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It seems that the WTA are praying that Cap finish first, and she should. I think she deserve it, if Vee wanted the #1 ranking she should have played more. Since Venus always acknowledged Hingis as the #1 player, I'm sure the same hold true for Capriati!

Capriati Tired of Hearing Why Venus Should Be No. 1

Being Chased by Davenport for Top Status

By PATRICK VIGNAL <br />.c Reuters

MUNICH, Germany(Oct.29)-- Jennifer Capriati is tired of hearing that the best player in the world is Venus Williams.

The 25-year old, whose remarkable comeback has taken her all the way to No. 1, said she was irritated by remarks suggesting the powerful Williams would be in the top spot had she played more tournaments.

"It's all speculation," Capriati said as she was warming up for the last tournament of her fairy tale season, the WTA Championships starting Tuesday.

"If Venus should be No. 1, why isn't she? I don't have to defend myself."

While Capriati won the Australian and French Open titles, Williams also took two Grand Slams--Wimbeldon and the U.S. Open-- and often looked in a class of her own.

But she has struggled with injuries and recently upset the WTA Tour officials by saying she could not play in Munich because of a sore wrist, after repeatedly assuring them that she would come.

Capriati said she had needed time for everything to sink in after she knocked Martina Hingis off the top of the ranking earlier this month.

"It's all settling in pretty good," she said. "Now it's the end of the year and I can start looking back and enjoy what has happened."

Still mathematically under threat from Lindsay Davenport, who has won her last three tournaments to move into second place just 61 points behind her, Capriati is nevertheless ideally placed to end the year at No. 1.

"We still have to work it out but Lindsay can make it only if Jennifer loses very early here," said a WTA spokeswoman."

"My goal is not to finish No. 1, it's to end the year playing great tennis," Capriati said. "Lindsay might catch me but I believe that if I concentrate on my tennis and keep playing well, the ranking will take care of itself."

Eleven years have passed since Capriati made her debut at the year-end Championships as a bubly 14-year old.

She was among the sport's elite for the season's traditional finale from 1990 to 1992 but her career was then derailed when she lost interest in the sport and dabbled in drugs.

Not until last year did she return, losing on that occasion to Russian Anna Kournikova in the first round at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The event, which had been held in the U.S. since it started in 1972, will be staged this year in Munich's Olympic Hall.

"A change is good," said Capriati, who plays Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva in her first match here Tuesday.

"It's a new experience. It's a new start for the tournament at the end of a year that marked a new start for me."

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Uneasy lies the head who wears the crown.
 

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Capriatti is a tired petulant child.

Capriatti knows that Venus is the better player; too bad she has to take every opportunity presented to her to let Venus know that she thinks Venus is the better player. She needs to get over her jealousy of Venus. You'd think that it would be embarassing enough to get your arse spanked in a match inwhich you used constant gamesmanship, but noooo she has to go and make it even easier for Venus to treat her as a silly non-entity.

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Say what you will about Williams *2, but they are the best when it comes to deflecting the media's bait .... Miss capriati could learn a little from them <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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whinge, whine all you like....speculate all you like...make all the claims you like.....No matter which what you look at it.....

1. Capriati, Jennifer (maybe number 2 on sunday)<br />2. Davenport, Lindsay (maybe number 1 on Sunday)<br />3. Williams, Venus (after this week)
 

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Infiniti2001, youmake a fine point. Jenn needs to learn to let stupid questions go unanswered.
 

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I'm a little confused as to who was in the locker room after the U.S. Open crying in her mom's arms, while mommy rubbed her back saying..." it's okay honey...u r my #1" Oh yeah that was... shat, for some reason it's just not coming to me <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> But for some reason I do believe it's the same person who is irritated that others question her as to whether she believes she's the best player...but I can't be sure <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">

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For some reason the number one player feels the need to comment on the most trivial things and when they do it's nonsense......Jen needs to throw away Martina's book on being number one and start adding a little class to the top position...oh sorry this is jen I'm talking about.....

What kind of remark do you expect to come from someone like Jen? Now if she made a remark like that of Lindsay where she acknowledged Venus' performance then that would be the shocking part of this story...........it doesn't suprise me at all....I expect a lot more silly and brainless comments to come from Jen in the future ........brace yourself
 

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Jennifer is irritated ocs' she knows Venus Rules the tour!!!! If she would feel more confidence, she would smile, and act as a real n#1, smiling like VENUS. <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Wow, Jen talking some sense for once! <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Seriously, when she keeps it simple:

If Venus should be No. 1, why isn't she? I don't have to defend myself. <hr></blockquote>

That says it all.

It is speculation, we don't know, let the girl enjoy what she's earned for God's sake.

Venus needs to let her tennis, not her fans, do the talking, and until she does, there's no argument over who's ranked #1.

Venus is not the best player at the moment, because she's not playing at the moment.
 

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Does Jenn read the message board? How does she know there is speculation that Venus is number 1??
 

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just to add.... Venus has been the best player when she's played, but frankly, Davenport's form now, is surely banging on the door for inclusion in this whole 'argument' too.

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Freedesign, since when has Venus let her fans speak for her? Everyone knows that Venus does her own talking and she does it very well. I would like to know the answer to Jen's question myself. Why isn't Venus #1 on the computer? She's already proven that she's the best player on tour by beating everyone else's ass. I've decided that it's to late for Jen to learn how to speak with class and intelligence, so she no longer suprises me with comments as such.
 

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Jen needs to stop worrying about everybody else thinks, and start worrying about how she's going to defend all those points at Oz. <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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HAIL-VENUS, what was it about Jen's comments that upset you so much. There was no 'attack' on Venus, no snide comments. What Jen said was FACT, so if it's the truth that upsets you, well....

as for Venus letting her tennis do the talking: she does, but it's her fans who won't let it lie. Thanks for the correction!

Oh, and the answer to Jen's question: because, over a rolling 52 week period, she is not consistently the best, primarily because she doesn't meet the minimum CRITERIA... blah, blah, blah.

I'll say it again: If Venus fans are not concerned whether Venus has the #1 ranking or not, why be so quick to harangue the person who has got it?
 

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I'll say it again: If Venus fans are not concerned whether Venus has the #1 ranking or not, why be so quick to harangue the person who has got it?

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To me this is not about her comments on Venus... If indeed she was comfortable with being #1 , she should act like it and forget everything anyone else says... Then again everything seems to bother her <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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Inifinit2001: I was responding to HAIL_VENUS with that comment that jen had no 'class', and was no suprised by such comments. The truth can be pretty surprising sometimes I guess. <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

I wouldn't call myself Jen's #1 fan at all. She can be crabby to say the least.

But it seems that with all this talk, people are trying to belittle her achievements this year, and imply that she does not deserve her ranking position. I think the ranking gives a very fulsome idea of where everybody is.

If the person who is your closest rival for the #1 ranking says that, in their opinion, you shouldn't be the #1, I'd say you were well within your rights to feel affronted.

That comment by Lindsay would have hurt Jen, and however much Lindsay may respect, ahem fear, Venus, she undermined Jen with that comment.

Maybe Jen should just keep quiet, but I think she's well justified in restating the fact that she, and not Venus, is numero uno right now.
 

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It is not Venus or her fans that Capriati has a problem with, it is the whole world. Computer rankings are fine, Jen as Lindsay stated, is the #1 player on the computer. But on the court, in Lindsay's mind Venus is #1. You see the computer cannot change what our senses perceive. Fans cannot deny what their eyes have seen. Fans cannot deny watching Venus defeat on the court Lindsay and Capriati 6 out 6 times this year. Fans cannot deny seeing Venus beat Lindsay and Capriati back to back along with Henin in 27 hrs. Neither can the media, commentators, tennis pro's, entire civilized world and Jen herself. This fact is the source of her fustration.
 

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You know its funny...<br />90% of you who are now insulting Jenn left and right, and sayng she won't last, are the same people who said she wouldn't get there to begin with <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> <br />In fact i recall many saying she would never be a top 5 player, or never win another slam after OZ. Then it turned into, she would never be in the top three, then I heard she'd never be number one..<br />When will you people just admit that your beat <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

Quit being such hypocrits and jumping on the hate Jenn band wagon every chance that you get.
 
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