Eighteen year-old American Beatrice Capra (above).

Maryland native and fledgling pro Beatrice Capra, who made the main draw of the 2010 US Open because she won a qualifying tournament in April at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton which saw her awarded a wildcard, upset Croatian and world # 94 Karolina Sprem, 6-1, 6-3 in the first round, and then followed the impressive romp with a gritty upset win over 18th seeded Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai today.  For Capra, the world’s # 371 female player, the victory over Rezai represented her first over a top twenty player.  Rezai has flashed exceptional form at times this year, moving from outside the top 50 to into the top 20, and winning the Madrid championship on clay by beating Venus Williams quite handily.

Capra, content to be the retriever today, managed her game very well.  She made only 30 errors in 2 hours and 13 minutes, and pulled out the win despite losing on total points, 94-91.  Check out the match stats below:

    Rezai(FRA)   Capra(USA)
         
 
  1st Serve %
54 of 85 = 64 %
64 of 100 = 64 %
 
  Aces
3
3
 
  Double Faults
5
5
 
  Unforced Errors
49
30
 
  Winning % on 1st Serve
37 of 54 = 69 %
41 of 64 = 64 %
 
  Winning % on 2nd Serve
11 of 31 = 35 %
13 of 36 = 36 %
 
  Winners
34
18
 
  Receiving Points Won
46 of 100 = 46 %
37 of 85 = 44 %
 
  Break Point Conversions
6 of 13 = 46 %
6 of 13 = 46 %
 
  Net Approaches
11 of 13 = 85 %
8 of 14 = 57 %
 
  Total Points Won
94
91
 
  Fastest Serve Speed
111 MPH
106 MPH
 
  Average 1st Serve Speed
90 MPH
98 MPH
 
  Average 2nd Serve Speed
78 MPH
79 MPH

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/stats/day10/2203ms.html

The 49 errors surely did Rezai in, as her young American opponent only struck 18 winners, barely approached the net at all, and was topping out on her second serves in the low 80’s on the gun.  Though the win–no, wins–for Capra have been impressive and have served notice, we hope, of the arrival of a promising young American, her lack of weapons will surely be exploited for the big hitting Sharapova, who comes in to the tournament as one of the favorites to capture her 4th major, and second US Open title.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/vegas-makes-clijsters-slight-favorite-over-sharapova-to-win-3rd-open-title/

Capra, who trains at the Evert Academy under Chris Evert in Florida, may have the defensive prowess to take advantage of an off Sharapova, who is serving poorly and making a lot of errors.  But Sharapova seems to be back to a high level, and Capra has been playing all week with the house’s money. 

 Capra’s game has drawn considerable comparisons with Melanie Oudin’s, who made a Cinderalla run to the quarter-finals last year.  No such Cinderella streak for Oudin this year, who was eliminated in straights in the 2nd round by Alona Bondarenko, 6-2, 7-5, in 1 hour and 29 minutes.  Though most have cited Oudin’s accomplishments in the last 14 months when comparing her to Capra, people should keep in mind that Capra, because of her size (5’9), has a considerable edge when it comes to her serve, reach, and net coverage, and that could translate into a better upside for Capra down the road than for the diminutive Oudin.  And let’s not forget big serving Pensylvania native, Alison Riske, who burst onto the tennis scene earlier this summer during the grass court season.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/12/young-american-alison-riske-to-face-sharapova-in-semis-at-birmingham-see-videos/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/12/sharapova-gets-by-american-riske-in-birmingham-semi/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/american-melanie-oudin-upset-by-jarmila-groth-of-australia-in-round-2-wimbledon/

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)