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Capriati hangs on to reach second round

Capriati hangs on to reach second round

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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Jennifer Capriati isn't having more trouble with her eyes, just her aggressiveness.

Capriati, who had eye surgery last December, wasn't as aggressive as she would have liked Tuesday. But she was good enough to beat Marie-Gairneh Mikaelian 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the second round of the Bausch & Lomb Championships.

"I was a little hesitant out there on the clay in the beginning because it was just my first match,'' Capriati said after her first appearance in this tournament since 1999. "My footing wasn't exactly where I wanted it to be.

"I think I had a lot of opportunities to be more aggressive and go to the net, and I didn't. Hopefully, the next match I'll be more aggressive.''

Capriati (No. 3) was one of seven seeded players in action Tuesday, and the first six won their matches. No. 2 Lindsay Davenport beat Nicole Pratt 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 Daniela Hantuchova beat Akiko Morigami 7-5, 6-2; No. 8 Amanda Coetzer beat Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, No. 12 Lisa Raymond beat Julia Vakulenko 6-1, 3-6, 6-1; No. 14 Clarisa Fernandez beat Jill Craybas 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2; and No. 16 Alexandra Stevenson beat Els Callens 7-5, 6-3.

Capriati, ranked No. 6 in the world, was successful when she went to the net but charged sparingly. She committed 33 unforced errors and needed 1 hour, 49 minutes to beat Mikaelian, the world's 37th ranked player.

"Actually, I think it's good for me to have a tough match like that because it's my first match on the clay, so I wanted to try to get as much match play as possible,'' Capriati said. "I was happy it didn't go to the third set. I think it was just enough for me.''

This is just the second tournament that Capriati has played this year in which she's felt completely healthy. She underwent surgery to fix recurring sunspots and blurred vision in her eyes following the season-ending championships in November, but her recovery period took longer than expected.

Capriati lost her opening matches in Sydney and the Australian Open in January. She was scheduled to play in Tokyo the next week, but withdrew because she was still having some trouble with her eyes.
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