Capriati advances at French Open

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Jennifer Capriati survived a sluggish start and beat Kveta Peschke 7-5 6-3 today in the second round at the French Open tennis.

Capriati advances at French Open

Paris: Jennifer Capriati survived a sluggish start and beat Kveta Peschke 7-5 6-3 today in the second round at the French Open tennis. Capriati, the 2001 champion, fell behind 5-3 in the first set, then won six consecutive games to take control. The No. 7-seeded Capriati remained on course for a potential quarterfinal match against No. 2 Serena Williams. Capriati ended a streak of eight consecutive losses against Williams by beating her in the Rome semifinal two weeks ago. Capriati drew scattered boos during her three-set first- round win at Roland Garros and said she did not know why. There were no jeers today from a small crowd attending the opening match on center court. Peschke, a 28-year-old qualifier, served for the opening set at 5-4 but lost the game at love. She then lost her next service game as well when Capriati belted return winners on the final three points of the set. Capriati swept the final three games of the match, closing out the victory when Peschke blew a backhand putaway. Capriati hit more winners -- 25 to 11 -- but also had more unforced errors, 30 to 28. She faced 11 break points, but Peschke converted just two. (AP)

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