Seles triumphs in 37 minutes Capriati advances in 3 sets TENNIS

November 21, 1991

NEW YORK -- On the third night of the Virginia Slims Championships at Madison Square Garden last night, top-seeded Monica Seles provided a fleeting glimpse of her powerful game, rushing past overmatched Julie Halard of France, 6-1, 6-0, in 37 minutes.

The tennis fans had a much longer look at Jennifer Capriati. In a sloppy but eventually interesting performance, Capriati, 15, ousted Nathalie Tauziat, 5-7, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4), in a 1-hour, 53-minute marathon to complete the opening round of this 16-player, season-ending tournament.

Earlier, eighth-seeded Jana Novotna continued her domination of Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.

In the Capriati-Tauziat match's middle set, Capriati took the big points, but neither player was able to keep the ball in play consistently. Tauziat's game was just a little more off.

Time and again, the French player would set up a winning backhand shot down the line, only to hit the ball wide. She would move Capriati around the court, finally get her out of position, then make an unforcederror.

Halard made her first visit to the Garden a quick one, thanks to the world's top-ranked player. After losing 13 points in the first set, which took 20 minutes to complete, Seles dropped just six points in the second set.

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