American upstart Beatrice Capra (above).

Eighteenth seeded Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai, who at times has looked unstoppable over the past few months, was not so impressed with the woman who pulled the surprising upset victory over her in round 2 of the US Open, Beatrice Capra.  Of Capra, Rezai would say in her tortured english:

“I play better than her,” Rezai said. “I did a lot of good winners, but not regularly.

“She did nothing very exceptional. Not many winners. There was a lot of lucky balls, a lot of balls on the line – so many small points like this.”

Sour grapes on the part of Rezai?  Maybe a little, but I’m usually not one to slam players for telling the truth.  Capra only managed 18 winners versus Rezai, and held serve an awful 6 out 15 times.  But Capra’s defensive skills, combined with Rezai’s errors, added up to the improbable win for Capra, the 18 year-old Maryland product who trains at the Evert academy.

Maria Sharapova, 14th seed, and former US Open Champion, handled Capra’s weak game and lack of weapons with aplomb today, handing the youngster what will no doubt be the worst loss, score-wise, in her career, 6-0, 6-0 in 1 hour and 13 minutes.  Capra hit only 3 winners in 73 minutes, and one of those winners was her only ace.  As we have discussed, Capra at least has the chance to add some closing shots to her game and some bang to her serve, considering that 5’9 frame of hers.

Though some said the same thing about the ultra defensive Jelena Jankovic, who we are still waiting on, when we talk about your classic popgun player finally developing some finish.  Today it was 31st seeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi who took the action to Jankovic, ending her latest improbable quest for a major, and denying Jankovic a spot in the 2nd week at The Open for a 2nd straight year.

Here are the match stats:

Jankovic(SRB)   Kanepi(EST)
  1st Serve %
60 of 87 = 69 %
44 of 64 = 69 %
  Double Faults
  Unforced Errors
  Winning % on 1st Serve
27 of 60 = 45 %
29 of 44 = 66 %
  Winning % on 2nd Serve
15 of 27 = 56 %
11 of 20 = 55 %
  Receiving Points Won
24 of 64 = 38 %
45 of 87 = 52 %
  Break Point Conversions
3 of 4 = 75 %
5 of 14 = 36 %
  Net Approaches
6 of 12 = 50 %
10 of 12 = 83 %
  Total Points Won
  Fastest Serve Speed
110 MPH
109 MPH
  Average 1st Serve Speed
92 MPH
91 MPH
  Average 2nd Serve Speed
79 MPH
84 MPH

Thirteen winners in 1 hour and 48 minutes?  One ace?  For Jankovic, a former world # 1–though the ranking was more a product of serious injuries to Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, and the temporary retirements of Belgians Clijsters and Henin–the loss marked her participation in 30 majors with no major titles.

We always have seriously doubted whether she has major champion’s stock.  In fact, we’re convinced she’ll never win a major.  As they say, you are only as good as your second serve.  For Jankovic, despite 5 major semi-final appearances and one US Open final appearance, she may throw the worst 2nd ball in the women’s game.

Jankovic has advanced past the round of 16 only once in her last 8 majors (2010 at Roland Garros).

–Crack (,