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Coetzer still confident she can compete with young guns,Oliva VS Coetzer the final
Coetzer sweeps Loit to make final in Acapulco
March 1, 2003
SportsLine.com wire reports
ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Amanda Coetzer of South Africa beat France's Emilie Loit 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the final of the Mexican Open on Saturday.
Coetzer will face Mariana Diaz-Oliva of Argentina. Diaz-Oliva defeated Shinobu Asagoe of Japan 6-1, 6-7 (7-5), 6-1 in a match that featured several long rallies.
Coetzer, the second-seeded player and No. 23 in the world, used a deceptively speedy serve to put away Loit in just 1 hour, 12 minutes. Her serves climbed to maximum speeds near 88 mph and overcame a steady breeze that carried both players' long shots out of bounds.
"I've worked hard with my game to adapt and stay with the younger players," said Coetzer, who won the Mexican Open in 2001. "I still feel like I'm at my peak physically. I feel young and ready to compete with anyone."
Loit, 23, used a crushing but accurate forehand to hug the court's corners early and break her opponent's serve for a 2-1 lead in the first set. But Coetzer, 31, responded with shutout victories in three straight games against Loit, the seventh seed and world No. 55.
Loit again took an early advantage in the second set, but Coetzer broke her serve twice as she put the match away.
As the sun set behind the palm trees ringing center court, Diaz-Oliva came within a double-fault of a shutout victory in the first set.
Asagoe struggled to find her game early. She landed solid shots throughout most of the exhausting second set, but tired in the third.
Asagoe sat down for about 10 extra minutes and had a trainer massage her left leg toward the end of the final set. She looked afraid to put much weight on the leg during the match's last four games and doctors said she was suffering from heat-related cramps.
In men's doubles, Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and Canadian Daniel Nestor beat the Spanish duo of David Ferrer and Fernando Vicente 6-3, 6-3 to win the championship.
On the woman's side, Loit teamed with Asa Svensson of Sweden to top Slovakians Tina Krizan and Katarina Srebotnik, 6-4, 6-2 and advance to the final. The pair will meet Hungary's Petra Mandula and Austrian Patricia Wartusch on Sunday.