Capriati knocked out at quarter final stage

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Unseeded Elena Likhovtseva of Russia upset former world No. 1 Jennifer Capriati of the United States 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup.

Capriati knocked out at quarter final stage

Montreal:

Unseeded Elena Likhovtseva of Russia upset former world No. 1 Jennifer Capriati of the United States 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup on Friday. Second-seeded Amelie Mauresmo of France also advanced to Saturday's semifinals by beating 12th-seeded Karolina Sprem of Croatia 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Mauresmo remains on course to win the Rogers Cup for the second time in three years. Amelie Mauresmo got a scare from the hard-hitting, 19-year-old Karolina Sprem, who controlled the first set with a blazing serve that reached up to 190 kph, as well as some fierce groundstrokes. She broke Mauresmo's serve in the first game, but she struggled with her own service while Mauresmo took over with a steady baseline game. Sprem made 42 unforced errors. With the third set tied 3-3, Sprem doubled-faulted twice to hand Mauresmo a lead the world No. 3 would not relinquish. Mauresmo returned to the WTA circuit last week in San Diego, where she lost her first match, and struggled through her first two matches in Montreal against Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand and Elena Bovina of Russia. All three of her matches have now gone to three sets. Meanwhile, the Kazakhstan-born Elena Likhovtseva ran down nearly every ball from fifth-seeded Jennifer Capriati in an intense baseline battle between two 28-year-olds on the hard-court at Uniprix Stadium. Capriati recovered from a 5-3 second-set deficit to tie it 5-5, but Likhovtseva held service and then saw Capriati make unforced errors on the final two points of the match. Capriati, who won the tournament in 1991 as a 15-year-old and has been a finalist three times, is recovering from a hamstring injury and was in her first tournament since Wimbledon. Likhovtseva advanced to a semifinal meeting against the winner of a late match between Anastasia Myskina of Russia and Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria. Mauresmo will face 10th-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia, who easily defeated 16-year-old Russian-born teenager Tatiana Golovin of France 6-3, 6-1 in a match interrupted by rain for 30 minutes. (AP)



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