Capriati, P. McEnroe roll in Australian OpenAmerican...

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January 13, 1992

Capriati, P. McEnroe roll in Australian Open

American Jennifer Capriati, 15, won her Australian Open debut today, defeating Natalia Medvedeva of Ukraine, 6-2, 6-0 in 44 minutes. Patrick McEnroe, stuck this time on the same side of the draw as older brother John, joined two-time champion Ivan Lendl as an easy, straight-sets winner in the first round of the tournament, the year's first Grand Slam tennis event.

Patrick McEnroe defeated Italy's Massimo Cierro, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Lendl beat Australian Richard Fromberg, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Becker of Germany stopped Jan Gunnarsson, 6-1,6-4,6-2.

* Top seed Gabriela Sabatini stopped the chance of a family sweep in the New South Wales Open tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, by dominating No. 2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-1, 6-1, in the women's final yesterday. Sanchez Vicario's brother, Emilio Sanchez, won the men's title Saturday.

* Unseeded Jaime Yzaga of Peru overcame gusty winds and American MaliVai Washington to win the New Zealand Open in Auckland, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, in a 1-hour, 51-minute baseline struggle.

America's Cup

The newest Il Moro di Venezia boat of Italy sustained a hole in its starboard side after a collision with the jury boat before the start of a practice race for America's Cup challengers off San Diego. Il Moro spokesman Stefano Roberti described the damage as a hole 2 feet by a half-foot, 2 feet above the waterline. The race would have been the first serious test against other challengers for the Italians' fifth boat -- the one they will sail in the Cup.

Roberti said the boat would not sail again until Wednesday. The starting area was sloshy despite light wind, Roberti said, and a wave carried Il Moro into the extended rear transom of the power boat.

Television

Weekend surgery on Washington sportscaster Glenn Brenner has determined his brain tumor is malignant and inoperable, doctors say. No further surgery, chemotherapy or radiation is planned for Brenner, who has been with WUSA-TV, Channel 9, since 1977.

Brenner has been off the air since suffering what was believed to be a cerebral hemorrhage Nov. 3 after completing the Marine Corps Marathon.

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