Capriati: I didn't have a chance

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.

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.”

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