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Tennis: Italian Open update

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posted on May, 13 2004 @ 06:33 PM
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As they are preparing for the French Open, the ladies of tennis are taking over Italy, with Amelie Mauresmo, Jennifer Capriati, and Serena Williams, among others, advance to the quarterfinals - link



TRD

posted on May, 14 2004 @ 02:49 PM
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Yea the 3 you mentioned all won easy and i think the winner could well easily come from one of them.

[Edited on 14/5/04 by TRD]


TRD

posted on May, 14 2004 @ 05:24 PM
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Former champion Serena Williams and Jennifer Capriati were among Friday's quarterfinal winners and the two will now meet in Saturday's semifinals at the $1.3 million Italia Masters -- a clay-court French Open tune-up.

The top-seeded Williams beat rapidly-rising Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-0. The ninth-seeded Kuznetsova headed to Rome having reached finals in three of her last six tournaments and won 23 of her last 29 matches.

Williams captured this event in 2002 by beating Justine Henin-Hardenne in the final. The two-time reigning Wimbledon champion is now a brilliant 12-1 this season.

The fifth-seeded Capriati moved into the final four here with a routine 6-3, 6-3 decision against 16th-seeded Israeli Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi at Foro Italico. Capriati will face Williams for a 14th time, with Williams holding a dominant 9-4 advantage against her fellow former world No. 1 star.

Formidable Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo closed within two victories of her second title in two weeks with a hard-fought 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 rain-delayed victory against 10th-seeded Italian crowd favorite Silvia Farina Elia. Rain halted play with Mauresmo leading 1-0 in the final set.

Farina Elia actually served for the match at 5-3 in the third set, but nerves got the best of her and Mauresmo wound up winning four straight games to advance.

The second-seeded Mauresmo was last week's champ in Berlin, where she captured the trophy when an injured Venus Williams was unable to face her in the marquee final.

Mauresmo is a three-time runner-up in Rome, including last year when she gave way to amicable Belgian star Kim Clijsters. She's reached the semis here five of the last six years.

Mauresmo's semifinal opponent will be dangerous eighth-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva, an easy 6-3, 6-3 victor over 14th-seeded Italian favorite Francesca Schiavone on Day 5. The start of the Zvonareva-Schiavone match was delayed by rain for more than two hours.


TRD

posted on May, 15 2004 @ 10:09 AM
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Amelie Mauresmo cruised into her fourth Italian Open final in five years by beating Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-3 Saturday.

Mauresmo never has won the title at the clay-court tournament, a key tuneup for the French Open.

The second-seeded Mauresmo has 11 career titles, including at last week's German Open. She will face Serena Williams or Jennifer Capriati in the Rome final.


TRD

posted on May, 15 2004 @ 11:10 AM
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Jennifer Capriati beat an error-prone Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to reach the Italian Open final for the first time.

Williams, in her first tournament after nearly a month off with a sore left knee, had won eight straight matches against Capriati.




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