Capriati Loses in Wimbledon Tuneup
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) _ Jennifer Capriati’s preparations for Wimbledon hit a snag Friday with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 loss to Lisa Raymond in the quarterfinals of the DFS Classic.
Raymond, seeded fifth, was in command early against the third-seeded Capriati in a match between Americans.
``This is a good surface for me,″ said Raymond, a serve-and-volley player who reached the fourth round of Wimbledon a year ago.
``Capriati always returns well, she’s made a living out of great returns. I knew I could break her serve but I knew I also had to hold my own.″
In other quarterfinals, top-seeded Nathalie Tauziat defeated Anne-Gaelle Sidot 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (5) in an all-French match; Cara Black of Zimbabwe downed Kristina Brandi of the United States 6-3, 7-5; and 16th-seeded Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand eliminated second-seeded Julie Halard-Decugis 6-4, 6-4.
Raymond will play Tauziat in one semifinal Saturday, while Black goes against Tanasugarn.
Raymond and doubles partner Rennae Stubbs reached the No. 1 ranking in doubles for the first time after last week’s French Open. Now Raymond already has her sights set on Wimbledon.
``I feel I’m playing really well right now,″ she said. ``I’m in good form. I think I could go further at Wimbledon. I know I have it in me.″