Originally created 07/11/98

Novotna at home on Czech clay



PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Jana Novotna, finally adjusting to clay after her Wimbledon triumph, moved into the Czech Open semifinals with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over France's Sarah Pitkowski on Friday.

Novotna, the top seed, has not lost a match since the quarterfinals of the French Open, winning 14 matches on grass at Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

"I am beginning to get in the right pace on clay," she said. "Hopefully, it will get even better in the semifinals."

Novotna, showing an excellent serve-and-volley game in her home country, next plays Slovakia's Henrietta Nagyova. Nagyova beat Meghan Shaughnessy of the United States 6-1, 6-2.

In other quarterfinals, No. 2 seed Sandrine Testud of France beat No. 6 Silvia Farina of Italy 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. Testud will play Natasha Zvereva of Belarus, who downed wild card Amelie Mauresmo of France 6-3, 6-2.