Williams wins, Capriati loses in Dubai
February 25, 2004
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Venus Williams
' return from injury was a success. Jennifer Capriati
's was not.
Williams beat Alicia Molik
6-3, 6-4 Wednesday to reach the Dubai Open quarterfinals, while Capriati lost to Eleni Daniilidou
6-4, 7-6 (2).
Williams was playing her first competitive match in three weeks after a right leg injury.
``It was one of my most exciting wins ... because of all the hurdles I've been through. I wanted to go out there and play, without being injured or in pain,'' said Williams, a four-time major champion. ``My leg is a lot better. It's not 100 percent, but I was able to do much more than before.''
Capriati, who was out with a bad back, saved three match points at 5-3 in the second set before losing her first match of the year.
``I was a little rusty, movementwise,'' the third-seeded Capriati said. ``I was fairly fatigued at the end. A third set would have been too much for me.'' It was Daniilidou's first victory in four matches against Capriati. In other matches, fourth-seeded Anastasia Myskina
defeated Magui Serna
6-1, 6-4, fifth-seeded Ai Sugiyama
beat Nicole Pratt
6-2, 6-2, and eighth-seeded Conchita Martinez
overpowered Maria Elena Camerin 6-2, 6-2.