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Capriati looks to show Davenport who's No. 1
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By ERICA BULMAN
Associated Press Writer
October 20, 2001


ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- Jennifer Capriati is out to justify her world No. 1 ranking against skeptic Lindsay Davenport.

Capriati, playing in her first tournament since replacing Martina Hingis at No. 1, will face Davenport in an all-American semifinal in the Swisscom Challenge on Saturday.

Earlier in the week, Davenport, a former world No. 1, hinted that U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Venus Williams was the true top player in the world.

``Jennifer is No. 1 on the computer, but when I play Venus, in my mind, it feels like she's the best player in the world,'' said Davenport, the top-ranked player in the world on four occasions.

Capriati moved atop the rankings after Hingis tore ligaments in her right ankle at the Porsche Grand Prix last Saturday. She has a chance to set Davenport straight and prove she is worthy of her ranking.

Capriati turned her career around completely this year, winning the Australian and French Opens, and reaching the semifinals at the other two Grand Slam tournaments.

Capriati will need to improve her play. She labored against Russian wildcard Nadia Petrova in her first match and was slow to relax against 17-year-old Swiss qualifier Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian before winning 6-4, 6-2.

Davenport and Capriati last met in February in the semifinals of a tourney in Scottsdale, Ariz. Capriati won in three sets.

``It's been awhile,'' Capriati said. ``We'll probably feel each other out a bit at first. It should be a good match.

``I'll have to try and serve well and make her (Davenport) run, make fewer errors and expect more winners. It won't be an easy time.''

Davenport, seeded third in the tournament, has much less at stake.

Already qualified for the WTA Tour's year-end championship in Munich, Germany, Davenport admitted she was tired and wary of risking injury by pushing too hard.

Davenport has looked strong in recent weeks, reaching the finals of three of her last four events. She won two, giving her five titles in 2001.

She rallied after a slow start to eliminate qualifier Daniela Hantuchova 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in 86 minutes on Friday.

Davenport won the Zurich event in 1997-98, and her only defeat here came against Hingis in last year's final. She has a 13-1 record in the tournament.

The Capriati-Davenport winner will face either fourth-seeded Jelena Dokic or eighth-seeded Nathalie Tauziat.
 

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It has more to do with who is playing who here.....Lindsay has problems with Venus, more so then Jennifer, so she would feel Venus is a better player....Martina has more problems with jennifer, then Venus, so she feels Jen is number 1.....

The computer says Jen is number 1, so she is number 1..all the conjecture in the world is not going to change it.....
 

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Maybe players do see Venus as the world number 1, it's just she'll never officially reach that spot unless she commits to play more tennis tournaments than she is at the moment.

I think everyone realises that.
 

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something's wrong with the article. Their last meeting was won by Lindsay. <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">

Venus is playing like the No.1 player but at the moment her best is not good enough to earn the TOP ranking. The other top players were able to achieve it, so wait for Venus' turn. <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">

[ October 20, 2001: Message edited by: jomar ]
 

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Well if it has anything to do with who plays whom then Jennifer must think Venus is #1. She's what like batting a zero average against the Goddess?

Lindsay is right and Venus will get that rank.. She wants to be #1. That is why she is playing Linz and Chase/Munich <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> It will only help to increase her lead next season.

P.S. I hope Jelena wins it all.. that way Jennifer nor Davey can gain points on Venus. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Well if it has anything to do with who plays whom then Jennifer must think Venus is #1. She's what like batting a zero average against the Goddess?

Lindsay is right and Venus will get that rank.. She wants to be #1. That is why she is playing Linz and Chase/Munich <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> It will only help to increase her lead next season.

P.S. I hope Jelena wins it all.. that way Jennifer nor Davey can gain points on Venus. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Yeah I can see why, Lindsay has just beaten Jennifer again. I think Lindsay sees Venus as a larger threat to her than Capriati, hence, she thinks Venus is number 1!
 

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Then of course Martina would feel more comfortable and confident about beating Venus then anyone else in the top 5..go figure......
 

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Venus is the best player right now, but Jen is the number 1 player right. If venus wants to be number 1 play more DAMN tournaments. Simple as that.
 

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I AGREE WITH LINDSAY, JENIFER IS THE TOP RANKED PLAYER BUT VENUS IS FAR AWAY THE BEST PLAYER ON COURT.

ANYONE THINK CAPRIATI IS THE BEST PLAYER???????????????????????????????
 

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Why is capriati questioning Lindsay 's performance at the grandslams??? It's not like Lindsay never won any... Besides she has won more titles than miss questioning calls herself this year alone. Why not ask herself why she has such a miserable record against top 10 or 20 players of late???

Umm Venus and hingisova have met 18 times , and granted the record is 8-10, but Venus has won 5 of the last 7 times they've played... They last played in March at the Ericsson open.. Can anyone tell me that if they met again anytime soon that Hingisova would have the upper hand??? I don't think so... Venus is fast closing in on her .. I bet she won't be happy to see Venus in her draw at any tournament...
 

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I'm no Capriati fan, but isn't it strange Lindsay never said she considered Venus to be the "best player in the world" until her girl Hingis lost the #1 ranking? Now that Jen Jen has the #1 ranking, Lindsay considers Venus the best? Why not give Venus those props when Hingis was #1 with few titles and no grand slams. Am I missing something here?
 

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In Lindsay's defence, she did acknowledge that Venus was playing like the #1 player last year... Not sure in which interview... I will do some research , if I find it I will post it here :p
 

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Thanks Infiniti2001!! I guess that's why I felt I had missed someting <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0"> and I did <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0">
 

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everyone posted here is a venus fan or a capriati fan so u arent impartial!!!! <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">
anyway Lindsay is very humble and kind.venus or jennifer wouldnt say the same thing of an other player... <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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This is one screwed up article. First there's the error about Scottsdale that's been pointed out already. Then the reporter is trying to make it sound like Lindsay Davenport is saying that Venus Williams is the true no.1 when that's not what she's saying at all.

Davenport is simply pointing out that she considers Venus Williams as the player to beat. She's not saying that Venus should be no.1.
 

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Right now...Jennifer is the #1 ranked player..but is she the "best" player? Nope, and I AM A Huge Jenn fan...In my mind there is no doubt that Venus is the best player in the world.. But it is funny how certain players match up better against others...Davenport is owned by Serena whereas Serena has more problems with Jenn...Martina has been less successful and against Jenn , whereas Jenn hasnt beaten Venus, whom Martina would rather play than Jenn...Go figure women's tennis! <IMG SRC="smilies/berzerk.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/berzerk.gif" border="0">
 

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Its a mental block thing. And BTW, Martina doesn't own Venus, its just that their matches tend to be tighter than Venus vs any one else in the top 10.
 

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Earlier in the week, Davenport suggested that U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Venus Williams was the true No. 1 player.

Capriati appeared unhappy about the comment Saturday and questioned Davenport's performance in Grand Slam events. Davenport has won five titles this season but no Grand Slams.

"What's important for me is doing well at the big tournaments and Grand Slams," Capriati said. "What's important for me is that I'm at the championships the week after next."


Can someone post an interview of Davenport and Capriati? Sounds like a cat fight <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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I think basically it comes down to who gives the most people problems, and that's Venus. I mean all of the top players are up there for a reason. Few of them can say that any one person gives them fits. However I think as of the last 2 years Venus has pretty much given all of the top players problems. I think what Lindsay meant was Venus is considered the fav. going into a match against pretty much everyone, because of that. Even though Jenn is #1 on the computer rankings she isn't considered the fav. to me against Venus or Lindsay.
 
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