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Capriati routs Pierce, Dokic upset at Italian Open
May 16, 2002

ROME (TICKER) -- Following the elimination of the defending champion on Thursday, second seed Jennifer Capriati of the United States emphatically displayed her desire to add the $1.22 million Italian Open title to her career resume.

In a clash between the last two French Open champions, Capriati whitewashed Mary Pierce of France, 6-0, 6-0, and advanced to the quarterfinals at the Foro Italico for the first time in nine years.

Meanwhile, defending champion and sixth seed Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia was ousted by Anastasia Myskina of Russia, who rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 triumph.

Capriati made the final eight here in 1990, 1991 and 1993. But in her four visits between 1997-2001, the reigning French Open champion never advanced past the second round.

The winner of the Australian Open in January, Capriati reached the quarterfinal of her third straight claycourt event. The 27-year-old was a semifinalist at Charleston and Berlin.

Pierce, the champion here in 1997, returned to the WTA Tour in January after being sidelined for seven months with a back injury.

Capriati faces a tough quarterfinal battle against No. 7 Amelie Mauresmo, the runner-up here a year ago. The French player posted a 6-0, 6-2 rout of Japan's Ai Sugiyama.

Myskina exacted revenge against Dokic, who won her first career WTA title here a year ago. The 20-year-old lost to Dokic in the second round at Berlin last week.

American Serena Williams is Myskina's quarterfinal opponent. The fourth seed dismissed Czech qualifier Denisa Chladkova, 6-1, 6-2.

Gunning for her third WTA crown of the year, Williams already has captured the Scottsdale and Miami hardcourt titles.

No. 5 Justine Henin maintained her red-hot form. The Belgian rolled to a 6-2, 6-4 win over Anne Kremer of Luxembourg.

Henin, who defeated Capriati and Williams en route to the German Open title last week, extended her current WTA Tour winning streak to seven matches and improved her 2002 claycourt record to 12-2 in tournament play.

The 19-year-old Henin meets qualifier Virginia Ruano Pascual in the round of eight. The Spaniard knocked off Russia's Anna Kournikova, 6-3, 6-2.

The other quarterfinal pits No. 3 Kim Clijsters of Belgium against No. 5 Sandrine Testud of France.

Clijsters, who won the Hamburg claycourt title earlier this month, pulled away to beat No. 16 Tatiana Panova of Russia, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1.

Testud rallied past No. 9 Silvia Farina Elia of Italy, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals for the third time in five years.

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Capriati beats Mauresmo to reach semis, regains No. 1 ranking

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May 17, 2002

ROME (AP) -- Jennifer Capriati beat France's Amelie Mauresmo 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Italian Open and regain the No. 1 ranking.

Capriati recovered from 0-2 in the third set and passed Mauresmo at the net after a long rally on match point to reach the Italian semifinals for the first time.

The second-seeded Capriati moved past Venus Williams in the rankings. Williams pulled out of the tournament with a wrist injury.

``Usually I don't play good tennis here,'' Capriati said. ``I let her back in the match. After dominating the first set, I lost concentration in the second. In the third set maybe I played better on the important points.''

Capriati, who beat Mary Pierce 6-0, 6-0 in just 34 minutes in the third round, plays the winner of Friday night's match between Serena Williams and Anastasia Myskina of Russia.

In other quarterfinal matches, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin advanced to set up an all-Belgian semifinal at the Foro Italico.

Clijsters beat France's Sandrine Testud 6-1, 6-3, and Henin defeated qualifier Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-3, 6-4.

The 18-year-old Clijsters, ranked No. 3, took a 4-3 lead in the second set after Testud struggled with her ball toss and double faulted. Testud double faulted again on match point.

``I tried to be aggressive on her service games, and it helped.'' said Clijsters, who has beaten Henin twice this season.

Henin, coming off a victory at German Open, used a strong baseline game and a well-disguised backhand drop-shot to recover from a 3-0 deficit in the first set.

``I wasn't really in the match at the beginning,'' the fifth-seeded Henin said. ``I never played her, and I didn't know what she was trying to do against me. I was sleeping a little bit.''

Also Friday, 45-year-old Martina Navratilova and Natasha Zvereva lost in doubles to Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez 6-2, 6-1.

Serena Williams swaggers into the quarterfinals certain she can beat anyone on the other side of the net without much problem.

``I can take a three-month break and win a tournament,'' she said. ``So it doesn't really matter.''

Williams, seeded fourth, routed the Czech Republic's Denisa Chladkova 6-1, 6-2 in the third round Thursday.

Williams has reached the quarterfinals in Rome four times in four attempts but has never made the semifinals.

Myskina upset defending champion Jelena Dokic 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. She exploited the slow pace of the clay court, countering the Yugoslav's power.

``She plays of course faster than me, so today I tried to play more smarter ... sometimes with top spin, sometimes a drop shot,'' Myskina said.

In their only previous match, Williams beat Myskina in two sets in the first round of an indoor tournament in Moscow in 1997.
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