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Capriati Defeats Zvereva in First Round Play

October 8, 1996

FILDERSTADT, Germany (AP) _ Jennifer Capriati, continuing her comeback from drug problems, beat a tiring Natasha Zvereva 7-6 (10-8), 6-3 Tuesday in the first round of the $450,000 Porsche Grand Prix tournament.

In other matches, Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina was upset by Asa Carlsson of Sweden 7-5, 6-4, despite leading 5-2 during the first set.

Judith Weisner of Austria defeated France’s Nathalie Tauziat 7-5, 7-5, and Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic beat Samantha Smith of England 6-1, 6-2.

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