Jennifer Capriati

U. S. A.
Born 29/3/1976
Australian Open 2001,2002
French Open 2001

Jennifer Capriati had one of the most remarkable tennis careers of all time. Capriati was a baseliner. Capriati was a child prodigy and burst onto the tennis scene in 1990 at the age of just 14, where she reached the semis of the French, losing to Monica Seles. At Wimbledon 1991 Capriati beat defending champion Martina Navratilova (who was 20 years older than her) in the quarters before losing in the semis to Gabriela Sabatini. At the US she beat Sabatini in the quarters and lost in the semis to Seles on a final set tie break. By the mid 1990s Capriati had lost motivation for the game and retired. Her life spiralled out of control and she was arrested for a drugs offence. Then, at the end of the century, Capriati attempted a comeback. At the Australian in 2000 Capriati lost in the semis to Lindsay Davenport. At the 2001 Australian Capriati beat former champions Seles, Davenport and Hingis to win her first Grand Slam title. At the French Capriati beat Serena Williams and Hingis before an epic final win against Kim Clijsters. At Wimbledon she overcame Serena Williams in a tough quarter final before losing to Justine Henin in the semis. At the US she lost in the semis to Venus Williams. At the 2002 Australian Capriati beat Amelie Mauresmo and Clijsters to make the final. There she trailed Martina Hingis by a set and 4-0 and saved four match points before winning a dramatic final. Capriati lost in the semis of the French to Serena Williams. At the US Open in 2003 Capriati lost an epic semi final to Justine Henin-Hardenne on a final set tie break. At the 2004 French Open Capriati beat Serena Williams before losing to to Anastasia Myskina in the semis. At the US Capriati beat Serena Williams before losing an epic semi to Elena Dementieva on a final set tie break. This was a fitting swansong to Capriati's career.