Anastasia Myskina V Jennifer Capriati
Match report - Richard Paveley
Brave Anastasia out of Wimbledon
Anastasia Myskina is out of Wimbledon after a 6-2 6-3 defeat to Jennifer
This was always going to be a tough match for Nastya, Jennifer's overall
power and guile would prove a tough test for even
the best players in the world. So from an
outsiders viewpoint the outcome was perhaps not a surprise.
The match itself was delayed by 90minutes due to the heavy rain that swamped
SW19 all morning and this delay was not what Nastya had wanted. The
threat of impending rain all the way
throughout the match was a distraction to both
players, Jennifer in the end handled it the better of the two.
Anastasia needed a good start to calm her obvious nerves but she got the
complete opposite. Losing her serve all the way to 0-4 the first set
flew by and a possible 0-6 was not out of the
question. Credit to Capriati tho, she didnt play
great but what she did do was play solidly and keep the unforced errors to
a minimum, especially on the big points.
Nastya was becoming visibly aggitated and frustrated with her game but she
dug in and began to find her feet as the set went
on. Eventually after a mini revival she lost the
first set 6-2. The next set though would prove to be a
After the disasterous start which Nastya endured in the first set her main
priority would be to avoid the same during the early stages of the
new set.Nastya held her serve well this time round
and began to increase the pressure on Capriati,
the fightback it seemed was on the cards.
Unfortunately the Unforced errors on the forehand side began to increase,
especially on vital points. Along with it though she began to losen
up and find a few more of those elusive winners
that she desperatley needed. Hitting some great
shots along the way she started to compete with Jennifer and the match was
beginning to develop into a good battle.
Increasingly longer rallies, clever drop shots and some good first serves
kept Nastya within reach of Capriati but Jennifer
broke halfway through the set and altho she gave
it her all, Anastasia couldnt break back. With the score 5-3 to
JCap and Nastya serving, the skys around Wimbledon began to darken
and spots of rain began to fall. Desperate to
avoid another rain delay Myskina rushed through
her serve and the points knowing deep down the match was over.
With the rain falling the final point was played out with a delighted
Jennifer coming out victorious.
A strange end to match which was always going to be a struggle for
Nastya but in the end she can have no complaints
with the outcome.