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1992-Jen strikes gold

This thread will cover jne's third year on tour-a troubled year where she nonetheless had her first great title-the gold medal in Barcelona


TENNIS / AUSTRALIAN OPEN Patrick McEnroe, Lendl, Capriati Win First-Round Matches
The Los Angeles Times Jan 13, 1992;


Jennifer Capriati completed her center-court debuts in Grand Slam championships with an impressive show. Seeking to go beyond her semifinal finishes at the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the French Open, the 15-year-old swept Ukraine's Natalia Medvedeva, 6-2, 6-0, in 44 minutes.

"I thought the crowd was cool," she said.
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2nd round

It was a great day for Americans at the wind-swept Australian Open.

Led by Michael Chang, Jim Courier and Jennifer Capriati, 13 Americans advanced to the third round. The strong showing meant 20 of the remaining 64 players in the men's and women's draws are Americans.

Capriati, seeded fifth among women, prevailed, 6-3, 6-4, over France's Noelle van Lottum, then iced down a swollen wrist and a sore knee as she watched Courier's match.

Capriati was particularly bothered by the capricious winds, which seemed to blow their worst as she was trying to pound her powerful serve. She suffered a double-fault when a gust carried her toss so far that she barely nicked the ball, which fell at her feet.

"The conditions were tough," she said. "I'm not a wind player. I think it affected my toss a lot."

Capriati, who has made the semifinals of the other three Grand Slam events, said she feels she's well-prepared to make the big breakthrough.

"I'm ready to win a Grand Slam," Capriati said. "I've come close in others."
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Capriati Is Playing Less as She Moves On
The Los Angeles Times Jan 18, 1992;



Jennifer Capriati swept into the fourth round of the Australian Open with her easiest victory yet, overwhelming fellow American Katrina Adams, 6-0, 6-0, on Saturday.

Making her debut here, Capriati, the 15-year-old fifth-seeded woman, played almost flawless tennis against the outgunned Adams and has yet to drop a set in three matches. With the 35-minute outing, Capriati has spent less that three hours on court.

"She made a lot of errors," Capriati said. "She didn't play as well she can. I really didn't have to do that much."

Capriati is on a collision course with No. 2 Gabriela Sabatini, who also won easily, 6-1, 6-0, over Australia's Jenny Byrne. If they win their fourth-round matches, Capriati and Sabatini will play each other in the quarterfinals.

No. 7 Mary Joe Fernandez, a finalist here two years ago, faltered in the second set of her match against Australia's Rachel McQuillan before prevailing, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1. She is the only seeded player remaining in her quarter of the draw, following the withdrawal of No. 2 Steffi Graf and the loss Saturday by No. 15 Helena Sukova to Dominique Monami of Belgium 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

The top seeded players, Monica Seles and Stefan Edberg, scored third-round victories Friday, and neither showed signs of nagging injuries.

Seles said her strained neck felt fine in a 6-1, 6-1 third-round blitz of Yayuk Basuki.
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Quarterfinal Loss Takes Toll on Capriati Australian Open: The 15-year-old talks about pressure of expectations after Sabatini beats her.
The Los Angeles Times Jan 22, 1992;



Six straight unforced errors to start a second-set tiebreaker. Wildly mis-hit shots. Lapses in concentration.

Suddenly, Jennifer Capriati was transformed into a vulnerable 15-year-old who had lost the joy of the game.

After a 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) loss to Gabriela Sabatini, Capriati spoke of pressures and expectations with a trembling voice and eyes brimming with tears.

"I'm disappointed in myself," Capriati said Tuesday night after her Australian Open quarterfinal defeat. "I know that people were expecting a great match. I think there is some pressure, actually a lot of pressure from everyone, maybe because it has become much more serious now. I feel it a little more."

The delight Capriati took in playing pro tennis, win or lose, since her debut as a 14-year-old had been missing since she arrived for her first Australian Open. She won her first four matches easily, all in straight sets, but showed no outward pleasure in them.

Instead, she seemed grimly determined to move up from No. 6 in the rankings, to get past the semifinals she had reached at the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the French Open, and finally win a Grand Slam title. She wanted it all so much and so quickly that any setback here inevitably would hurt.

Sabatini sympathized with Capriati's anxiety, recalling her own worries as a teen-ager and her thoughts about quitting tennis before she won the U.S. Open two years ago.

"I think everybody has to go through those moments," said Sabatini, who will play Mary Joe Fernandez in the semifinals. "It's something she has to work on, that's all. I had my doubts about playing tennis. I was not enjoying tennis. I just tried to keep working hard and be patient, and one day everything just started to open."

Capriati's 1991 U.S. Open loss to Monica Seles after serving for the match still galls the 15 year old, who considers it her biggest disappointment. This loss was a close second.

"I have to really work at it to try and keep up there and to keep playing well," Capriati said. "Of course, it's still fun, but it's just that I have to really concentrate now and settle down and really think about it."

Capriati did have high points in the match, reeling off 16 of 18 points during one streak in the first set for a 4-2 lead.

But the roll ended as suddenly as it began. Sabatini won the first of four straight games to take the set, volleying spectacularly and passing Capriati when she ventured to the net. In the last two games, Sabatini yielded only one point.

The streaks continued in the second set-Sabatini taking a 3-1 lead, Capriati coming back to go ahead, 4-3, after winning 13 of 14 points.

Both players offered an effective mix of baseline and net games, going for broke on volleys and overheads, jumping on each other's second serves.

Capriati was hard on herself, though, still annoyed by an easy overhead she mis-hit long at 0-15 when she led 6-5 in the second set. That would have put her within two points of winning the set. Instead, Sabatini seized the opportunity and won the game with a forehand pass.

Unfortunately, the artistry ended there. Capriati played the tiebreaker as if in a daze, quickly going from bad shot to bad shot with no plan, no pause to consider what she was doing.

"It just happened so fast that I didn't know what was happening," she said. "I didn't have time to think about it."

Capriati lost the first point on her serve when she knocked a backhand wide cross court, then mis-hit a forehand wide the other way. She lost the next four points on a variety of backhand miscues.

At 6-0 and match point, she finally hit a backhand winner, but by then it was too late. Sabatini reached up for a shallow lob from Capriati and returned a backhand overhead for match point.

"She made a lot of mistakes in the tiebreaker," Sabatini said. "I didn't do anything special. I was just serving or hitting a return, and she was just missing."
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TENNIS ROUNDUP Maleeva Makes Capriati Her Biggest Upset Victim
The Los Angeles Times Jan 31, 1992;
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Magdalena Maleeva upset fourth-seeded Jennifer Capriati, 6-1, 6-2, Thursday in the Pan Pacific Open at Tokyo for her first victory against a top-10 player.

Sixth-seeded Lori McNeil was another upset victim, losing to fellow American Pam Shriver, 6-4, 6-1.

Top-seeded Gabriela Sabatini defeated Japanese qualifier Mana Endo, 6-2, 7-5, and advanced to the quarterfinals.

At 16, Maleeva is the youngest of three tennis-playing sisters from Bulgaria. She is ranked 33rd in the world. Capriati, 15, is ranked sixth.

"Everything went well. I served well and returned well," Maleeva said of her victory over Capriati.

"She made a slow start as usual, and she was unable to get her rhythm until the end."

"I lacked concentration and everything went wrong," Capriati said. "I tried to break her pace, but she shot back very strong ground strokes."


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Sidenote: a snippet in a paper says Jen has thown away all her bart Simpson stuff in favor of music by Slasher. This must have been the year she started into black nail polish. Jen the Goth-LOL.

Capriati Ends Seles' Finals Run at 21
The Washington Post (Pre-1997 Fulltext); March 19, 1992;

Top-seeded Monica Seles double-faulted on match point against Jennifer Capriati in the quarterfinals of the International Players Championships today, ending her remarkable run of 21 successive finals. Fifth-seeded Capriati prevailed in a slugfest from the baseline, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), also ending Seles' 27-match winning streak.

This year, Seles had won her three previous tournaments and was 19-0.

After a slow start, Seles, last year's winner here, fought back into the match by winning four consecutive games to lead the second set 5-3. But then she double-faulted twice in a row, and Capriati broke at love.

Seles led the tiebreaker 5-4 but then hit a forehand long and a forehand wide before double-faulting.

"It's really the first time I've ever double-faulted on match point," said Seles. "Today the shots were not there. I was not making the shots I usually do, and she was a lot better from the baseline than I was."

Capriati, whose record against Seles improved to 2-3, was relatively subdued during a news conference after the big victory.

"That's what I was aiming for," she said. "I was expecting her at any time to go off and get on a roll, and she really didn't."

A recent six-week layoff to spend time with friends and family apparently did wonders for Capriati, who ranked the win second only to her victory over Navratilova at Wimbledon last year.

Capriati's opponent in Thursday's semifinal will be No. 4 seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, who beat unseeded Amanda Coetzer of South Africa, 6-1, 6-4. Sanchez Vicario has yet to lose a set in four matches.

The other semifinal will mark the 31st meeting between Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini. Graf beat Mary Joe Fernandez in straight sets for the eighth time in as many tries, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. Sabatini overwhelmed Amy Frazier of Rochester Hills, Mich., 6-0, 6-1.

"I like the way she plays," Graf said. "I can adjust easily to her. She's not such an unpredictable player, and usually I can read her game pretty well."

Two weeks ago, Fernandez won just three points in the first set of a 6-0, 7-5 loss to Graf at the Virginia Slims of Florida. This time she fared better, volleying aggressively and losing just one service game, but she couldn't break Graf.

Two unforced errors by Fernandez decided the tiebreaker. After reaching 5-5, she hit a slice backhand into the net and then squibbed a forehand off the frame of the racket.

Graf didn't exactly steamroll to the semifinals. In four matches she has lost one set and gone to a tiebreaker in two others.

"I'm happy to have been in such close matches, so I know how it is to be in that situation," Graf said. "I think I'm ready for Thursday."
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TENNIS PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPS `Hometown' Crowd Helps Sabatini Defeat Graf
The Los Angeles Times Mar 20, 1992;



Gabriela Sabatini fell behind before overtaking Steffi Graf with the help of a wildly supportive crowd.

Jennifer Capriati fell behind and stayed there.

An aggressive Sabatini rallied past her archrival, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, in Thursday night's semifinal in the International Players Championships. Earlier, a weary Capriati lost to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-2, 6-4.

Sabatini will try for her third tournament title this year Saturday against Sanchez Vicario, seeking her biggest championship since taking the 1989 French Open.



A crowd of 11,554 was firmly behind the third-ranked Sabatini, an Argentine who has a home in Key Biscayne. Many fans chanted "vamos Gaby" (let's go) early in the match, and when she won the tiebreaker, they gave her a standing ovation.

"It's very special to play here," said Sabatini, who won the 1989 title at Key Biscayne and has won seven matches in a row against Graf in Florida. "The crowd always supports me so much. It helps me to keep fighting and staying in the match."

Sabatini twice rallied from a service break down in the second set before taking charge of the match. Trailing 40-love in the opening game of the third set, she won five consecutive points to break Graf, then held her own serve at love.

"I let the crowd get into it," the second-ranked Graf said. "They got psyched up when it was close. They realized Gaby had a chance to win. She was getting confident at the end."

In the final set, Sabatini had 12 winners and just one error.

"I played a very good third set," she said. "I came to the net much more. At the end it looked like Steffi wasn't trying very much."

"I was so tired," Graf said.

Sanchez Vicario used relentless groundstrokes to beat Capriati, who had defeated Monica Seles on Wednesday.

"I changed the pace and moved the ball very well, and she was not in a position to hit it hard," Sanchez Vicario said. "When she runs is when she makes mistakes."

Capriati, who said she had trouble falling asleep Wednesday night after upsetting Seles, made 32 errors to 14 for Sanchez Vicario. Capriati never broke serve.
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Teenage Confidential
Sports Illustrated; New York; Mar 30, 1992; Jenkins, Sally;



Jennifer Capriati has something to say. Get out of her room. Also, get out of her life. Do you understand? Is there any electricity in your building? So what if she wears black nail polish, and skulls and crosses in her ears, and rings on all her fingers, and so many chains that she makes these kerchinking noises when she walks? She can't hear any of it--or you, man. All she can hear is the sound of a hundred screaming guitars. It's better than listening to, like, your parents.

At 16, you are what you wear. In her day at Garden City (N.Y.) High, Jennifer's mother, Denise, wore a black jacket, black skirt, black stockings and black boots. And you are what you listen to. Jennifer listens to Metallica or Guns N' Roses. Are they any worse than those 1960s balladeers Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs singing that timeless melody Wooly Bully? Nothing changes but the changes, man, as everybody but a teenager knows.

Here's what happens when a girl turns 16 years of age, as Jennifer will this Sunday. She shoots poisonous looks at her mother, who shakes her fist and says between clenched teeth, "I can't wait till you have kids!" She answers every question with an impudent "So?" She becomes extremely attitudinal. She begins gazing at the ball boys with curiosity. She slouches and smacks her gum. She leads an insurrection at her school, calling for a student council and a curfew extension. She develops an unerring radar for bull and for people who want something from her, which means just about everybody. She decides most of them are old and wrong. Mainly, they're in the way.

Capriati's turmoil was manifest even as she reached the semifinals of the Lipton International Players Championships last week in Key Biscayne, Fla., where she upset top-ranked Monica Seles 6-2, 7-6 before falling 6-2, 6-4 to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in a desultory match a day later. In the final on Saturday, Sanchez Vicario beat Gabriela Sabatini 6-1, 6-4.

If you really want to send our Miss Capriati into a rage, call her current state of mind a phase. More accurately, it's a rite of passage that virtually every adult has experienced: teenage rebellion. "Her hormones are kicking in," says Denise.

Negotiating the trapped age between childhood and adulthood can render the sweetest of temperaments vile. But Capriati's adolescence is complicated by the fact that she is a star and a multimillionaire who turned professional at 13, won her first pro tournament at 14, reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open at 15 and last month was the subject of a National Enquirer story proclaiming her a burnout. She is weary of the white-hot glare of the public eye and sick of being psychoanalyzed by everybody who follows tennis. In short, Capriati is tired, confused, sulky and trying to grow up.

"I think everyone goes through it, but I'm dealing with tennis, too," says Capriati. "Plus you've got the added pressure of trying to be accepted by your friends, dealing with math and chemistry teachers, and dealing with rules at home. I mean, it's a lot.

"Why does everyone care? I mean, everyone is so wrapped up in everyone else's lives. I understand up to a point, but enough is enough. People say, 'I know what she feels like.' I'm like, 'Hey, man, what do you know? You're in a totally different thing.' I don't tell you what's going on in your life or how you feel."

Fame and wealth--Capriati earned about $6 million on and off the court in 1991--can be a dangerous combination for anyone, especially a teenager. The costs of living the fast-forward life of a tennis pro are worth questioning, and Capriati is doing just that. Is trying to be No. 1 worth missing out on school and girlhood? Are adulation and money enough compensation for having to play out your adolescence and family dramas in the National Enquirer?

The Lipton was Capriati's first tournament in six weeks. She had taken a much-needed break after a troubled four-week trip to Australia and Japan that left her, as her mother acknowledges, "an unhappy camper." First, Jennifer suffered a disappointing quarterfinal loss to Sabatini at the Australian Open, where she had hoped to win her first Grand Slam title. Afterward, close to tears, she said of tennis, "It's becoming too serious."

Then, while trying to prepare for a chemistry midterm with a 40-page fax of material and working three hours a day with a tutor, she lost her first match at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo to 16-year-old Magdalena Maleeva, yelled at her father, Stefano, canceled her appearance at an exhibition in Gifu, Japan, and returned home to Saddlebrook, Fla., declaring that she was exhausted and homesick. Next came the Enquirer article, which claimed that Jennifer was unraveling in only her third year as a pro, that Stefano, according to sources on the tour, was driving her too hard and that her problems were so severe that the family had called in a therapist. Denise calls the story "garbage." Says Jennifer, "Don't the people who write that stuff have children?"

The truth of the matter is that Jennifer is feeling the weight of expectations on the tennis court, at home and at the Palmer Academy, a private school of 75 tennis prodigies in Saddlebrook, where she is in the 10th grade and carrying a full course load. Teachers at Palmer have said that Jennifer seems tired. "And she is," says Norman Palmer, headmaster of the academy. Her grades have slipped, although almost imperceptibly, from her usual straight A's. The mother of one top-10 American male player said to Denise, "Why don't you just take Jennifer out of school?"

But the Capriatis don't want to do that, and Jennifer doesn't want to leave. The suggestion was all too typical of the tennis world, in which the competition is becoming more and more intense. "Jennifer is struggling with a lot of things," says Palmer. "If she were 15 or 16 and not feeling these things, you'd say there's something wrong here. But actually it's a sign that she's alive and well."

It is getting harder to name a young tennis star who hasn't succumbed to the emotional and physical demands of the tour. Andre Agassi, who was a first-round loser at Lipton, has seen his ranking drop from four to 14 in the past year. Since taking over the No. 1 ranking on Feb. 10, Jim Courier has failed to win any of the five tournaments he has entered. Courier, the defending Lipton champion, needed to reach the final to protect his ranking, but he lost 6-2, 6-4 to Michael Chang in the semifinals, thereby allowing Stefan Edberg to reclaim the top slot. Courier attributes his slump to the off-court demands of being No. 1. "My head has just been overloaded," he says.

Chang has only recently regained his equilibrium since becoming, at age 17 in 1989, the youngest men's French Open champion. Last summer he dropped as low as 28 on the computer. His 7-5, 7-5 victory over Alberto Mancini in the Lipton men's final on Sunday gave him his third tournament title of 1992 and pushed his ranking to No. 6.

Could any 15-year-old handle what Capriati has been asked to? Chris Evert's agent, Bob Kain of International Management Group, and Capriati's agent, John Evert, younger brother of Chris, met with the Capriatis in Saddlebrook four weeks ago to help the family arrange its priorities. Since then Denise has abandoned the idea of returning to work as a flight attendant. Jennifer has been given more say over her schedule and allowed to conduct her press conferences alone. Stefano has stopped overseeing Jennifer's coaching and left her on-court activities to Pavel Slozil, the Czechoslovakian-born former coach of Steffi Graf; Slozil has been working with Jennifer since the start of the year. "Right now she needs me as a father, not as a coach," says Stefano. "This way we can keep them separate."

Stefano's decision to move aside has surprised some in the tennis world who figure him for a more controlling type. He is indeed an ambitious, even driven man who says, "The world would have no champions without parents." But he is a far cry from the abusive tennis fathers who dole out their affection according to wins and losses, and he is extremely sensitive to the charge that he is using his daughter to chase a fortune. His adoration of Jennifer is obvious, and he rues his reputation as a tennis father.

"We are an open book," says Stefano. "Ask anyone how I am with her. If you do good as a parent, it's normal, no one writes anything about that. If you do one thing wrong--it's wrong."

Stefano and Denise say that they were astonished by Jennifer's explosion as both a player and a public figure in 1990, and that they have felt harried ever since. "We never had time to adjust," says Stefano. Indeed, they are in largely uncharted waters. No other player so young has ever been so rich and so talented, according to Kain, who oversaw the management of both Evert and Bjorn Borg.

"Jenny has been our teacher, too," Stefano says. "She makes mistakes, we make mistakes, and the family learns from the mistakes. And we try not to make a big deal of it."

Jennifer has contracts with the Diadora shoe and clothing company, with Prince rackets and with Oil of Olay, among others, and she commands six figures for an evening's exhibition match. That kind of financial machinery manufactures daily pressure, not to mention questions like, Do her friends like her for herself or for her tennis? Do her parents give her attention because they love her or because she is the family breadwinner? How much can she challenge her parents and teachers and coaches? "You could see a lot of it coming," says Palmer's wife, Jo, the instruction supervisor at the Palmer Academy.

Emboldened by her success, Capriati clearly aches for independence. "Everyone has arguments with their parents," Denise says. "Tell me you don't, and that's bull." After Christmas, Denise and Stefano allowed Jennifer to fly to Mexico by herself to visit a girlfriend and stay with her family. The idea was to give her more rope. Denise encouraged the fashion experiments by painting her own fingernails black, and she accompanied Jennifer to a Guns N' Roses concert.

Capriati attends school for one hour in the morning and for four more hours in the afternoon. Her tennis training takes up another three hours. But according to Stefano, sometimes Jennifer would just rather go to an amusement park. What 16-year-old wouldn't?

On a couple of occasions during the Lipton, the Capriatis sat with Evert's parents, Colette and Jimmy. The Everts are regarded as two tennis parents who got it right in many ways, but according to Chris, becoming No. 1 still cost her much of her girlhood. Jennifer worries about making such a sacrifice.

"You have to give her credit for asking these questions and confronting these issues at a young age," says Chris. "There's a silver lining here."

One of Jennifer's chief difficulties has been the pressure she has felt to start winning tournaments on a regular basis--particularly after her heartbreaking loss to the 17-year-old Seles in the U.S. Open semis last September. Capriati twice served for the match before losing 7-6 in the third set. The person who is perhaps most intent on not hurrying Capriati is Slozil. He saw one pupil, Graf, become too consumed by tennis. Slozil dreads the thought of having to watch that happen to another young player. He says Capriati's ranking could fall from No. 6 to No. 9 and he wouldn't become unduly worried.

"Jennifer is not a burnout, but she has to find the right motivation again," says Slozil. "Steffi really only thought about tennis for a long time; she had no friends, and maybe now she pays for it. Tennis is Jennifer's fun and her hobby and her business. She needs time for herself. And I have to wait like everybody else."

Capriati sums up her plight with a penetrating look and a teenage shrug. "I wish it could be simpler," she says. "But then it would be boring."
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AP news-April 2nd, 1992


Jennifer Capriati, seeded fourth in the Family Circle Cup, was eliminated by Veronika Martinek of Germany, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Martinek, who will turn 20 Friday, is ranked No. 83. Capriati, who celebrated her 16th birthday this week, is No. 6.

"She just got everything back. She played top spin. She came in to hit it," Capriati said. "I don't think I was really off. I was just impatient a lot of times."
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AP-April 16, 1992

Jennifer Capriati and Pavel Slozil have decided it would be best if Slozil did not coach the tennis star. They had a four-month trial to see how the arrangement would work, and apparently it didn't. Capriati's management said the tennis star will continue to train under the supervision of her father and instructor Harry Hopman's staff.
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Sabatini Sails, Capriati Escapes
The Washington Post May 7, 1992;

Gabriela Sabatini began her quest for a second straight Italian Open title yesterday, leading a surge of top seeds into the third round of the clay court tournament in Rome.

Jennifer Capriati also moved ahead, but only after fighting off a match point and winning in three sets.

Also advancing were No. 4 Mary Joe Fernandez and No. 5 Anke Huber. But Bettina Fulco-Villella upset No. 6 Katerina Maleeva, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5, and Rachel McQuillan topped No. 9 Helena Sukova, 7-5, 6-4.

Sabatini, the No. 2 seed behind Monica Seles, defeated Mercedes Paz, 6-3, 6-1. Sabatini moved Paz from corner to corner and was never pressed. The match was mainly played from the baseline, although Sabatini rushed the net occasionally.

Nothing was easy for third-seeded Capriati, who beat Sandra Cecchini, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4). Playing her first match in four weeks, Capriati was not sharp, but she seemed to have the match in hand after winning the first set. Then her game fell apart.

Capriati committed 56 unforced errors and 13 double faults.

Cecchini won the second set and took a 6-5 lead in the third. But at match point, she hit a forehand long, allowing Capriati back into the match. The American then won the tiebreaker.

"I didn't have my rhythm, I wasn't on my shots," said Capriati.

But she turned the match around when she began "thinking about what I was doing wrong and how I was playing rather than about the crowd."
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