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.