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Capriati ousts Schiavone to reach semis

Jennifer Capriati bundled a weary Francesca Schiavone out of the US Open on Thursday, reaching the semi-finals 6-1 6-3.

india Updated: Sep 05, 2003 11:35 IST
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Jennifer Capriati bundled a weary Francesca Schiavone out of the US Open on Thursday, reaching the semi-finals 6-1 6-3.

The American sixth seed— a semi-finalist here in 1991 and 2001— needed 67 minutes to polish off the Italian who had completed her rain-delayed fourth round match earlier in the day.

"I thought maybe she would have a bit of an advantage ... coming in all warmed up and I was feeling pretty cold," Capriati said.

She will next face Belgian second seed Justine Henin-Hardenne for a spot in Saturday's final.

"It would be a great thing to reach the final but I've just got to concentrate on tomorrow.

"She (Henin-Hardenne) is playing great tennis and I know I will have to be at my best.

"This is what you work for. I should feel okay. Being in the semi-finals and playing here at night, I should feel really pumped up."

Capriati admitted that she had a slight feeling of being the underdog but expected herself to perform.

"I don't know, on the inside I always feel like I am the one who should win, you know.

"I think that is the way you've got to think about it out there."

The 27-year-old said she would be going all out, and would hold nothing back in her quest to reach a first US Open final.

"I guess now's the time," she smiled when asked if she'd be testing her shoulder out by cranking up some big serves in her semi.

"You know, I hit a couple of big ones today. Hopefully that's where I am going to give it all."

First Published: Sep 05, 2003 11:35 IST