Capriati, Sugiyama reach third round at Rogers Cup

August 3, 2004 06:51 PM

Jennifer Capriati of the USA rushes the net against Alina Jidkova of Russia during the second round of the Rogers Cup tennis on August 3, 2004 at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, Quebec. Capriati leads 7-6 (3), 3-0 going into a rain delay.© Getty Images
MONTREAL (Ticker) - Jennifer Capriati was not at her sharpest, but she nevertheless advanced to the third round of the Rogers Cup on Tuesday. On a wet day at the $1.3 million hardcourt event, Capriati, the third seed from the United States, edged Alina Jidkova of Russia, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5. Capriati set up a third-round clash with No. 17 Mary Pierce of France, who routed Australian Nicole Pratt, 6-1, 6-1.

Also advancing to the third round was seventh seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan, who rallied to defeat Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. In first-round action, No. 15 Chanda Rubin of the U.S. beat German Antonia Matic, 6-4, 6-3. She awaits countrywoman Mashona Washington in the next round after the qualifier beat Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

No. 14 Elena Bovina of Russia also reached the second round after dispatching Spaniard Virginia Ruano Pascual, 6-1, 6-3. Bovina next faces American qualifier Lilia Osterloh, who rallied to defeat compatriot Jill Craybas, 0-6, 6-3, 6-1.