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Capriati takes loss in stride

By DARRELL FRY

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 6, 2001


WIMBLEDON, England -- Jennifer Capriati, who once had trouble dealing with tennis disappointments, said she was sad about losing Thursday in the semifinals but has learned to put losses in perspective.

"It's really not a big deal to lose a tennis match," she said. "There's a lot worse things that could happen.

"That's just part of my growing up, my maturity, what I've come to realize. You know, I've had a lot more losses in different ways than this tennis match."

Capriati said that reaching the semifinals was memorable but the highlight of her Wimbledon was playing mixed doubles with her brother, Steven, even though they lost in the first round.

"That will probably stand out more than just losing in the semifinals," she said. "Hopefully there will be more chances."

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE?: Experts say the key to success in tennis is practicing. Venus Williams has taken a different approach, but she said she probably would be having a better year if she had practiced more.

"Sometimes it's hard to practice because I get a little bored with practicing. It's not always fun," she said. "I think some of the champions like Steffi Graf or Ivan Lendl, that's where they really excelled, in practice, and they were able to do well in their matches because of that. Maybe I have to get the same attitude."

DID YOU KNOW?: Although Williams probably will be the heavy favorite in Saturday's final, 19-year-old Justine Henin might have the edge. In their only meeting, a fourth-round match at the German Open two months ago, Henin upset Williams 6-1, 6-4.

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