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Jennifer Capriati's Hope for Tennis Grand Slam Ends

Aired July 5, 2001 - 10:29   ET

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BRIAN NELSON, CNN ANCHOR: Jennifer Capriati's hope for grand slam at Wimbledon after -- at Wimbledon today has pretty much evaporated. She lost in three straight sets today to Justine Henin, a 19-year-old from Belgium. And I think we have a news conference underway by Jennifer Capriati. She's, this is live right now so let's join in and listen to her.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

QUESTION: Was the success of this year as much fun as maybe you once dreamed it might be when you would you were a kid, just pure fun?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI, PRO TENNIS PLAYER: Yes. I mean, actually, just the feeling of winning the grand slams, I mean it was everything that I thought it would be and dreamed of. Of course, it happened in a little bit later time in a different way and sort of like a real comeback way. But, you know, actually just winning is what I dreamed of.

QUESTION: How would you compare, how would you compare ending this game with other teenage finalists?

CAPRIATI: With other teenage what?

QUESTION: Finalists, people to reach the final at a similar age. How would you rate her game?

CAPRIATI: Well, I don't know, how old is Kim? She's about the same age. Yeah. I mean I don't think there's going to be too many more 18-year-olds or even younger than that that are just going to be reaching the finals of grand slams.

QUESTION: And in the past?

CAPRIATI: In the past?

QUESTION: Yeah, with other people of her age who've reached the final?

CAPRIATI: I mean, obviously you've got to be pretty good to reach the finals and you've got to have some talent and know how to play tennis and just because the games are different, I mean, it doesn't mean one's better or the other. It's just completely different but all good. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you all very much, indeed.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you.

NELSON: It's a dark one today for Jennifer Capriati, hoping for a grand slam with a victory at Wimbledon. It didn't happen. She lost in three sets to Justine Henin, a 19-year-old from Belgium. So that ends her attempt to get a big comeback with a grand slam.

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