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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (TICKER) -- Top seed Jennifer Capriati of the United States rediscovered her serve in the final set and stormed into the fourth round of the Australian Open.

After recording five double faults to drop the second set, reigning champion Capriati finished the match by winning six straight games on Saturday (Friday in the United States) to post a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Eleni Daniilidou of Greece.

After Daniilidou earned her fifth service break of the match in the opening game of the final set, Capriati displayed her determination. The 25-year-old recorded two of her five aces and sped through the frame in just 29 minutes.

"It was important for me to pull through this one, especially having a little bit tougher time and having to fight through it," Capriati said. "I came out strong in the third set. This is maybe good for me to have this kind of match."

Capriati won her first Grand Slam title here last year, knocking off three of the top four seeds on the way to the crown. The Floridian went on to win the French Open and became the ninth women in the history of the computer rankings to earn the title of world No. 1.

"I feel pretty strong, maybe just as strong as last year," Capriati said. "I've just had different opponents and different conditions coming in, and the hip thing. But I still feel physically I'm pretty strong and I can hang in there for another week hopefully."

Capriati played the match with bandages strapped around her injured right hip flexor.

The 19-year-old Daniilidou reached the third round in just her third career Grand Slam event. She made her debut at Wimbledon in June.

Capriati's next opponent is No. 20 Rita Grande. The Italian outlasted No. 16 Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Belgians Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin routed their respective Australian opponents.

The fourth-seeded Clijsters crushed Cindy Watson, 6-1, 6-2, while sixth seed Henin drubbed Nicole Pratt, 6-4, 6-0.

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"There was a great atmosphere out there," Clijsters said of playing a local favorite. "A lot better than sitting in a big stadium and no one is going for anyone. So, no, it was good. The crowd was good, and of course they are going for her because she is the real Aussie."

Clijsters, the runner-up at last year's French Open, will face Janette Husarova in the fourth round. The 27-year-old Slovakian reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam event for the first time with a 6-2, 6-3 upset victory over No. 24 Ai Sugiyama of Japan.

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Henin, who also advanced to a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2001, will battle No. 12 Elena Dementieva of Russia, a 6-1, 6-2 winner over No. 23 Magui Serna of Spain.

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In other women's action, seventh seed Amelie Mauresmo of France battled through a first-set tiebreak to get past No. 25 Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1. The 1999 champion next takes on Germany's Marlene Weingartner, who ousted American Meghann Shaughnessy, the 10th seed, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

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Among the remaining top players, have some form of injury. Venus' knee, Capriati's hip, Clisters' arm, etc. This really would seem to give a big advantage to the uninjured top players such as Hingis, Seles, and Henin.
 
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