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No raining on Capriati's parade

Dark clouds and rain hung over the US Open on Monday but Jennifer Capriati had a far different forecast after slogging out a 6-2 7-5 fourth round win over Elena Dementieva.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2003 00:11 IST
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Dark clouds and rain hung over the US Open on Monday but Jennifer Capriati had a far different forecast after slogging out a 6-2 7-5 fourth round win over Elena Dementieva.

Throughout a roller-coaster career Capriati has endured many stormy days but the sixth seed said she was currently enjoying nothing but sunny skies having once again put her house in order.

"It's like a cycle, it just goes over-and-over, if it's not one thing, it's another thing," the sixth seed said.

"I just learned that you can't expect everything to be perfect and work out the way you want.

"Sometimes I don't even understand the kind of moods that I go in and out. I'm just happy for what I have ... no complaints. I shouldn't complain at all.

"I don't have to prove anything to myself, to anybody or myself. I realised that I've achieved a lot, at least in my tennis, my career.

"That's one less worry."

Certainly the 27 year-old American has endured far tougher challenges throughout her life than a tedious fourth round match that lasted one hour 12 minutes but spanned six hours 37 minutes because of interruptions.

REMARKABLE CONTRAST

Capriati's career has been one of remarkable contrast that has seen her go from a 13 year-old tennis child prodigy to convicted drug user to three-time grand slam champion.

Recently, tough times on court had returned to test Capriati has she endured a 28 tournament winless streak that stretched back to the 2002 Australian Open, until it was snapped with a victory at the Pilot Pen on the eve of the US Open.

In the intervening years, Capriati has also spent considerable time and effort putting her personal life in order, patching up a once volatile relationship with her father and putting a stormy romance with Xavier Malisse behind her.

She has also learned to come to grips with her celebrity status and pressures that accompany fame.

"I was getting hurt by a few relationships here and there," Capriati said.

"That was difficult. So I learned how to get through that, cope with those kind of things.

"Really I'm just a human like everyone else. Probably going to have more problems because of who I am, what I do.

"But you can't take things too personally that's what I've learned."

First Published: Sep 03, 2003 00:11 IST