‘Cheated and Robbed’ – Serena Williams Once Revealed Immense Disappointment After an Unfortunate Loss to Jennifer Capriati

Published 06/16/2022, 3:12 AM EDT

Serena Williams is a fierce competitor on the tennis court. She leaves no stones unturned to overcome her opponents. While the American legend has attained massive success in her tennis career, she has had some infamous incidents during her matches. One such incident occurred during the quarterfinals of the 2004 US Open.

The younger Williams sister was up against Jennifer Capriati in the last-eight clash. It was an intriguing rivalry between the two. Earlier that year, Capriati had defeated Serena at the French Open while Serena prevailed over Capriati at Wimbledon. However, their match at the US Open involved a controversial moment.

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Serena Williams on her infamous match against Jennifer Capriati

As Serena served at deuce midway through the match, she hit a backhand shot that according to many, was clearly in. However, to everyone’s surprise, the chair umpire, Mariana Alves, overturned the linesperson’s call and gifted the point to Capriati.

Subsequently, Serena expressed her anger at the chair umpire’s decision and later revealed how she was “cheated and robbed.” Further, talking about the match, Serena went on to say, “At first I thought it was another Wimbledon conspiracy. I thought [Alves] just got the score wrong, and I wanted to clarify that I had won the point because I know my shots and I saw the ball. And I knew it was in. I said, ‘OK. Wait a minute now. I just want to make sure the score was right and it was my advantage.’ ”

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her Women’s Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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Moreover, she went on to add, “I know my shots and I know when I make them and why I miss them. That’s why I never complain.” Capriati ended Serena’s run in the quarterfinals of that tournament. However, she lost against Elena Dementieva in the semifinals.

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Recently, the 23-time Grand Slam champion announced her comeback after a lengthy injury layoff. Serena will play doubles with Ons Jabeur of Tunisia at the next week’s Eastbourne International.

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Later this month, she will participate at Wimbledon after receiving a wildcard entry into the singles event.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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