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Seles, Mauresmo Advance to Finals

May 20, 2000

ROME (AP) _ A determined Monica Seles rolled into the Italian Open finals with a straight-set, 54-minute win Saturday over Corina Morariu of the United States.

Without the mental lapses of her three-set quarterfinal win, Seles disposed of the unseeded Morariu, 6-3, 6-1, the same result as their only previous meeting earlier this year at Amelia Island.

No. 5 seed Seles hit 17 winners, moving her opponent around the red-clay court with deep groundstrokes and an occasional dropshot.

Morariu, ranked 43rd in the WTA standings, committed 22 errors on the way to losing the final two games without a point.

Seles will face France’s Amelie Mauresmo, who advanced to the final with an impressive 6-1, 6-2 win over Fabiola Zuluaga of Colombia.

Mauresmo, the No. 12 seed, rolled over the unseeded Zuluaga, who appeared tired after a tough three-set quarterfinal win the night before.

The 20-year-old, preparing for the French Open, lost just one set en route to the finals of the Rome clay-court tournament.

``It’s good to play well from beginning to end in a tournament,″ Mauresmo said, after her semifinal win. ``I hope it’s going to give me confidence for Roland Garros.″

Mauresmo, who reached the semifinals last year at Foro Italico, won the Sydney tournament earlier this year with wins over Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport.

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