Originally created 05/16/04

Tennis roundup



Capriati defeats Williams in semis

In Rome, Jennifer Capriati beat 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.

"I've lost to her so many times in a row. It's a very personal victory for me," the fifth-seeded Capriati said.

Today, Capriati will play No. 2 Amelie Mauresmo, a 6-2, 6-3 winner against Vera Zvonareva.

It will be Mauresmo's fourth final in five years at the clay-court tuneup for the French Open. She lost the other three.

She won her 11th career title at last week's German Open.

Capriati had never been past the semifinals in 10 previous appearances in Rome. And she only made one semifinal trip, in 2002, when she lost in three sets to eventual champion Williams.

The top-seeded Williams was playing her first tournament since pulling out of an event in Charleston, S.C., last month. She had surgery on the knee in August and returned to action in March.

Williams' only other loss this year came against Russia's Nadia Petrova in Amelia Island, Fla., in early April.

HAMBURG MASTERS: In Hamburg, Germany, Roger Federer showed why he's No. 1, overwhelming Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 6-4 in an hour to reach the Hamburg Masters final.

Federer's opponent will be defending champion Guillermo Coria, who rallied to beat Ivan Ljubicic, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Coria won his 31st straight match on clay, dating to the 2003 French Open semifinals.

Coria, seeded second to Federer, is 16-0 on clay this year, with titles in Buenos Aires and Monte Carlo. Federer and Coria have never played.

Clay is not supposed to be Federer's best surface, but he won his first significant title at Hamburg in 2002 and is playing well enough to repeat.

"In that form, he's going to be tough to beat for anyone," Hewitt said.

ATP FOREST HILLS: In New York, fifth-seeded Juan-Pablo Guzman picked up the second victory of his career when fellow Argentine Edgardo Massa retired from the championship match at the Forest Hills Clay Court Championships.

Guzman won the first set 7-6 (7), and was ahead 3-1 in the second when qualifier Massa quit because of leg cramps.

ITF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: In Turkey, Augusta native Peter Peterson teamed with Canadian Hubert Karrasch to win the men's 35 doubles title.

After falling behind with a 6-0 loss in the first set, the second-seeded duo rallied for 6-4 and 7-6 (2) victories for the title over Great Britain's Daniel Ahl and Chris Hearn.

DIVISION III TOURNAMENT: Augusta's David Shay pulled off the upset of the tournament in the second round and gained All-America status by moving into today's quarterfinals.

Shay, who plays for Washington & Lee, won twice in the tournament at Bates College in Maine.

Shay, a sophomore from Augusta Prep, beat Kalamazoo's Michael Malvitz, 7-5, 6-1, in the opening round, before upsetting top seed Evan Tindell of MIT, 6-3, 6-1 in the second round.