April 14 2002 Interviews
JENNIFER CAPRIATI
April 16 2002 Interviews
MONICA SELES
MARY PIERCE
CONCHITA MARTINEZ
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO
ANNA KOURNIKOVA
SERENA WILLIAMS
April 17 2002 Interviews
JENNIFER CAPRIATI
CONCHITA MARTINEZ
JILL CRAYBAS
STEPHANIE FORETZ
SERENA WILLIAMS
April 18 2002 Interviews
AMANDA COETZER
STEPHANIE FORETZ
MONICA SELES
FRANKIE WHELAN AND MIKE FINLEY
April 19 2002 Interviews
SERENA WILLIAMS
PATTY SCHNYDER
STEPHANIE FORETZ
April 20 2002 Interviews
JENNIFER CAPRIATI
PATTY SCHNYDER
SANDRINE TESTUD
IVA MAJOLI
April 21 2002 Interviews
PATTY SCHNYDER
IVA MAJOLI
Saturday April 20, 2002

A POST-MATCH INTERVIEW WITH: JENNIFER CAPRIATI
SEMIFINAL LOSS TO PATTY SCHNYDER
6-4, 6-3

Q. She kind of came out on fire, seemed like, the first set.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, but I was ahead most of the time in the first set. I think she picked up her game better in the middle of the first set and as the second set wore on.

Q. Do you think her strategy was kind of to keep the ball deep, keep the ball high and extend the points? Was that something you sort of knew she was going to try to do coming in?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I think that's her game anyway. That's the way she plays, and maybe she did it a little more today. You know, she played well, she kept the ball on the court, and then she was aggressive when she had to be and then made some good shots and made some good winners, and served well, too.

Q. But she seemed to go for the lines and make a lot of those shots. Was that frustrating because she was so close?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean it's just, you know, there's not much you can do when someone's having that kind of day, and just gotta do the best you can. And you know, my day was not as good today as hers, and you know, but I don't feel like I gave it to her. I think she really played well, and I mean she forced a lot of my mistakes.

Q. This is a girl who's beaten the sixth seed, the three seed and now number one seed. Do you think you just ran into a very hot player or are you just not happy with the way you played?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think probably a little bit of both. I probably could have played better, but obviously she's playing with a lot of confidence, and she played well. She's a talented player and this is what kind of everyone thought the player she was going to be, but it never happened. She's been around for a while, and she had a good run maybe a couple years ago or something like that, and now you know, she's playing better, for this week she's playing better.

And there's some things still that it's a long clay court season, so it's just the beginning, so I'm not going to get down about it. I'm just going to learn from this match and get ready to go to Europe.

Q. Some of those calls out there, how much did that affect your concentration? You were upset quite a bit through the second set about that.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean it's just ?? it's frustrating when kind of everything is not going your way, and you know, even the calls or whatever, and then she's hitting the lines and then they made bad calls on my shots that actually were in, so we had to like replay the point. And you know, it was just kind of one of those days.

Q. Seemed like sort of the turning point was sort of the break she was able to get there at 4?3 and then close out the first set.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Right.

Q. In your mind did that kind of carry over a little bit for her in the second set when she was able to go up 3?0?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. Well, I mean I can't really remember what happened in that first or why I lost that game. I mean she was playing well, but I definitely ?? I mean I was ahead the whole time in the first, and I definitely feel that first set should have been mine, but you know, it's just a couple points here and there that made the difference in the end. And the last game was really long of that first set, and maybe I was a little bit winded after that, and you know, that's clay and that's why you have to be ready to stay out there longer and be in better shape.

Q. How disappointing is it to you to lose that No. 1 ranking?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Right now I haven't thought about it. You know, maybe I've lost it for this moment, but I wouldn't say the whole year or ?? I mean that's how it's kind of been, just going back and forth, so still a lot of tournaments to play.

Q. You think that back and forth makes the women's game more exciting, though, for the public?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean I think there has to be a little better point system, otherwise, I mean it's really maybe everyone's going to get confused of, you know, who's No. 1 or whatever. And for the players, maybe it takes away the real kind of meaning of it if it's just always kind of going back and forth for these little tournaments and or you win a big tournament and you're still not No. 1.

Q. There have been so many upsets this week. Do you think this shows how deep the Tour really is, it's not just the first five or ten players, that it really is deep?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean, maybe you know, because of the surface change it's easier for the other lower ranked players to have a chance against top players because the power game, I mean you can really tell the difference on like the hard court or the faster surface. There's not much to compare, but it's maybe an equalizer for everybody, and so I mean it's the first tournament of the clay, or the second tournament. So you know, it's just not a good week for the seeds.

Q. What's your schedule from here into the French?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I'm playing Fed Cup, which is next week, and then I'm going to go play Berlin and Rome.

Q. Seems like kind of maybe the turning point was you had her at 40?0, 4?3 your serve, and she comes back to break you there, I think wins like five or six of the next straight games. Is that sort of in your mind where maybe things turned around a little bit in sort of momentum?
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Didn't you just ask that?

Q. Yeah. A little bit differently.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: A little bit different? Yeah. I guess that's what happened. I was up 40?0, and yeah, I mean I should have won that game, and especially if I'm up 40?0, and maybe kind of just relaxed a little bit there too much and expected that I was going to win that set or win it at that point. And really she comes back and plays better, and then definitely she got a lot of momentum after the first set, and maybe I was kind of like just mad at myself, kind of just didn't play well the beginning of the second.

END OF INTERVIEW