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May 12th, 2004, 10:14 PM
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ROME (AP) _ Jennifer Capriati and Amelie Mauresmo won comfortably at the Italian Open on Wednesday. The biggest challenge for both was something they're fairly uncomfortable doing: coming to the net.

The fifth-seeded Capriati dismissed Venezuela's Maria Vento-Kabchi 6-2, 6-1 in just 45 minutes, before No. 2 Mauresmo faced some resistance in the first set but ultimately prevailed against childhood rival Nathalie Dechy 7-5, 6-3.

Capriati acknowledged that it seemed like she ``didn't have to do much.''

Asked what she was working on, the three-time major champion said: ``trying to be aggressive when I can and move forward.''

``Even if I'm not going to the net, kind of follow the shot through to the net, even if it's a winner or not,'' she added.

It's not easy to get to the net or play aggressively on the slow, red clay courts of Rome. Especially for baseliners like Capriati, Mauresmo and nearly every other player on tour these days.

Unlike most others, however, Capriati and Mauresmo have incredibly powerful groundstrokes. Strokes that can often set up easy net approaches and volleys.

Mauresmo stepped up her game _ and began moving forward more _ when she broke to go up 6-5 in the first set.

``I think that was the time I really adjusted myself to the conditions and to this match,'' she said. ``After that I was really more effective and really going forward a little bit more, because I was staying back a little bit too much at the beginning.''

Two highly seeded players lost Wednesday: No. 3 Anastasia Myskina and No. 4 Nadia Petrova.

Elena Likhovtseva beat Myskina 7-5, 1-6, 6-3, and local wild-card entry Flavia Pennetta came back to defeat Petrova 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Pennetta had the home crowd behind her, but she was not giving the fans much to cheer for in the first set.

``'Mamma mia, I'm really doing badly,''' she said she told herself.

``I was hurrying too much early on. But in the second set I realized that the harder I was hitting the more she was winning, so I decided to keep the rallies going longer, spend more energy running and she lost it in her head,'' the Italian said. ``That was the key to the match.''

Capriati, who like Mauresmo had a first-round bye, dominated her match from start to finish.

``Practice in the beginning is what I probably will need later on against the other top players,'' Capriati said.

Her best result of 2004 came last week, when she reached the German Open semifinals before losing to eventual champion Mauresmo.

In Rome's third round, Capriati faces No. 12 Paola Suarez, a 6-2, 7-5 winner against Tatiana Golovin. Mauresmo next plays No. 13 Conchita Martinez, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 winner against Karolina Sprem.

In other matches Wednesday, No. 7 Ai Sugiyama defeated Mary Pierce 6-2, 6-4, No. 9 Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Marta Marrero 6-0, 6-4, and Dally Randriantefy ousted fellow qualifier Vera Douchevina 6-0, 6-3. Randriantefy now faces top-seeded Serena Williams at the tuneup for the French Open, which starts May 24.


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Ballbuster
May 12th, 2004, 10:17 PM
I'm sure Cappy and Serena both are looking forward to meeting each other. They both need match play that only those two can provide.

Mase
May 12th, 2004, 11:32 PM
I'm sure Cappy and Serena both are looking forward to meeting each other. They both need match play that only those two can provide.
Agreed.

JenCpLvr
May 13th, 2004, 03:23 AM
agreed again :D

bigshow21
May 13th, 2004, 03:26 AM
I agree too!!! Good luck Jen and kick some ass!!!!!