Chris America Waves Good-bye After Nail-Biting Loss
26 September 2004 REUTERS
After a golden comeback summer which included a victory over the world number 1 Lindsay Davenport, Chris America waves good-bye (again) the Flushing Meadow crowd for the last time after a heart-breaking 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (18-16) quarter-final loss to Jennifer Capriati.
49 year old Evert was one of the hot favourites for the 2004 US Open crown, and looked on course to advance to the semi-finals. With a seemingly comfortable 6-3, 3-0 lead, Evert was driving the ball deep and keeping Capriati, 21 years her junior, off balance with cunning drop-shots and lobs.
Said Capriati after the match, "I was like you know well you know like it was."
"I'm really mad at myself" said Evert after the match. "I had played Jennifer several times when she was 5 to 9 years old, and I never lost to her. I guess the foot came off the peddle at bit, and then I found myself at one set all, and a little leg weary. At the same time though, I'm proud that I almost got to the semis a couple of months shy of my 50th birthday, and that I didn't lose early to someone like Dulko."
Evert will retire with a career-low ranking of 5, after just 2 tournaments, which is more a reflection of the tour at the moment than anything else. "It was really a missed opportunity to be crowned ITF player of the year," said Evert later.
So who did she think would go on and win the tournament."Well, I'd like to say Jennifer, but she always has a let-down, like I had in the 1980 Wimbeldon final. I really don't know any of the other player left in the draw. Is Maria still in the draw? She reminds me so much of myself."
"You know well I guess guess you know well she you know you know well you know" was Capriati's assessment of the match, and her chances for the rest of the tournament.
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