FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – And now Cinderella has turned into a pumpkin.
The hopeful and engaging run of Beatrice Capra ended today after the 18 year-old was shutout by Maria Sharapova , 6-0 6-0. Yet, this probably isn’t the last we have heard from the young Maryland native, as she learned so much from this past week.
“It’s been a really great experience,” she said. “I mean, it’s nothing but positives for me. I mean, I beat a top 20 player in the world. I had a really good first round.
“I mean, playing against Maria in Arthur Ashe, yeah, I’d like to do better, but, you know, that was amazing.”
You really have to hope Capra becomes a mainstay on the open. Even at a young age, she shows a tremendous poise beyond her years and somewhat of a sarcastic sense of humor, not taking herself too seriously.
But decisions have to be made in the Capra household. This young lady deferred her attendance to Duke for one year and may go the college route, instead of devoting herself to the pros.
“I’d like to improve my professional ranking a little bit,” she said. “And so by the time I go into college, you know, they said that they’re going to allow me to play some pro tournaments while I’m at college.
“Even if I just go to a semester of college and leave, I’m always able to go back. So I think that’s definitely a plus.”
Of course Capra has a strong support system in her family who were all on hand today. “My entire family is behind me,” she said. “I have a lot of ‑‑ my two best friends actually, it’s their first year from college ‑‑ or to college, and they flew over to come watch me play today, which was really nice.
“You know, they all helped me get through everything, you know, the rough times and the good times. I definitely think having, you know, my whole family together really helps me stay grounded.”
And then there’s Chris Everett, who is always there, as Capra is a member of her academy.
“Well, before the match she said to enjoy the moment, but that was kind of tough today,” Capra said drawing laughter from the media. “Um, you know, just control my emotions, don’t ever give up. I know she was really good with that. And, you know, move my feet when I get nervous. And she always has the right things to say for me when I’m feeling nervous. She’s always helped out a lot.”
Unfortunately all of that help and support didn’t do anything for the young player today, as the high winds combined with Sharapova took over.
“Yeah, that was the worst [wind],” she said. “It was really tough for me, not only because it was swirling when you’re playing, but also, like, just focusing with that, like all the lets that we had and you know. Yeah, it was really rough today.”