Beatrice Capra


Coco Vandeweghe (above).

Curr Prev Name DOB Nation Rank pts Tours
1 1 Williams, Serena 26/09/81 USA 6995 14
3 3 Williams, Venus 17/06/80 USA 5795 15
59 61 Mattek-sands, Bethanie 23/03/85 USA 1017 16
69 68 Oudin, Melanie 23/09/91 USA 922 23
78 80 King, Vania 03/02/89 USA 835 24
87 96 Lepchenko, Varvara 21/05/86 USA 761 24
106 110 Mchale, Christina 11/05/92 USA 656 21
113 172 Vandeweghe, Coco 06/12/91 USA 617 21
122 121 Craybas, Jill 04/07/74 USA 577 29
146 142 Hampton, Jamie 08/01/90 USA 446 23
149 147 Riske, Alison 03/07/90 USA 441 28
168 168 Cohen, Julia 23/03/89 USA 368 39
185 184 Brengle, Madison 03/04/90 USA 312 29
186 174 Perry, Shenay 06/07/84 USA 310 16
196 188 Osterloh, Lilia 07/04/78 USA 288 23
199 194 Lee-waters, Lindsay 28/06/77 USA 285 26
211 211 Capra, Beatrice 06/04/92 USA 261 12
221 219 Stephens, Sloane 20/03/93 USA 246 12
234 238 Albanese, Lauren 01/10/89 USA 230 27
261 274 Spears, Abigail 12/07/81 USA 195 18
281 288 Falconi, Irina 04/05/90 USA 177 8
282 286 Couts, Kimberly 09/05/89 USA 177 24
284 256 Glatch, Alexa 10/09/89 USA 175 17
308 336 Ditty, Julie 04/01/79 USA 149 16
311 315 Rolle, Ahsha 21/03/85 USA 148 15
322 325 Elie, Jennifer 22/09/86 USA 140 17
324 335 Boserup, Julia 09/09/91 USA 138 16
337 342 Stevenson, Alexandra 21/12/80 USA 131 26
338 344 Rogers, Shelby 13/10/92 USA 129 14
340 343 Washington, Mashona 31/05/76 USA 129 19
345 346 Gullickson, Carly 26/11/86 USA 126 17
363 361 Gibbs, Nicole 03/03/93 USA 109 12
378 374 Cako, Jacqueline 30/08/91 USA 101 15
379 375 Granville, Laura 12/05/81 USA 100 6
381 377 Harkins, Macall 05/02/86 USA 99 16
389 382 Litvak, Lena 15/11/88 USA 97 25
404 396 Hsu, Connie Chieh-yu 14/01/92 USA 90 17
416 440 Mueller, Alexandra 14/02/88 USA 84 14
436 436 Hardebeck, Krista 14/09/94 USA 75 4
457 457 Haynes, Angela 27/09/84 USA 69 17
465 498 Brodsky, Gail 05/06/91 USA 67 8
466 437 Muhammed, Asia 04/04/91 USA 67 11
472 491 Fink, Amanda 04/12/86 USA 66 19
488 519 Weinhold, Ashley 20/06/89 USA 63 13

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/RankingsNSingles/0,,12781~0~193,00.html

Great to see Vandeweghe climb, and the state of the American women’s game seems to be improving, in terms of our young players.  We really like Allison Riske (# 149), Vandeweghe, Madison Brengle (# 185), and Irina Falconi (# 281).  Obviously Beatrice Capra impressed us at the US Open, despite her lack of weapons.  Speaking of which, the Oudin clan can’t be happy with Melanie’s progress, or lack thereof, as she now finds herself out of the main draw at tournaments with a 56 girl field.  Oudin is # 69 right now, and it is our feeling that some of the taller young Americans will be passing her by because of Oudin’s lack of power and weak first serve.

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

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U-S-A!!!!!!

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Rising American Coco Vandeweghe (above).

Californian by way of New York City, world # 172 Coco Vandeweghe, still just 19, is in the midst of her best week ever as a pro.  On Monday, Vandeweghe, the niece of former New York Knicks’ player and Nets’ general manager, Kiki Vandeweghe, upset world # 37 Klara Zakopalova 6-4, 7-6 (6) at the Toray Women’s Championships in Japan. 

Vandeweghe gained her 2nd most important victory as a professional on Tuesday when she defeated world # 18, Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai, 6-4, 6-4.  Earlier this year, Vandeweghe upset Wimbledon and US Open ladies singles finalist Vera Zvonareva, to reach her first ever quarter-final on the main tour, which she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Mercury Insurance Open on hardcourts.  Rezai has had little luck with young Americans of late.  She was also eliminated in the 2nd round of the US Open by young American Beatrice Capra of Maryland.

The Iranian born Rezai displayed poor sportsmanship in Flushing by denigrating Capra after the match.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/baltimores-beatrice-capra-to-face-sharapova-in-round-3-at-the-open/

As for Vandeweghe, her form seemed to improve further with her 3rd round defeat of world # 42 Julia Goerges of Germany, treating Frau Goerges to a bagel in the 2nd set of her 6-3, 6-0 victory.  Vandeweghe has now made her 2nd quarter-final on the main tour this year, and is yet to drop a set this week.  Of course, we’ll be pulling for her tomorrow.

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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.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2010/09/03/2010-09-03_beatrice_capra_is_2010_version_of_melanie_oudin_the_american_darling_of_flushing.html

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.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/baltimores-beatrice-capra-to-face-sharapova-in-round-3-at-the-open/

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 %
 
  Aces
1
2
 
  Double Faults
3
2
 
  Unforced Errors
41
37
 
  Winning % on 1st Serve
27 of 60 = 45 %
29 of 44 = 66 %
 
  Winning % on 2nd Serve
15 of 27 = 56 %
11 of 20 = 55 %
 
  Winners
13
19
 
  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
66
85
 
  Fastest Serve Speed
110 MPH
109 MPH
 
  Average 1st Serve Speed
92 MPH
91 MPH
 
  Average 2nd Serve Speed
79 MPH
84 MPH

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/stats/day12/2305ms.html

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

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)