posted on May, 16 2004 @ 12:07 PM
Amelie Mauresmo won her second title in as many
weeks after a tense three-set battle against Jennifer Capriati in the final of the Italian Open. Mauresmo rebounded from a first-set loss and needed a
third-set tiebreaker to down Capriati, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). A three-time runner-up at this event, Mauresmo takes home $189,000 for winning the clay
court tune-up for the French Open.
Mauresmo followed up her German Open triumph with victory in Rome to boost her confidence for the French Open. The 24-year-old Mauresmo, who has now
won 12 career singles crowns, has taken seven of the 11 lifetime meetings against Capriati. Capriati had beaten former world No. 1 Serena Williams in
the semifinal round on Saturday. Mauresmo defeated Russian Vera Zvonareva.
The match was filled with long baseline rallies, including a 28-stroke point won by Capriati in the first game. Capriati later saved Mauresmo's first
match point with an impressive running forehand cross-court passing shot. But she closed out the match on her second match point when a Capriati
backhand sailed out after a long rally.