Swift Serena joins Capriati in Rome quarter-finals
May 13, 2004
ROME (AFP) - Top seed Serena Williams joined other American Jennifer Capriati in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters after strolling to a comfortable straight sets victory over Dally Randriantefy.
Randriantefy, from Madagascar and ranked 97th in the world, was no match for the pace and power of the six-time Grand Slam winner who wrapped up a 6-1, 6-3 win in 45 minutes at the Foro Italico.
Williams, a winner in Rome two years ago, will play Russian ninth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the last eight.
Williams may have taken less than an hour to polish off Randriantefy, but she still found faults in her game.
"I dont think I played as well as I could have, so I'm not satisfied at all," said the 22-year-old American.
"I had opportunities to close the match out earlier and I think the scoreline could have been a little different."
American fifth seed Jennifer Capriati, winner of three Grand Slam titles, lost just four games in her straight sets demolition of Argentine Paola Suarez in her third round match.
A trouble-free 6-2, 6-2 victory set up a quarter-final clash against Israeli 16th seed Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi, who defeated Italian wildcard Flavia Pennetta.
Attack also proved to be the best form of defence for Capriati.
"I felt like I was playing really well, hitting my shots, serving well and even coming to the net a few times," said the 28-year-old American, who reached the semi-finals here two years ago.
"My mentality was to go out there and go forward. When I am moving well I can get to the ball that little bit quicker. And at the net you need that little bit extra to make the difference."
2004 TELECOM ITALIA MASTERS
May 13, 2004
S. WILLIAMS/D. Randriantefy
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Serena, please.
Q. What did you think about your performance tonight?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I don't think I played as well as I could have played today, so I'm not very satisfied right now at all.
Q. Any particular reason for that?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Hmm... No. I mean, I had opportunities to close out the match earlier and I think the score line could have been a little different.
Q. Does this mean something for tomorrow's match, or you will forget it?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, no, I've already moved on. Looking forward to my next match.
Q. I don't know if you heard that Martina Navratilova got a wildcard for Roland Garros. Would you like to be able to play her there?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I think that's great for her. She's 46, -7, and that's amazing. That's really amazing.
Q. Capriati said previously that she feels that the wildcard was taken away from a younger player. Do you feel the same or...?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I just said how I felt. I think it's great for her. If I could be even thinking about playing tennis at that age, it would just be unbelievable for me.
Q. You are said to be part of the concert which will take place in the future. Is it true? Do you know the other people who will take part in it?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I'm good friends with Mr. Jones from just being around LA. It's for a great cause. It's for "We are the People." I'm excited to have the opportunity to be there.
Q. Do you like this type of tennis that you're playing now considering Roland Garros, how close it is?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I'm close. I could get better.
Q. Was there any level of improvement between Tuesday and today?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yes, there was definitely a level of improvement. I think each round I'm getting better, so I'm looking forward to my next round.
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