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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 23, 2001


Capriati defeats Hingis again

Jennifer Capriati knew her Australian Open win over Martina Hingis wasn't a one-time thing. She proved it Sunday.

"I never felt pressure that if I didn't win here it was going to be a fluke thing," Capriati said after beating Hingis for the second straight time this year, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 in the Family Circle final at Charleston, S.C. "I have enough confidence in my game, and I'm feeling as fit as I was in Australia."

Capriati, the tournament's second-seeded player, needed all the energy she could get. After a surprisingly easy 19-minute first set, the top-seeded Hingis rallied to extend the match.

Capriati, who earned $178,000, started fast to open the match, handing Hingis her first love set in 41 matches this season.

MORE TENNIS: Gustavo Kuerten regained his title at the Masters Series Monte Carlo, beating Hicham Arazi 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the season's first important clay-court tournament. Afterward, Kuerten said he might boycott Wimbledon to protest the way players are seeded for the Grand Slam event. The tournament allocates seedings based on a player's ability on grass. The three other Grand Slams follow ATP rankings. ... Magdalena Maleeva beat Anne Kremer 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 to win the $110,000 Budapest Grand Prix in Hungary.

BASKETBALL: Bourges beat Valenciennes 73-71 in an all-French final of the women's European League Cup, despite a 22-point effort by the loser team's Ann Wauters. Wauters was the No. 1 pick of the Cleveland Rockers in last year's WNBA draft.

BOXING: A 19-year-old who collapsed after winning his first pro bout died of a brain injury, a hospital supervisor said. Cresencio Mercado had been in critical condition since winning the featherweight match with a first-round knockout at Pueblo, Colo., on April 14, said Kay Elmer, administrative supervisor at Parkview Medical Center. After his victory, Mercado climbed on top of the ring ropes and waved his arms in celebration. When he returned to his corner, his legs started shaking and he fell to the canvas. ... Lehlo Ledwaba outpunched and outclassed Carlos Contreras to score a unanimous decision and defend his IBF junior featherweight title in front of a hometown crowd in Brakpan, South Africa.

COLLEGES: Tallahassee Community College coach Mike Gillespie is expected to be offered the men's basketball coaching job at Florida A&M, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. An announcement on the job is expected midweek. ... The No. 2-seeded Miami men's team knocked off top-seeded Notre Dame 4-2 in Coral Gables to claim its seventh Big East tennis championship in the past nine years. ... In baseball, Miami completed a three-game sweep of host Florida State with a 7-4 win.

CYCLING: Oskar Camenzind won the sport's oldest classic, capturing the 161-mile Liege-Bastongne-Liege race in a sprint to the finish in Belgium. Camenzind was timed in the World Cup event in 6 hours, 47 minutes, 44 seconds.

HOCKEY: Russia defeated Switzerland 6-2 in the final at the World Under-18 Championships in Lahti, Finland.

RUNNING: Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia won the women's division of the London Marathon. Tulu, the two-time Olympic 10,000-meter gold medalist, got her first marathon victory in her fifth try. She finished in a career-best 2 hours, 23 minutes, 57 seconds. Abdelkader El Mouaziz of Morocco, who won the 2000 New York City Marathon, won his second London title at 2:07:11, a world best this year and a personal best. ... Marion Jones, competing for the first time this year after winning three gold medals in the Sydney Olympics, breezed to victory in the 300 meters at the Mount San Antonio Relays in California. Another American Olympic star, 100-meter gold-medalist Maurice Greene, was scheduled to run a leg of the 400 relay for the HSI track club, but scratched because of a slight hamstring strain. ... Wally Dietrich, an assistant track coach at Bucknell, won the Penn Relays 20K race in 1:06:04 in Philadelphia. The top women's finisher was Lori Hageman of Haddon Heights, N.J., at 1:20.13.

SOCCER: China won its first World Cup qualifier under former U.S. coach Bora Milutinovic, routing Maldives 10-1 in an Asian Group Nine game. ... Richard Johnson scored three goals as the United States beat El Salvador 4-0 in the championship match of the CONCACAF Under-17 World Championship Qualifying Tournament.

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