Amelie Mauresmo advanced to the semifinals of Pilot Pen event in New Haven with a win over Ai Sugiyama. Jennifer Capriati also advanced.
updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
Connecticut:Second-seeded Amelie Mauresmo advanced to the semifinals of the Pilot Pen with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ai Sugiyama. Mauresmo, who won the last five games of the match, will now play third-seeded Jennifer Capriati. Capriati advanced with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 victory over Anna Pistolesi in the blazing midday sun, snapping the longest win streak on the WTA Tour. Pistolesi won her last 12 matches and was coming off clay court titles in Poland and Finland. Elena Dementieva also advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over qualifier Cara Black. With the victory over Pistolesi, Capriati wrapped up consecutive three set wins with the shortest turnaround of the tournament. She beat Elena Bovina on Wednesday night in a slugfest that lasted more than two hours. She came back yesterday to finish off Pistolesi in a two-hour match played in hot, humid conditions that didn't seem to bother the Floridian, who is looking for her first win since the 2002 Australian Open. (AP)