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Newz Forum: OTHER: Amelie Mauresmo wins the Italian Open

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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.

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