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THE MODERATOR: Questions for Jennifer.

Q. How do you feel about the whole situation?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: About what?

Q. I mean...

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I won, didn't I (laughter)?

You know, it hurts. It's very disappointing. But, you know, what can I do? It's just the way it went.

Q. There were so many ebbs and flows in this match. The momentum changes were constantly back and forth. What was the catalyst? Were there moments out there where the concentration just left you? Was it physical breakdown? The exhaustion?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, really, I didn't like let up too many times, I don't think. I lost the momentum only a couple times where I was just, you know, in the position to win the match and at the finish line there.

But really, you know, I think I played pretty consistently the whole time.

Q. Did you lose it, or did she win it?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: You know, it's hard to say. You have to give her credit for the way she was feeling, to just stay out there and try to win.

But I feel I definitely had the match in my hands, and it was my match to win. I mean, for the ‑‑ yeah. I mean, I guess I just beat myself, so...

Q. Memories of the '91 match with Monica come into play at any time during the match today?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, not at all. I don't think this kind of situation was even close.

Q. Is this the most upsetting defeat of your career?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Uhm, you know, I could look at it. I mean, of course when I came off the court, you know, I just felt like the whole world was coming down on me. You know, just my heart was being ripped out.

But, you know, it's just how I choose to look at it now and feel about it, that it was a great match and I gave it all I had. She did, too. For whatever reasons, you know, I didn't win.

So, you know, I still think it's a positive thing for me and for the future. If I can learn from this and just keep going...

Q. Everything you've been through, can you look at this, as you've told us, as just a tennis match?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I mean, it's ‑‑ right now, it just got over with. Probably the next few days it's gonna be hard to look at it as just a match.

But I think, you know, down the road and how I feel about it is just, yeah, it is just a match and, you know, it helps also with, you know, my family around and the support I've gotten. You know, them still showing their love for me, telling me that it is just a match.

You know, it's not the end of the world. Worse things can happen.

I mean, before, maybe I would have been more devastated, and I wouldn't have handled it the right way. But now, I'm just, you know, instead of looking at myself like I failed, like I'm a failure for not winning, I think, you know, I look at myself as just giving it all I had and showing a lot of heart and what I'm made out of, and that I am only human, you know.

Q. You get up 5‑3 in the second, up 5‑2 in the third. You basically stopped hitting your shots. It seemed like you lost confidence. What were you telling yourself? Why weren't you able to pull off the same kind of shot‑making?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, I really can't explain it unless you've been in the situation. Every athlete, I think, would know what I'm talking about.

You know, it was just getting pretty overwhelming out there. I guess it just, you know, I started looking at her and, you know, I felt like, you know, "Okay, now I got to close out this match for sure, you know. She's cramping," or whatever.

Then the crowd was just, you know, was so into it. You know, was just the whole situation. I guess I just lost complete focus and, you know, just like everything kind of went off.

I still tried, you know. It was just ‑‑ my shots weren't the same, so...

Q. There was a moment just before the tiebreak, 15‑30, you were 6‑5 up, you dropped your racquet, kicked it. You had the look of loss on your face. What was going through your mind at that point? Did you still believe you could win the tiebreak?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, no, I was just so pissed off that, you know... I mean, really. It wasn't that I thought I was loosing, I couldn't believe what was going on out there.

Q. Who do you think is gonna win tomorrow in the final?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I mean, I hope Justine feels better. I mean, I don't know, you know?

There's not much rest time. Kim has had a pretty easy time. You know, it's a matter of how Justine can come and bounce back to play, you know, after tonight basically.

Q. We sometimes ask athletes what it's like to lift the trophy at that moment of triumph. The harder question is what is that feeling of loss after over three hours, there's that finality, it's sweeping over you? Can you describe those feelings you must have?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It's pretty hard to put it into words. I mean, it's definitely, you know, after that kind of defeat and then, you know, have to come here and kind of answer these questions... (Smiling).

I mean, that's what it's all about, you know. That's the risk you're taking. I mean, that's what being an athlete is. You could get such joy in winning, but there's the other side of it. You know, a true champion, a true player, that's how they can handle it and come through that kind of defeat.

You know, still almost ‑‑ I mean, I still, like, thrive on this kind of match. You know, I do want to come back and try it again, you know.

Q. How long do you think this night will linger with you? How long will the loss be there in your thoughts?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't really know. It's hard to say. There's some losses that could probably stay with you forever, you know. The same as the wins, too. It's just how you let it affect you. I mean, it's okay to not completely just put it behind. You want to keep these things, you know, kind of in your memory so you learn for the next time.

Q. I would imagine that you and Justine just gave a TV a match to run on rain‑outs for the foreseeable future. I was wondering if when the match was in progress, can you enjoy just being in the moment and having the crowd behind you? It was great theater. I'm wondering how much of that you were able to soak up and really enjoy being a part of?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean, maybe I should have thought of that more at the end, you know. That would have helped me relax a little bit and kind of just laugh.

But, yeah, I mean, the whole time it was just still very thrilling for me. You know, that's what I thrive for. It's definitely like an adrenaline rush being out there. It brings out the best tennis in me and ‑‑ the best and the worst, really, too.

(This is a partial transcript)

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Very good interview...Jennifer showed a lot of class and IMO I would have declined to give an interview after a loss like that!! lol But all in all it stays to say..this is just a tennis match. :)

Good luck next year Jennifer! Keep working on your serve, fitness, and mostly on the mentality and come back stronger then ever! :)
 

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THE MODERATOR: Questions for Jennifer.

Q. How do you feel about the whole situation?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: About what?

Q. I mean...

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I won, didn't I (laughter)?
That was very funny, especially when you watch the video interview :)
 

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Jen :sad:
 

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I watched the video, and it clearly showed that Jen had just finished crying and you know the stupid journalists kept on asking bout the loss.. :rolleyes: Poor JEn, and when they said Thank you, she was like rushing...
 

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Her attitude after tough losses this year has been amazing. I was so impressed with her at Wimbledon when she said that if she played her best and played her heart out and couldn't win the title by the end of her career, then so be it. Same applies at the US Open and I admire her all the more for her attitude in this interview. A tough, tough, loss, but she played one of the best matches of the year, and even amongst Capriati haters they usually haul out one of her matches as their faves of the year, whether she wins it or loses it. She brings out the best in herself and other elite players when she plays them. Soon she'll start winning those matches again, but she has nothing to be ashamed about after that match. Great match.
 

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I wouldn't be surpirised if Jenn won another 'Big One'. I think she deserves more, but thats another story if she gets it.

I hope after Shanghi, which seems likely she will win with no Serena and not a top quality feild and if she can keep up her current Hardcourt Season form, there should be no problem.

Anyway in her time up until the Season End Champs. I think to make her game just that bit better would be Fitness, which is almost there Jenn was looking alot slimmer than at the start of the year. But also more variety, i.e net play. You never know she could win the Season End Champs. But it sounds as though she has coped with the defeat, as shes had other tough 3 sett loss throughout the year.
 

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"It was getting pretty overwhelming out there," Capriati said. "It was my match to win. Yeah, I beat myself."


funny but when serena says this she is crucified on here.
 

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Jen would deserve the title of the us open, but she could't use her chances. she played one of the best games this year. It was a great match. I was really tired when she lost the game.

Jen we love you!
 

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Her attitude after losses is impressing me but I thought her behavious during the match trying to twist the linesmen and umpire was very immature. I know the crowd were egging her on and supporting her but I thought that was classless.If she can apply her post-match persona to matches she would be condsidered more fondly by everyone.

But I have to clap her cos she fought like mad, so did Justine and they provided a match that the tournament will remember for years to come. Thanks you both of them.
 

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Cybelle Darkholme said:
"It was getting pretty overwhelming out there," Capriati said. "It was my match to win. Yeah, I beat myself."


funny but when serena says this she is crucified on here.
Yeah that's what I'm noting too :tape:
 

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Bravo :) That is a great interview from Jen. She was funny and she was honest and so much more after such a devastating loss. I think she proved that she is a true champion :bounce:


(Cybelle, Becool I wouldn't bother pointing that out. You're gonna get a flood of posts pointing out how Serena saying that is different :rolleyes: )
 
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