2003 New Haven WTA Singles Results     Jennifer Capriati, Champion


  WTA Aug 17-23

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Pilot Pen Tennis New Haven, CT Tier II
$625,000 - 28 players - outdoor: hard
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s1 # 4 Lindsay Davenport
s2 # 6 Amelie Mauresmo
s3 # 7 Jennifer Capriati
s4 # 9 Daniela Hantuchova
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#7 Jennifer Capriati
5' 8", 134 lbs, RH, 2H-BH
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#4 Lindsay Davenport
6' 2", 175 lbs, RH, 2H-BH

    In Saturday's singles final of the Pilot Pen Open in New Haven, 3rd seed Jennifer Capriati of the US defeated her compatriot Lindsay Davenport 6-2, 4-0 retired (photos shown).

    About getting her 1st tournament victory since the 2002 Australian Open, and getting it the week leading into the US Open, Jennifer said: "I couldn't have planned it any better than this, its exactly what I was hoping for to come in to this week and I got it." story

    About the persistent nerve disorder in her left foot that forced her to retire from the match (and has caused her to miss several recent tournaments), Lindsay said: "There's not much you can do for it, maybe get an injection before the Open starts. Hopefully [the doctor] can do something to at least get me through the next two weeks."

    It was 27-year-old Jennifer's 14th WTA singles title (in 30 finals), 27-year-old Lindsay has won 38 WTA singles titles. Jennifer raised her career record vs Lindsay to 3-9.

    To select only this tournament's photos on Yahoo!, try "Pilot Pen"; strangely enough, on Yahoo! if you just search for "tennis" you will often miss quite a few photos. There are usually some good current offcourt photos at the WTA Photo Gallery.
    The New Haven draw included 6 qualifiers, 1 "lucky loser," and 3 wild cards (Jelena Dokic, Ashley Harkleroad, & Sarah Taylor). 8 players were seeded, with 4 1st-round byes.


s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?
New Haven, 1st Round, Sun-Tues:
#11 s6 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #42 q Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

    Maggie said: "My first two times here I lost to good players, so I’m happy to finally win one here. It’s a good feeling, but the conditions were hard. It was nice to be the winner at the end... she [Tammy] played very well. I wasn’t running well to start off. But after I fell behind 4-1, I slowly got back into the match." story

#12 Elena Dementieva RUS d #21 LL Silvia Farina Elia ITA 6-2, 6-4

    Elena said: "In the beginning, I played [well]. You try to play aggressive and go to the net to try to make the points a little shorter. I’m glad I won in two sets." story

    Silvia said: "I’m very far from my best condition... I played just passively. She played, of course, better than me because she won the match, but I thought I played terrible."

#13 s7 Conchita Martinez ESP d #77 LL Saori Obata JPN 6-2, 6-2
#14 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #93 wc Sarah Taylor USA 6-2, 6-0 started Sun.
#16 s8 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #29 Lisa Raymond USA 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
#17 Elena Bovina RUS d #46 q Alicia Molik AUS 6-3, 7-6(4)
*#22 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #8 s5 Anastasia Myskina RUS 6-3, 6(2)-7, 6-4 on Sun.

    Anna said: "It could have gone either way. Maybe I played a little better on some key points."

    Anastasia said: "I lost the match, I don't think she won the match. I played really bad today."

*#23 wc Jelena Dokic YUG d #18 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 6-2, 6-4
#32 Magui Serna ESP d #49 q Tina Pisnik SLO 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
*#86 q Myriam Casanova SUI d #37 Laura Granville USA 6-1, 6-1
*#89 LL Tatiana Perebiynis UKR d #51 wc Ashley Harkleroad USA 6-1, 7-6(3)
#52 q Cara Black ZIM d #64 q Rita Grande ITA 6-2, 6-1

New Haven, 2nd Round, Tuesday:
#4 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #23 wc Jelena Dokic YUG 6-2, 6-1
*#22 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #14 Vera Zvonareva RUS 0-6, 7-6(5), 6-2

New Haven, 2nd Round, Wednesday:
#6 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #86 q Myriam Casanova SUI 7-5, 6-4
#7 s3 Jennifer Capriati USA v #17 Elena Bovina RUS 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

    Jennifer said: "It took a while to get into the rhythm. I just started to be more aggressive in the second set. I just hung in there and waited for an opening."

    Elena said: "I gave her those chances because I think I was a little bit tired. I tried. I tried to do the best that I could. Nobody's perfect."

*#52 q Cara Black ZIM d #10 s4 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-6(4), 6-3

    Cara said: "There's definite advantages to playing qualifying. You get some matches under your belt and you win confidence... I was trying to do my best to mix it up. Daniela is just a tough player to play against. She hits the ball so clean, and I really have to work to get my points.

    Daniela said: "I was trying to do the right things, but I just didn't make the shots I needed to. It's hard for me at the moment. When you're winning a lot of matches it's much easier, and Cara played very smart on the day. At least I felt I was hitting the ball much better than I did last week in Toronto, and that's a good sign coming into the US Open. I just have to keep going and hopefully it will come back...
    "Technically or physically I'm fine. It's just the mental side I'm really struggling with. I just have to keep working hard and believing in myself. And when you start winning matches, you start getting confidence back."

*#32 Magui Serna ESP d #11 s6 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 6-3, 6-2
#12 Elena Dementieva RUS d #13 s7 Conchita Martinez ESP 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
#16 s8 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #89 LL Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 6-4, 7-6(5)

New Haven, QFs, Thursday:
#4 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #32 Magui Serna ESP 6-0, 7-5
#6 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #16 s8 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-4, 6-4
#7 s3 Jennifer Capriati USA d #22 Anna Pistolesi ISR 6-2, 5-7, 6-1

    Jennifer said: "I think winning the match last night [over # 17 Elena Bovina] gave me a lot of confidence, and I came out definitely playing a lot better today." story
    Again it was hot and humid. Jennifer said: "Just no shade out there at all, so it's kind of like you're out there and the sun's constantly beating on you. But that's like Florida. I should be used to it."

    Anna had 2 chances to break Jennifer's serve in the 2nd game of the 3rd set, but couldn't convert. Anna said: "I had some chances, but she played really, really well on those points. It was really tough to lose that game. It took a lot of energy from me."

#12 Elena Dementieva RUS v #52 q Cara Black ZIM 6-1, 6-1

New Haven, SFs, Friday:
#4 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #12 Elena Dementieva RUS 6-4, 6-2

    Lindsay said: "That was hot. I don't remember too many times where I've sweated like that and had problems holding on [to my racket]. I was trying to stay concentrated and just do what I needed to do to get it over with...
    "I felt like I served well. Sometimes in this heat it's tough to keep the ball in because they fly a little bit. But fortunately I was able to hold serve every time except one. And she was making a lot of errors when she set up. A lot of her balls were going long." story

    Elena said: "[Lindsay] was serving very well and it was very tough to return, especially her first serve. She was playing very long and heavy, sometimes just touching the baseline, so it was tough to play her today. She's in very good shape right now."

#6 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA v #7 s3 Jennifer Capriati USA 7:30pm (8pm ESPN-TV)

New Haven, Final, Saturday Noon CBS-TV:
winner's prize: $96,000
*#7 s3 Jennifer Capriati USA d #4 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA 6-2, 4-0 retired-- left foot (toe: Morton's Neuroma)

New Haven, Doubles Final, Saturday
s1 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP & Paola Suarez ARG d Alicia Molik AUS & Magui Serna ESP 7-6(6), 6-3

New Haven, Qualifying Finals, Sunday:
*Miriam Casanova SUI d Silvia Farina Elia ITA 6-0, 6-1
Tina Pisnik SLO d Bea Bielik USA 6-3, 6-1
Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Alicia Molik AUS d Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-6(3)
Rita Grande ITA d Saori Obata JPN 6-3, 6-2
Cara Black ZIM d Marissa Irvin USA 7-6(2), 6-3

New Haven, Withdrawals:
#20 Nadia Petrova RUS left hamstring strain
#24 Nathalie Dechy FRA right wrist
#33 Alexandra Stevenson USA r. shoulder strain

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