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I found Mary Pierce's news in ESPN today!! :eek:

Capriati bothered by blimp
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Jennifer Capriati's finickiness reached new heights Saturday: She wanted the blimp hanging over Arthur Ashe Stadium moved.

Jennifer Capriati defeated Emilie Loit 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

And that was simply one of her concerns during a tight match at the U.S. Open. She also was bothered by her racket strings, opponent Emilie Loit's style and the weather.

The blimp? Capriati thought it was closer to the court than normal, and found the noise distracting. Still, the three-time major champion persevered, eventually found a comfort zone and pounded out a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 victory to reach the round of 16.

"When you're playing worse, everything sort of becomes louder than when you're playing well,'' the No. 6-seeded Capriati said. "If something is bothering me, I try to stop it or focus a little harder.''

She switched outfits because temperatures dipped into the 60s, and she switched rackets to try to account for swirling wind and heavy humidity. And then there were the problems with her serve -- Capriati was broken three straight times bridging the second and third sets. But her powerful strokes eventually took their toll on the light-hitting Loit, a Frenchwoman ranked 49th who likes to mix speeds during a point.

At least Capriati must have been thrilled to finish before the rain came.

She will make the Open quarterfinals for a third straight year if she can beat No. 11 Elena Dementieva, who got past Amy Frazier 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3) in another of the handful of matches completed before the first downpour of this Open made everyone put their rackets away.

Dementieva was joined by fellow Russians No. 7 Anastasia Myskina and unseeded Dinara Safina, the younger sister of 2000 Open champion Marat Safin. With Nadia Petrova and Elena Likhovtseva having won Friday, there are five Russians in the round of 16. Mary Pierce reached the fourth round by beating Shinobu Asagoe 6-4, 6-1.

French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne's match was moved to tiny Court 11 when the Grandstand was deemed unusable because an air blower leaked oil while drying rainwater.

Henin-Hardenne beat Saori Obata 6-1, 6-2 as spectators sat in the aisles to catch the action.

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