Tennis: Capriati still upbeat

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The Independent Online
Jennifer Capriati lost on the old Center Court 6-1, 6-2 to the No. 7 seed, Conchita Martinez, in the US Open first round on Tuesday, but said she will not let let the defeat get her down.

Capriati said: "I don't think I'm 100 per cent of where I was when I was at the top of my game. But I think I'm getting better. I lacked in fitness and stamina. That adds to not having a lot of confidence. If you feel great, physically, you feel like you can get to a lot more balls and play longer points."

She added: "Everything was positive. I was happy I could be there. It's taken a lot. I just want to reach my full potential and see where that takes me. Hopefully, if I just get myself in shape and stay positive, I'll just get over that hump. Just winning one round is going to boost my confidence so much. I still think I can do it."

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