April 17, 2002
A POST-MATCH INTERVIEW WITH: JENNIFER CAPRIATI
SECOND ROUND WIN OVER JANETTE HUSAROVA
2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Q. Too close for comfort. She was rolling in that first set.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. She was playing well, but I mean I really didn't
even make her play in the first set. I was making a lot of errors and
still I think just adjusting my game to the clay court, and you know,
just making a few too many mistakes, but after the first set, I just played
a little smarter.
Q. I noticed you kind of did that last year, too, kind of came out
of the gates a little slow and picked it up, did the same today.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. Well, it's my first match on the clay court.
It's been a while since I played a match, and then just on the clay it's
a little different. So it takes a little adjusting, and she's obviously
a clay court player, so she was getting a lot of balls back and kind of
giving me no pace, so...
Q. Do you get anxious when you see you're 5?0 down or do you just
say, calm down, I'll work my way out of it?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean, no, I don't really get anxious. That's
the whole point of having two out of three sets. So just, you know, try
to take it point by point, and if I lose the first set, you know, come
out from the first game at least in the second, and try not to get down
in the second while already being down losing in the first. Then I would
start to panic, I guess.
Q. In the third set it seemed like every time you got a stranglehold
she fought back and then she would get kind of a hold and you'd fight
back. What allowed you to finally push through and to get the win?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think I really concentrated in the last game to break
when I broke her. And just was really consistent and kind of more aggressive
also. You know, she was just kind of playing some different kind of shots
and I didn't know really what to expect, so you know, just tried to keep
the ball consistent.
Q. Do you feel like you wore her down?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean I think once I kept the ball in the court
and played my game and was aggressive, that, I mean I just ?? I felt like
I was stronger overall, so you know, I just came out on top on those points.
Q. How did it feel for your first match back on stadium court after
winning last year?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. It felt good. The crowd was great. They are very
supportive, and I mean it's a nice stadium. I enjoy playing in that, and
I don't know. I think I played pretty well for my first match, and even
though it was three sets, I still felt like I was hitting the ball well.
Q. How long does it take you to normally adjust to the clay after
not being on it, away from practice matches?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Right. Well, I mean sometimes in the match, you know,
I can start adjusting and get used to it. I think like I did today, you
know, towards the second set, I started to really gain a good perspective
and playing out there on the clay, and just putting more security on the
ball and so it can happen within the match, I think.
Q. Is this (ice on ankle) preventative or is something wrong?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, no, I mean it's been a nagging thing, but I mean
it's just part of the game and nothing that's going to probably keep me
out, but something to deal with.
Q. Is it your Achilles or your ankle?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Achilles, yeah. Achilles tendonitis.
Q. Anna had Harold Solomon with her here. You've had experience working
with him a couple of times. I was wondering, you know her game pretty
well. Do you feel he would be a good coach for her if she took him on?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Do I know her game pretty well?
Q. Well, no. I was just talking you know her a little bit.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Sure. I mean I think ?? I wish them well and I hope
he can help or whatever. They have to have a good chemistry. I mean that's
with any player/coach, and just hope it works out.
Q. He's pretty much a tennis master, though, I mean he likes to really
get out there and work hard and practice. Is that not his style, wouldn't
A. I don't really want to comment on the coaching styles of Harold Solomon
Q. When was the last time you played on clay?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It would be the French last year.
Q. I was really curious how you felt, there's fewer than ten people
that have made it to No. 1 in the world in like the last 25 years, and
I think it's something that millions of kids around the world dream about
and can't even imagine. I was just curious about the actual emotions you
felt when that happened and you reached something that you've been dreaming
about probably for a long time.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean as a kid I always dreamt about it, being
No. 1, and you know, I wasn't really sure if that would ever be possible,
and then I started getting closer to it, and then that's when I really
started thinking that, you know, there could be a chance for me to actually
be No. 1.
And I mean it's just like a total feeling of satisfaction and just joy
that, I mean, really it's just like accomplishing everything that I've
set out to accomplish since I've started playing this game, and it's just
the ultimate goal for anybody, and I just feel really good about myself.
Q. How was the heat out there today?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It wasn't too bad. I mean it's a little humid, so it
was kind of wet and kind of hard to hold on to the racket a little bit.
END OF INTERVIEW