CAPRIATI BAGS A TITLE IN CLASSIC STYLE
Jennifer Capriati won the A Classic over Chanda Rubin yesterday to continue her summer revival tour a tour that has seen the 23 year old show flashes of her past phenom form and a tour that now targets the U.
“When I started working with Harold (coach Harold Solomon) we figured it would take some time,” Capriati said after her 6 1, 3 6, 6 2 victory in Ma nike id hwah, N.
J. The relationship paid immediate dividends when she won a tournament in Strasbourg in the spring and followed that up with a round of 16 showing at the French Open.
Since that time, she has frequently displayed the explosive ground game that once had her ranked as high as sixth in the world before personal problems drove her from the game. This is Capriati’s first full time year on the tour since 1993.
“That’s the hardest part,” said Capriati, 23. “Just feeling like I have to catch up and waiting for that moment when I say I’m actually there. After blitzing through the first set like she’d left her iron on at home, Capriati failed to capitalize on a 2 0 lead in the second. Rubin rallied to take the set, but Capriati’s game returned in the third. The title was Capriati’s third at the Classic, an exhibition event.
“I thought I played really well. I lost the second set but it was more because of her play,” Capriati said. “I feel pretty confident. I’m maybe 70 or 80% of where I want to be. While citing the Open as a goal, she admitted to not wanting to overemphasize the event.
“I believe I can be higher ranked than I am now (43rd),” Capriati said. “Right now I don’t want to put pressure on myself. I’ll know when I can’t get any better. We’ll see when that is. I feel I can only go up from here. Cheney defeated Patricia Stuhler, 6 4, 6 0, to win the U.
S. National Women’s 80’s singles title. The women took the court at noon with the thermometer at 105 degrees. The victory marked the 303rd U.
S. national title for Cheney, who won the 1938 Australian championsh nike id ip.
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