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Refreshed Capriati reaches WTA semis

Compiled from Times wires
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published November 10, 2002

No. 3 Jennifer Capriati, feeling fresh and motivated while most of her opponents are worn out, defeated Magdalena Maleeva 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the season-ending WTA Championships on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Capriati will play the winner of a night match between No. 1 Serena Williams and eighth-seeded Jelena Dokic in today's semifinals at Staples Center. The other semifinal pits No. 2 Venus Williams against fifth-seeded Kim Clijsters.

Most of the 16 players in the final tournament of the year have complained about fatigue, citing the abundance of tournaments (67) and worldwide travel during a season they complain is too long.

In beating Maleeva, whom she hasn't lost to in six years, Capriati won her third match since the U.S. Open.

Capriati's only tournament win this year was the Australian Open in January.

"It would be great," she said about the possibility of winning the season-ending championship. "It would be like winning the first one and winning the last one. Who cares what happens in between, you know?"

BASEBALL: Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi hit back-to-back homers twice to lead the major-league all-stars to an 8-1 exhibition win against the Japan Series champion Yomiuri Giants in Tokyo. ... The Athletics gave Boston permission to talk to general manager Billy Beane, who built the A's into a contender despite one of baseball's lowest payrolls, about its open GM position. Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea said discussions had begun.

COLLEGES: Freshman Brett Stegmaier won all three of his matches, but the Florida men's golf team was eliminated from the Hooters Match-Play Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ... Elias Gonzalez finished sixth to advance to nationals as the Tampa men's cross country team placed sixth at the NCAA Division II South Region Championships. The UT women finished fourth and Eckerd 10th. ... In volleyball, host Tampa beat Barry in five games to improve to 11-0 in the Sunshine State Conference. ... In men's soccer, freshman Hunter West scored his 13th goal of the season with 10 seconds left in overtime to give South Florida's men a 1-0 win over host Texas Christian. ... The host Tampa men's soccer team ended its season with a 3-0 loss to Rollins College.

FIGURE SKATING: Japan's Yoshie Onda nearly landed a triple axel in winning the women's event at the Nation's Cup in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Olympic silver medalist Evgeny Plushenko won the men's short program. Chinese world champions Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo won the pairs, and Bulgarian ice dancers Albena Denkova and Maxim Stayivski captured their first major victory.

HORSE RACING: Babae won for the fourth time in seven starts this year, capturing the $116,700 Athenia Handicap at Aqueduct by three-quarters of a length. ... Softly beat Bare Necessities by a neck in the Churchill Downs Distaff for fillies and mares. ... Sentimental Value, running for the first time on dirt, beat Secret Garden by four lengths in the Matiara Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park.

SPEEDSKATING: Russia's Yevgeny Lalenkov won the 1,500 meters, missing the track record by less than a half-second in the first World Cup event of the season. Lalenkov finished in 1 minute, 47.39 seconds, barely missing the mark of 1:47.01 set by Norway's Adne Sondral at the 1999 World Championships. American Derek Parra finished third in 1:48.84.

RUNNING: Canadian twins Tara Quinn and Tiffany Quinn ran 1-2 at the RYKA Take Fitness To Heart women's 5-kilometer road race in Tampa. Tara Quinn finished in 16 minutes, 55 seconds, and Tiffany Quinn was timed in 18:30. Vicki Stum of Clearwater took third in 19:30 among a field of nearly 500 runners and walkers. ... Kenya's Elly Rono won the Richmond Marathon in Virginia with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, 2 seconds.

WRESTLING: Rulon Gardner, the Olympic champion who lost a toe to frostbite, beat Eddy Bengtsson in the Kurt Angle Classic Greco-Roman event in New Orleans.

OBITUARY: Edmund R. Burke, an exercise physiology expert who helped train Olympic cyclists, died of an apparent heart attack while riding his bicycle in Colorado Springs. He was 53.

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