Jennifer Capriati seems to be ready to make a big impression at the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Flushing Meadow, New York. The New Yorker has already won two Grand Slam events this year, but is doing what she can to keep a low profile at her home event.
Capriati's life story reads like - and probably will be - a film script. From child prodigy to a dramatic fall from grace, and then the comeback of comebacks. It's been an emotional rollercoaster ride, and her wins in Australia and France have made her the most talked about tennis star of the year, outdoing even the Williams sisters. Her reward is to be seeded number two at the venue where she reached the semifinals as a 15-year-old. And she looks good for it, easing past Amanda Hopmans from Holland, 6-2, 6-1. Despite all the attention, she is keeping things in perspective.
"I feel comfortable. I feel confident," Capriati said. "Really I'm not feeling any pressure. You know, I feel like I'm playing well, and when I know that I'm playing well, you know, that sort of takes the pressure off. I just have the attitude that whatever happens, happens. I've had a great year already and no one's gonna take away what I've done."
She's certainly in the running along with Venus and Serena, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport and others in a wide open women's draw.