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Capriati advances in Pilot Pen opener

Aug. 24, 2004 at 6:27 PM   |   Comments

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- defending champion Jennifer Capriati was an easy second-round winner Tuesday at the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament -- a final U.S. Open tune-up.

Capriati, 28, beat 16-year-old Frenchwoman Tatiana Golovin 6-3, 6-2, after receiving a bye into the round of 16.

Capriati beat Lindsay Davenport in last year's all-American final here.

In other second-round play, seventh-seeded Russian Elena Bovina defeated Spaniard Marta Marrero 6-3, 6-2. In opening-round action, Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova beat American Lindsay Lee-Waters 7-6 (7-2), 7-5.

Top-seeded Davenport pulled out on Monday, leaving American lucky-loser Marissa Irvin to take her place in the draw. Hantuchova will face Irvin, and not Davenport, in the second round.

Davenport, who pulled out with a wrist injury, has won her last four tournaments.

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