The result: While the Williamses continued their Grand Slam routine of predicting victory and then gagging—Serena's three-set third-round loss to Fernandez ended with a 6-0 surrender and a racket smashed against a chair—Capriati snuck up on the draw and recharged her career. In the process, the woman so often held up (by the Williams family as much as anyone) as the poster child for tennis's ills provided the brash sisters with a good example.
"The last word is really the tennis," Capriati says. "Any other thing I do or say doesn't matter; it always gets twisted around. So really the best way for me to talk is with my racket."