Following this loss, Capriati decided to take a break from tennis. Capriati, unranked, played her first match in 15 months in Essen, where she reached the quarterfinals, losing to Jana Novotná in three sets.
She reached her first final in more than three years at Chicago, defeating Monica Seles en route, before losing again to Novotná in three sets.
She made her professional debut in 1990 at the age of 13 years 11 months, reaching the final of the hard-court tournament in Boca Raton, Florida.
Capriati reached the semifinals of the French Open in her debut and later became the youngest ever player to reach the top 10 at age 14 years, 235 days in October of that year.
Following a first-round loss at the 1993 US Open, Capriati took a 14-month break from competitive pro tennis.
Her personal struggles during this time (including arrests for shoplifting and possession of marijuana) were well-documented by the press.
In 1998, Capriati won her first Grand Slam singles match in five years at Wimbledon.
During the next two years, Capriati slowly returned to championship form, winning her first title in six years in Strasbourg in 1999 and regaining a top-20 ranking.
1 Monica Seles in a third set tie-breaker in final of San Diego, and Katerina Maleeva in straight sets in the final of Toronto.At the 2001 Australian Open, the reinvigorated Capriati became the lowest seed ever to win the championship when she defeated Martina Hingis in straight sets for her first Grand Slam championship.She also won the French Open that year, claiming the Women's Tennis Association No. After successfully defending her Australian Open title in 2002, Capriati became a top-10 mainstay until injuries derailed her career in 2004.After this victory Capriati entered the world's top 10.
She qualified for the WTA Championships, narrowly losing to Graf in the first round in three sets.Capriati next defended her title in San Diego, defeating Conchita Martínez in the final, the only time that Capriati won back-to-back singles titles during her career.