Jennifer Capriati might not have had the game to make it past Serena Williams and into a third Wimbledon semi-final today, but the American feels she can leave the All England Club with her head held high.
After not dropping a set on her way to the last eight, many felt the three-time Grand Slam winner was showing the type of form which could really trouble the defending champion.
Instead, it turned out to be a totally one-sided quarter-final as Williams romped to a 6-1 6-1 victory inside 45 minutes on Centre Court.
Capriati, though, tried to focus on the positives despite today’s disappointment.
“I felt good out there. Maybe I just didn’t have that little spark I have had,” reflected the American number seven seed.
“I have had a good tournament and can’t get too down on myself because I know I can compete.
“Today was just one of those days….. There’s always a next time.
“I feel like I’m about 65 to 70% of where I can be physically, so that’s what I’ll keep working on.”
Williams will now play Amelie Mauresmo for a place in the final and Capriati declared: “If she plays like that, she has a good chance. If she can play like that every time, that’s too good.
“I guess maybe the early break gave her the extra confidence and she got on a roll. I couldn’t even get the rallies going.
“Today was probably one of the best she’s ever played against me. Beating her the last two times, maybe she had a vendetta.
“I don’t think I really had much of a chance to get in the match and play.”