Can I just say - this certainly explains all the taping Lindsay's got at the moment
Davenport, Capriati Win, Clijsters Falls in LA Open
Wed Aug 7, 3:29 AM ET
By Barry Wood
MANHATTAN BEACH, California (Reuters) - Kim Clijsters was beaten, defending champion Lindsay Davenport ( news - profile - photos) was taken to three sets, but Jennifer Capriati breezed through her second round match of the Los Angeles Open Tuesday.
Fifth-seeded Clijsters slumped 6-4 2-6 6-4 to Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik, blaming fatigue after reaching the final of Stanford and quarter-finals of San Diego in the last two weeks, where she fell both times to Venus Williams ( news - web sites).
Davenport, seeded three but still feeling her way back after missing most of the 2002 season after undergoing knee surgery, battled to hold off Russia's Elena Bovina 6-2 6-7 6-3.
But second seed Capriati took just 56 minutes to overwhelm Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland 6-1 6-2.
Clijsters's game only briefly caught fire, as she won 11 straight points to build a 4-1 lead in the second set, and for the rest of the match she struggled to find any rhythm.
There was some consolation, though, in her defeat to the opponent who also beat her in the 1998 Wimbledon ( news - web sites) junior final. It means she can rest before competing in Montreal next week.
"I've played a lot of matches lately and I think I'm getting a little bit tired," Clijsters said. "Of course, it's not nice to lose, but I think I need a few days off now to recover from everything.
"I had a few chances to break her in the first set and those are the points you have to make. But I didn't. She played some good tennis and played well at the important moments."
Davenport is also feeling the consequences of her drastic increase in workload. After injury she followed Fed Cup duty in July with reaching the semi-finals of her first two tournaments back, at Stanford and San Diego.
"I feel terrible," said the Californian. "I have more tape on my body now than I've ever had, but it's important to me to play all these tournaments because they're close to my home.
"There's no doubt it takes a toll on you physically. I've got tendinitis back in my left wrist and I pulled my left groin last weekend. It's the result of playing too much. My body's not used to it."
Capriati, playing the event for the first time, had mixed feelings over the brevity of her match which conserved energy but provided few pointers to her current form.
"I started off really well and played well throughout the match," said Capriati. "But I don't think I was really tested enough to see if there was something that wasn't really on."
In other matches, Japan's Ai Sugiyama and Janette Husarova of Slovakia claimed first round victories, and 16th seed Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand reached the third round with a 3-6 7-6 6-1 victory over American Amy Frazier