. It takes playing perfectly against the best opponents. "How many unforced errors did I have?" she asked after beating Jennifer Capriati 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Forty-two, she was told. "Oh, my god," she said. So who's anyone kidding? Williams broke every golden rule at the Nasdaq-100 Open en route to breaking down every opponent. She hasn't lost in 17 matches now.

She owns every major title. She has won 35 of 36 matches and won nine of her past 11 tournaments. But this latest title may best show how dominant the Age of Serena appears. Never has she looked more beatable than at the end of this tournament. After a straight-set, semifinal win against Kim Clijsters, Williams said, "My serve wasn't there and my returns were miserable." In Saturday's final, Williams looked even worse at the start against Capriati, a top opponent playing at the top of her game. Capriati had just three unforced errors in taking the first set. Three! You can get that many just walking on the court. So what was Williams thinking after losing the first set? "Three sets," she said. Meaning, of course, that's how long it would take for her to win. And as much as her ground-crunching first serve this might be the difference between Williams and everyone else. She has won so much she expects to every time out. Opponents know it, too.

Capriati talked of feeling "anxious" and having "high anxiety" over every point in Saturday's final. Williams, asked if she had the same feeling, put a bemused look on her face before answering, "Hmm. I mean, I don't know if I felt anxious. Well, maybe a little bit. She was getting a lot of balls back." "If you're off a by a little bit, it's who takes control of the point first -- I mean, she played tough," Capriati said. Williams always plays tough. She always plays smart. But the most amazing part of this title is she won by being so nonchalant in her preparation. Not practicing. Not training. Not eating properly. "I slacked off this week," she said. She still won decisively. This is why tennis people are asking whether she can go undefeated over a season. In answering whether it was possible, Williams put these sentences back-to-back-to-back-to-back: "It's going to be really hard. It's impossible to win them all. If you could, I would love to.

That's going to be what I'm going to try to do, but I don't know if it's possible." Well, there you have it. If she does it, maybe the Nasdaq becomes a turning point. You see, Williams sounded motivated by how poorly she played in winning. She's going home, but she's not taking time off. "I'm going to actually practice for once -- actually practice," she said. Watch out. She might hit the gym, too.

Dave Hyde can be reached at dhyde@sun-sentinel.com

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Mar 30th, 2003, 07:31 PM
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17-0: Serena the perfect sister

By Karen Crouse, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 30, 2003

KEY BISCAYNE -- It's a commercial waiting to be shot. Imagine hearing this voice, off camera: "Serena Williams, you've just run your match record for the year to 17-0 and won your second consecutive Nasdaq-100 Open title. What are you going to do next?" Williams, flashing the smile that launches a thousand camera motor drives, replies: "I'm going to the gym!" It's not a pretty promotion for the WTA, but it perfectly sums up the power imbalance in the women's game. Williams, who has, by her own admission, slacked off her conditioning regimen the past few weeks, nonetheless was able to muscle past Jennifer Capriati 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the championship Saturday at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. It was the seventh straight defeat Capriati, a former No. 1, has suffered against Williams and arguably the most discouraging inasmuch as Capriati was playing at a pristine level while the current No. 1 player was a few wind sprints and a few hundred crunches short of top form.

Williams committed 42 unforced errors, much too many to ascribe to her aggressive, attacking style. "Oh, my God," Williams, 21, exclaimed when the number was recited to her. Capriati, allowed Williams, "was getting a lot of balls back." In the first set, especially, Capriati played as if she were 14 again and had nothing to lose. Capriati, the No. 6 seed, committed three unforced errors and broke Williams twice to take the first set. "I came out playing great, just moving the ball around, not making many errors, going for my shots," Capriati said. "And I returned well, served well. That was a great first set for me. For some reason, instead of keeping up that kind of level or that kind of game, I just backed away. "Then she got back into a good rhythm and she started playing a lot better. It was a tough match." Williams, a Palm Beach Gardens resident, produced 33 winners to counter her 42 mistakes. Still. A minus-9 rating would get her a cold seat on a long bench if she were a hockey player.

But because she is far and away the best tennis player in the women's game, the effort snagged Williams her 22nd career singles title, including her third in three events this year. In stringing together the 16 straight victories she put on the line against Capriati, Williams had defeated the Nos. 2, 3, and 7 players (sister Venus, Kim Clijsters twice and Amelie Mauresmo, respectively). Williams, who didn't drop a set in her first five matches here, has been winning so handily, a little bit of complacency crept into her game. When Capriati came out hitting clean, crisp ground strokes and running down balls all over the court, Williams was caught a little flat-footed. "I think I was just being lazy and expecting the win to come without moving my feet," Williams said. "I was just being lazy and not working hard enough." The crowd was rowdy -- and at times, ill-mannered. One or a few fans screamed "hit it" at Williams as she was taking her racket back.

Others whistled every time Williams hit a ground stroke that landed on the baseline, as if to say "It's out!" No doubt Williams is turning new fans onto tennis. On Saturday, they turned the Stadium court into the 16th hole at the Phoenix Open. In the fifth game of the third set, Williams hit a laser-like backhand for a winner to go up 30-15 and somebody in the stands screamed, "Get mad, Jennifer!" Capriati would later say she thought it was funny. Williams used the comment as fuel. "If anything, (stuff like that) motivates me," Williams said. Apparently. Williams won 10 of the next 14 points to close out the match. Then she vowed no more hanging out, as she put it. No more relaxing. "I don't think I've been doing enough practicing," Williams said. "I haven't been in the gym in about four weeks. Like I said, I've been slacking off a little this week, but I'll be back. I can't keep doing it like that. There's people out there who are working hard and coming closer."

Capriati, who turned 27 Saturday, considers herself one of them. "I think I'm definitely on the way up," she said. "Hopefully I'll just get better and better." Capriati and Co. will have to, especially if Williams keeps her promise to hit the gym.

karen_crouse@pbpost.com

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Mar 30th, 2003, 07:44 PM
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Williams' load too much to bear

By Karen Crouse, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 30, 2003

KEY BISCAYNE -- Serena Williams hoisted the crystal bowl above her shoulders and struck a pose for the cameras in front of the fountain at the entrance to the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. Like the policeman working traffic detail a few feet away on Crandon Boulevard, Williams can stop traffic. Fans converging on the main exit Saturday afternoon stopped in their tracks upon seeing the regal woman dressed simply in a nondescript black tank top and faded blue jeans and sequined flip-flops. People retrieved disposable cameras from their pockets and backpacks and joined the horde of professional photographers snapping Williams' picture, jockeying for position and joining in the chorus of "Over here, Serena." After five minutes of smiles all around, Williams put the crystal bowl down. "I can't hold it anymore," she said apologetically. Hey, it's tough asking a 21-year-old to hold the tennis world up on her shoulders like some Ms. Atlas.

Ninety minutes earlier, Williams had dispatched Jennifer Capriati 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 under a scorching sun to win her third tournament of the year and her second straight Nasdaq-100 Open. In the process, Williams made a statement as bold as her orange hot pants outfit. She underscored the fact she can beat the best players in the world even when her form is off. Williams' backhand wasn't the poison dart it usually is and her serve was vulnerable. Capriati played near-flawless tennis to take the first set. After that it became a mind game. Advantage, Williams. Asked what she was thinking after the first set, Williams replied, "Three sets." On the other side of the net, Capriati was wondering if she could produce another sublime set. Her self-doubt showed. Williams would commit a ghastly 42 unforced errors in the match but only seven in the third set. In two hours and three minutes, it was all over but the second-guessing. "Tennis-wise, I definitely can hang with her and match her shot for shot," Capriati said.

"It's hard to explain. When you're playing the points, there's just high anxiety and... you know, she played tough. I can look back now and say what I would have done differently. But when you're actually in the match, it's a tough scenario to try and plan out." For Williams, the toughest times are between matches. Charting a course to No. 1 is one thing. The challenge, as Williams is finding, is there's no compass to help you plot your path once you achieve success and acquire the celebrity that goes with it. "It's like I don't really have time off because I'm doing different photo shoots, I'm doing different commercials," Williams said. "I'm doing just so much. It's just -- it's definitely a lot to handle." Williams acknowledged her training has suffered. She said she hasn't been in a gym in nearly four weeks. She wasn't at her sharpest Saturday physically or mentally. The Palm Beach Gardens resident's ugliest unforced error of the day came not on the court but during her post-match interview.

I asked Williams, an unabashed Francophile, if it disturbed her to see anti-French sentiment in the U.S. thickening like cheese fondue. Williams, affecting a French accent, replied, "Well, we don't want to play in the war. We want to make clothes." Williams' playful response landed with the same awful thud as Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal's Chinese gibberish did. A WTA representative hustled Williams off the podium. It was too late. A French reporter complained to a WTA spokesman, saying he was incensed and insulted by Williams' remark. It was a slip. Nothing more should be read into it. Still. Her breach of propriety speaks to someone being spread thinner than her U.S. Open catsuit. An hour before the start of the women's final, the WTA introduced Larry Scott as the tour's new chairman and CEO. Good timing, that. Scott's first move should be to absolve Williams of the responsibility of carrying the tour pretty much by herself. The load, as she showed Saturday, is getting to be too much.

karen_crouse@pbpost.com

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sperosgeorgejr
Mar 30th, 2003, 07:54 PM
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Serena Williams Beats Capriati for Nasdaq-100 Title

Sat March 29, 2003 04:11 PM ET

By Richard Luscombe

MIAMI (Reuters) -- Top seed Serena Williams came back from a set down to beat Jennifer Capriati 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and win her second consecutive Nasdaq-100 Open title on Saturday. It was the world number one's seventh straight win over Capriati, who was attempting to celebrate her 27th birthday by finally winning a tournament in which she was runner-up to Serena last year and her sister Venus in 2001. Williams had to fight for her victory in a final lasting just over two hours in temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit and in which the Heat Index Rule, allowing the players a 10-minute break at the end of the second set, was invoked. Although Williams was not moving around the court as fluidly as usual, and made an uncharacteristic 42 unforced errors, the holder of all four grand slams always seemed to have enough in reserve to deal with any threat from her fellow American.

Williams took a 2-0 lead in the first set before Capriati broke back a game later and then extended her advantage in the fifth game when her opponent struck a forehand into the net. Capriati needed only one of her two set points when Williams put a backhand service return long. The second set turned on the lengthy second game, in which Capriati was infuriated by a line call that gave Williams a fifth break point. Capriati saved that but was clearly unsettled and Williams went on to take the game and secure a 4-0 lead in the set. Williams foot-faulted in the next game and Capriati broke back, but missed another break point at 2-4 and the world number one never looked back as she took the set. Errors began to creep into Capriati's game in the third set and Williams took advantage of some sloppy returning as she marched on to complete her 17th straight victory of 2003.

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Mar 30th, 2003, 08:28 PM
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Serena Williams repeats Miami title From the Sports Desk

Published 3/29/2003 11:45 PM

MIAMI, March 29 (UPI) -- Serena Williams spoiled Jennifer Capriati's 27th birthday Saturday by defending her Nasdaq-100 Open title. Williams, the top seed, rallied past the sixth-seeded Capriati, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, in just over two hours at the $6.21 million hardcourt tournament. She captured her 22nd career title and collected $393,000. "I haven't been on my game today," said Williams, who has won the last four Grand Slams. "But I'm going to go home and I'm not going to take some time off. I'm actually going to practice because I don't think I've been doing enough practicing. "That's why my form is off. I've been hanging out, relaxing, not working. I can't keep doing it like that. There's people out there who's working hard and coming closer." The contest was a rematch of last year's final, which Williams won in straight sets. The only other time in the tournament's 19-year history that a repeat final occurred was in 1987-88, when Steffi Graf twice beat Chris Evert.

Williams improved to 17-0 this season and 8-4 lifetime against Capriati. Eight of those matches have gone three sets and Williams has won the last seven encounters. "I don't think so," Williams said when asked if she could go undefeated this year. "It's gonna be really hard. It's impossible to win them all. If you could, I would love to. That's going to be what I'm going to try to do, but I don't know if it's possible."

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S. WILLIAMS/J. Capriati 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

An interview with JENNIFER CAPRIATI

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You said yesterday you had to come out and try to play a perfect match. That first set you only had three unforced errors. Can you talk about your start, that first set in particular?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I came out playing great, just moving the ball around, not making many errors, going for my shots. And I returned well, served well. So, yeah, that was a great first set for me. And, you know, for some reason, I guess instead of keeping up that kind of level or that kind of game, I just back away instead of move up. So I don't know if it's not a matter of -- if it's a matter of me not believing that I can do it consistently, you know, for whatever it takes, two in a row, two sets in a row or whatever. You know, then she just got back into a good rhythm and, you know, she started playing a lot better. You know, just got on the run a lot. It was a tough match.

Q. Did you get tired at all in the third set?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I have to say that I did. It was pretty hot out there. You know, maybe just the week took its toll on me a little bit. So, you know, I didn't rest as well as I would have liked to last night. I got a little tired. But, you know, it's tough chasing down her balls. It's pretty hot.

Q. Did that questionable call at 15-40 in the second set, was that a turning point in the match?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know. It's tough to say. You don't know what would happen if it would just go for you instead of against you. But you can't just look at one point like that, and so I don't think so.

Q. Do you feel like physically you're just her equal and that right now, it's just, like you said, a matter of you having the -- being able to make that mental breakthrough?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, definitely. I mean, tennis-wise, I definitely can hang with her and, you know, match her shot for shot, definitely. So, I mean, obviously, she's got a bigger serve. But, you know, that doesn't affect me too much. So it's just a matter of still getting in a little better shape and peaking. But I think I'm definitely on the way up and, you know, hopefully I'll just get better and better.

Q. There was a pretty active crowd out there today. Did they help you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, they were pretty good. Quiet in between the points, for the most part. You know, they were into it. I guess that I just try to shut them out anyway, so...

Q. You said you didn't get enough rest last night as you wanted to. Were you restless? Or did you try to sleep and you couldn't?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, a little bit of that. Kind of had a racy mind.

Q. What were you thinking about; this match?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, yeah. One of the things, yeah.

Q. You said you try to shut the crowd out. When someone yelled, "Jennifer, get mad," do you hear that?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I thought that was kind of funny, so...

Q. How did you feel right before the 5-4 game in the second set? At that point, did you feel there was a good chance you could pull it out?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, definitely. You know, I just thought serve as well as I did to win the set in the first. So, you know, it's tough. It's hard to explain, you know. When you're playing the points, there's just high anxiety and if you're off by a little bit, and just who takes control of the point first and, you know, she played tough. I had my chances. You know, I can look back now and say, "Oh, what would I have done differently?" But when you're actually in the match, it's a tough scenario to try and plan out.

Q. You must have felt good in the second set, though, when you were down and came back.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, definitely. That's why, you know, I was able to break her a few times to get that back. So her serve doesn't bother me too much. So, you know, that was just a key game there that, you know, I'll just keep working on my serve, keep working on the mental part and just -- so when I just get up there, I'm just strong as a nail. So there's no room to get broken or there's no room for error or whatever.

Q. How do you feel going into the clay court season?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I feel good. I'm happy about getting on the clay. I think it's going to be a little bit easier on the body. I've always enjoyed playing on clay court, so I think I can adapt my game to it. I'll have to get in better shape. Just by playing on the clay, you just automatically get in better shape anyway.

Q. Last couple of weeks give you extra confidence going in?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, yeah. I've come off a good winning streak the last couple weeks and I'm motivated to definitely play on the clay. It will be a nice change anyways.

Q. You mentioned a couple times about getting in better shape and your fitness. Had you dropped off fitness-wise? Do you feel you had reached a peak and now you've dropped? Where do you feel you are with your fitness?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think I'm getting back to that peak.

Q. When did it fall off?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I took a lot of time off for my eye surgery, and before, in December, end of November and December.

Q. Can you talk about Serena's game?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, yeah, she goes for it. You're going to make a lot of errors, but you're going to make a lot of winners, too. You know, I think she played well, but I definitely -- I could have done things differently. I played well in the first set, but I don't think I played my best tennis in the second set and from there on. You know, so it's just... That's it (smiling).

Q. How did you feel about your movement? It seemed like you were able to get to all of her balls?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. Definitely, I don't have a problem with my speed. It's just endurance and not getting that tired feeling, which I still think, you know, there's room for improvement on that. You know, it's tough conditions. You know, maybe if I would play a little different and move closer to the baseline, you know, maybe I wouldn't get on the run so much. So it's a combination of things.

Q. I have one question I'd like to ask. I watched several Grand Slams. What do you think should be done about spectators when they scream out? Should they be exited immediately? What would you like to see be done about that?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think every time a cell phone rings, they should take them out, but... (Laughing). Yeah, I mean, if they do it once, usually, it doesn't really happen a lot, like that one point when somebody yelled out like that. So, I mean, that doesn't happen too much. If it kept happening, I think they would probably try to get the person out. But I think one thing that should be done is on the umpire's chair, they should definitely have like a TV, like a little monitor there, so you can see the replays of the points of the line calls. Just like you're watching it at home on TV. I don't understand why they don't do that; just have a replay there, but that's my say.

Q. You turn 27 today. I think you and Lindsay are probably the oldest in the Top 10 by a few years.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, I think Seles is older.

Q. Is she still in the Top 10?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I think so.

Q. I'm wondering if a loss like this, it gives you more perspective, having been around as long as you have?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, some days I think, you know, I'm getting older, like, "How long am I going to be playing? Is it the end of my time?" But then, you know, I realize it's just -- I mean, it's just in your mind. I can keep playing as long as I want. I think physically, I mean, if you talk to anyone who knows about training or whatever, that a woman reaches her peak anyways around this time, and physically, and even into the 30s. So I shouldn't have any worries about that. You know, now it's just a matter of just having fun and going with it, and of course, I'm taking it seriously. I mean, I'm a competitor and I love to compete. But, you know, I try not to think about the age and how old I am. I still feel like sometimes I'm 14 anyway, so... Doesn't matter.

Q. Would you ever consider developing your approach and volley game to be a player like Serena Williams?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, well, I wouldn't be like her then if she doesn't come to net that much.

Q. She could have come in and she didn't. If you would do that, I think that would give you an edge.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I think you're right about that, for sure. But it's kind of hard to, when you're so used to playing a certain kind of game, just get out of your element. That's why, in the early matches, I think you should do it more often, so you get that confidence. But, I mean, you know, like her, whoever, me, when we're just good off the baseline, it's like -- it's pretty hard when you think you're going to get passed, so...

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S. WILLIAMS/J. Capriati 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

An interview with SERENA WILLIAMS

SERENA WILLIAMS: Questions (laughter)?

Q. Congratulations. Were you feeling sluggish in the first two sets?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I think I was just being lazy and expecting the win to come without moving my feet. I was just being lazy and not working hard enough. So, yeah, that's definitely sluggish.

Q. I know you tune the crowd out when they're cheering and stuff. But there was a point in the match that irritated me when someone yelled out, "Get mad, Jennifer." Did that bother you?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, if anything, it motivates me to want to win. See, a lot of people -- I can understand, it's her third time in the final. Honestly, if she was playing anyone else, I would have liked to see her win. But just playing me, obviously, I want to go out there and win as well. But it just motivates me to be stronger.

Q. What does it say when, obviously, today you are in that top form, and against Kim Clijsters maybe you weren't quite at your top game, yet you're beating them quite easily. Today wasn't easy, but you weren't on your game like you've been in the past; yet you always come through?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I haven't been on my game today. But, I don't know, I'm going to go home and I'm not going to take some time off, I'm actually going to practice because I don't think I've been doing enough practicing. That's why my form is off, I'm hitting the ball a little off. Going into South Carolina, I really want to do well there. So I'm going to actually practice for once - actually practice.

Q. What have you been doing instead of practicing?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Hanging out, relaxing, not working.

Q. What does it tell you when you can be doing that and still win it?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I can't keep doing it like that. There's people out there who's working hard and coming closer. It's not like I didn't want to, it's just that I think there are some things I can do to work harder that might make my day a little easier.

Q. Did you ever, at any point, feel discomfort out there, that she had you behind the eight ball, so to speak?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, not really. I'm just always thinking positive. I think, going into anything, you have to think positive and you start feeling just uncomfortable and feeling like, "Gosh, you know, maybe I won't get it," then I think that's when you start to lose.

Q. What were you thinking after the first set?

SERENA WILLIAMS: "Three sets." (Laughter).

Q. She talked about having high anxiety of each point playing you, that's how she feels. Is it the same for you on the other side of the net today? She was talking about, like, she felt anxious with every stroke, seeing who was going to take control of each point.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Uh-hmm. I mean, I don't know if I felt anxious. She was actually -- I could say I did, a little bit. She was getting a lot of balls back. I made I don't know how many errors.

Q. 42.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, my God.

Q. She mentioned also that she was restless last night. How did you sleep?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I slept well. Woke up, I watched this movie "Nash" or something like that. But I slept really well, right through the night.

Q. Were you thinking this morning when you were getting ready? This is where your wonderful winning streak started last year.

SERENA WILLIAMS: It actually started in Scottsdale, so I was actually a little weary when I wasn't able to play Scottsdale. It was here, too, it was a big win for me last year, actually one of the biggest I've had in a long time. So it shows that I was able to be serious and keep going. I want to keep it up.

Q. What are you saying to yourself before the start of the third set?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I just said to myself, "I've got to get off to a quick start. Got to stay tough."

Q. Do you really think you can end this year ending every match you played without a single lost?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, no, I don't think so. It's gonna be really hard. It's impossible to win them all. If you could, I would love to. That's going to be what I'm going to try to do, but I don't know if it's possible.

Q. It's been said that you said that. It wasn't true, or...?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I mean, I'm tired of explaining it. I mean, just read the transcripts on it; I think a couple interviews ago.

Q. You said the other day that when you play well, nobody can beat you. How far were you today from that standard?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It was -- mentally, I was up there. That really does have a lot to do with the match. I think, physically, and actually, playing-wise, I don't think I played that well. There was a lot of things I should have done, 41 errors, how well is that? You tell me. It's just -- I don't think it's well.

Q. Serena, her level of play dropped off after the first set. How much of that do you think was what you were then doing?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't think it dropped off after the first set. I think she played well in the first and second set. I just think I had to pick my level of game up.

Q. She said she was fatiguing, I mean, from running around. Did you see that happening?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I saw that she was getting a little tired in the third. I was just starting.

Q. You think those two breakpoints she had on your serve in that first game, then when she didn't get them, kind of let her off?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, maybe, she was up 40-15. I hit some nice shots, but I don't -- I don't know if it did. I would have kept fighting. But it's hard, you know, running. I don't know. It's very hot out there. So...

Q. What are you going to go home and practice?

SERENA WILLIAMS: When?

Q. What are you going to work on? You said you would have done things differently out there.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, yeah, I'm just going to work on some things here and there and just focus.

Q. Without giving away any of your trade secrets or anything, how do you stay so fit? I mean, in the third set, it really was a big difference between you and she. What do you do? Can you just take us through a day of your regimen?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well... haven't been to the gym in about four weeks (laughing). I think my trainer's upset about that. Been eating some -- I had a Snickers the other day. I don't know how I stay so fit (laughing). I just -- I said to myself - because one time I was playing and I lost a match because I was tired - I said, "I never want to lose another match because I'm tired." Like I said, I slacked off a little this week, but I'll be back. I'll be back in South Carolina. I'm going to actually go to the gym.

Q. Does it mean more to win a match when you're not at top form and you have to sort of mentally gut it out, or would you -- does it mean more to be just -- play that perfect, in-the-groove match?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I prefer to play the perfect in-the-groove match because then I won't have to struggle so much and fight so much and have to worry about making so many errors and it's just -- it just would be a lot easier if I could play in that groove a little more often.

Q. But do you maybe learn more about yourself when you can gut one out?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, it's always nice. I can't say it's fun. I mean, if I win, it's fun to gut it out. It shows a lot of character that I'm able to stick in there and pull it out, yeah, fighter.

Q. Do you plan on limiting the amount of matches you play?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Pardon me?

Q. Do you plan on limiting the amount of events that you play this year?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, the same. My goal is not to play too many, win all of them that I play, and I don't have to play that many.

Q. Seven in a row against Jennifer. How much of a psychological advantage do you think you have over her?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I always say when you go into a match, you can't have a -- I think when she beat me, like, six in a row, I just , every time I went in there thinking, "This is a new match. The six matches before didn't count. This is a new day." That's how I think we, as players, go into a match.

Q. You've made it clear you love Paris and you love being at the French Open.

SERENA WILLIAMS: J'adore.

Q. Is it sort of disturbing for you to see the anti-French sentiment that's been on display at various events here in the US?

SERENA WILLIAMS: The anti-French...?

Q. Sentiment.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Because they didn't want to participate in the war?

Q. Exactly.

SERENA WILLIAMS: "Well, we don't want to play in the war, we want to make clothes. We don't want the war," (said in an accent.) I don't want a war either. I don't know many people who do want to be involved in the war. "They want to make clothes," (said in an accent).

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Champion Again: Serena Stops Capriati To Win Second Straight Nasdaq Title

By Dan C. Weil
03/29/2003

Serena Williams admitted she wasn't at her best, but she was still good enough to score her seventh straight win over Jennifer Capriati. In a ragged, up-and-down encounter, Williams captured her second straight Nasdaq-100 Open championship with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory in Key Biscayne, Florida today. The undefeated Williams raised her record to 17-0 and while she acknowledged it was a sub-par performance even when Williams doesn't play her best tennis the gap between her and the rest of the WTA Tour continues to widen. "I think I was just being lazy and expecting the win to come without moving my feet," said Williams, who has won eight of her 12 matches with her fellow Floridian. "I was not working hard enough." In Williams' world, photo shoots can sometimes take priority over forehands.

The multi-talented Williams has devoted some of her spare time to her expanding acting, modeling and endorsement career as well as relaxing in enjoying her role as the world's best player and while the rewards from those endeavors have been substantial, she admits her game has paid the price. "That's why my form is off," Williams said. "I've been hanging out, relaxing, not working." The Australian Open champion's physical prowess and superior skills are the foundation of her game, but it was her mental strength that carried her to the tournament title today. "Mentally, I was up there," Williams said. "That really does have a lot to do with the match. I think, physically and playing-wise I didn't play that well." Informed she committed 42 unforced errors, Williams replied sarcastically: "How good is that?" Though Capriati won the first set to put pressure on the defending champion, the real drama took place in the second set.

After Williams opened up a 4-0 lead, Capriati broke back twice to pull back on serve at 4-5. But she was unable to hold her serve and Williams won the set to even the match. Capriati celebrated her 27th birthday today, but before she could blow out the candles on a cake, she got blown away on the court in the decisive set as her serve detoriorated and her hopes of victory dissolved. "I had my chances," Capriati said. &quotoYou know I can look back now and say, 'Oh, what would I have done differently?' But when you're actually in the match, it's a tough scenario to try and plan out." Despite the one-set deficit, Williams said she was never really worried. &quotI'm just always thinking positive," said the world's No. 1 player. "If you start feeling like, 'Gosh, you know, maybe I won't get it,' then I think that's when you start to lose." Throughout the tournament, Capriati's groundstrokes powered the Jennerator past opponents.

But opponents, fans and even casual observers know by now, Capriati's sometime sporadic serve tends to tighten under pressure from aggressive returners. Prone to double faults when going for big second serves, Capriati wisely played with a bit more spin on her serve in her quarterfinal conquest of Meghann Shaughnessy and her semifinal victory over Chanda Rubin. Capriati would be well-served to take a page from Andre Agassi's playbook and develop a kick serve. Agassi, one of the top returners in tennis history, is annually among the ATP Tour leaders in holding serve by driving deep kick serves in the box and backing them up with his sound strokes. Like Agassi, Capriati is always a threat to break serve with her penetrating return game and should she develop her serve into a consistent weapon rather than the hit or miss shot it is now, she regain a spot in the top 3. "I'll just keep working on the mental part, and just so when I get up there, I'm just strong as a nail," Capriati said.

"So there's no room to get broken." The final set was such an anti-climax, the highlight of the third set was the crowd's excoriation of a fan who screamed out during one of the points. As security guards approached the offending spectator, the crowd screamed in unison "Out, out out..." over and over again. The fans weren't citing Shakespeare's famous line: "Out, out damn spot"; rather, they were urging that the fan pay for his transgression with a quick exit. But the quick exit came from Capriati, who lost her steam fast in the third set. The slight bulging belly Capriati is sporting is a sign she needs to tighten up her training. Her physical strength and court coverage remain exceptional, but she admitted she must improve her stamina. "I need to work on my endurance," the Jennerator acknowledged after the match. "Tennis-wise, I can hang with her, but she made me run down a lot of balls."

Indeed Capriati was on the move through most of the match, with Serena in control of most points and dictating play from the center of the baseline. "Maybe if I would move closer to the baseline, I wouldn't get on the run so much," Capriati said.

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