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Aug 27th, 2003 11:20 AM
Doc Capriati Struggles to Edge Out Bovina
Wed August 20, 2003 11:31 PM ET

By Barry Wood
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Reuters) -

Jennifer Capriati fought off a gallant challenge from Russia's Elena Bovina to reach the quarter-finals of the Pilot Pen Classic on Wednesday.

While the American's 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, victory took two hours 11-minutes to complete, Daniela Hantuchova spent a lot less time on court as her dismal year continued when she was bounced out by Zimbabwean qualifier Cara Black.

Capriati's match featured tennis of the highest quality as Bovina came out firing on all cylinders and put the third seed under pressure with her fierce groundstokes and willingness to come to the net at every opportunity.

Her adventurous approach had Capriati struggling and the American was forced to dig deep to stay in contention.

Although Capriati recovered an early break when the Russian served at 5-3, Bovina broke for a second time to take the opening set.

In the second set, Capriati forced a backhand error to lead 5-4 and although she failed to serve out, a second break to love allowed her to serve again to level the match.

That seemed to deflate her disappointed opponent and Bovina appeared tired in the final set, making a succession of errors as Capriati continued to pound her groundstrokes.

Despite being seven years older than her 20-year old opponent, the American looked the fitter of the two in the final stages and set up match point with a magnificent pass down the line.

"I think I made up for a lot of the match play I've missed in the last two weeks (because of injury)," Capriati said.

"I'm glad that I did win. If I'd have lost it would have been disappointing going into the U.S. Open."
Aug 24th, 2003 02:00 PM
Doc Thanks for the reports on Lena's match. Eurosport didn't show Lena at all........
Aug 22nd, 2003 02:12 AM
goldenlox I finished watching the Lena - Jenn match, and WOW, I wasn't disappointed.
I think if Lena stays healthy she'll make the Olympic team. And I think she's going to be the Russian #1.
And I think she can win majors.
Not only great play from Lena, but so much potential to improve.
Her decision making, her movement, fitness.
Lena is going to be awesome.
Aug 21st, 2003 11:07 PM
goldenlox I'm watching Lena's match and at 2-0, they go to commercial.
When they come back, it's the second set. Those creeps!
Mary Joe said the best part of Lena's game is that 2-handed down-the-line backhand. She's impressed with how low Lena gets.
The match strategy is to attack Jenn's second serve and get to the net.
I was so mad it's the second set, I turned it off for now.
Aug 21st, 2003 07:32 PM
gie They said that numerous times last night also.

It's surprising how much respect they gave Lena. Usually they just say "the Russian girl hits another winner".
Aug 21st, 2003 07:19 PM
goldenlox Mary Joe Fernandez said today that last night Lena played like a top 10 player.
She did everything well. She served well, volleyed well. And was waxing winners.
Aug 21st, 2003 03:00 PM
gie It's nice to see these nice comments about Lena... she's finally getting the respect she deserves.

A great match from both players. They both played well, and Jen was just that little bit better on the big points.

But, when do you ever see Jen, a player who enjoys power, be controlled like that? With the exception of Serena, nobody can control play like Lena did today.

For most of the 2nd and 3rd, that was the best I've seen Jen play in quite a while. Lena played well also... not her best though, as her match vs. Coetzer last week was better... and she still tends to go for too much sometimes. At least Lena's movement seems to be back now.

It hurt to see Lena lose, and especially how she was disappointed after the match... but she has NOTHING to hang her head on. She was exhausted in the 3rd, and she kept fighting.

This match proved Lena can go toe-to-toe with a solid Top 10 player who is on her game.

Hats off to both players for a great match.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Jen win New Haven now.

As for Lena... she should be full of confidence, and ready to have another GREAT US Open.
Aug 21st, 2003 07:18 AM
Jordan. Lena
Aug 21st, 2003 04:02 AM
Originally Posted by jean_genie

Is she fully recovered from the mono?? Maybe she got tired, ran out of gas. Anyway, better luck at the USOpen. Go Lena!!!
When I talked with her in Toronto, she was very happy that she finally feels strong now. She said she was very weak during Wimbledon, and she trying to eat as much as possible to feel stronger... (and for those who have seen her before, she always ate like a pig before that )

I'll have more about this when I finally upload my pics from Toronto, and write my full report.
Aug 21st, 2003 03:45 AM
jean_genie Lena.

Is she fully recovered from the mono?? Maybe she got tired, ran out of gas. Anyway, better luck at the USOpen. Go Lena!!!
Aug 21st, 2003 02:21 AM
goldenlox Lena lost 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Because the match took more than two hours and ESPN has long commercial breaks, we won't get to see all of it.
Still, I want to see the last few games of each set.
Good luck in Queens.
Aug 20th, 2003 11:20 PM
jean_genie Go Lena!! Take a win over Capriati
Aug 20th, 2003 10:16 PM
goldenlox Pam Shriver said Lena has the opposite body type of Casanova.
What kind of bizarro world is Pam living in?
Anyway, Lena is fortunate to play a night match.
This tournament looks brutal on the players. Hot and humid.
Aug 20th, 2003 01:24 PM
Roxers Good Luck against Jen, Lena! YOU CAN DO IT
Aug 20th, 2003 01:27 AM
goldenlox Yeah, Lena has to be on the 1AM show.
All hail the power of Jenn.
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