Capriati, Connors fail to find magic, fall in U.S. Open Sixth seed falls to Hy of Canada

September 05, 1992|By Bill Glauber | Bill Glauber,Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Sixteen wasn't so sweet for Jennifer Capriati, after all.

She lost 30 pounds, gained an Olympic gold medal and signed another multimillion dollar endorsement contract.

But she didn't win a Grand Slam title.

Yesterday, the "Dream Teen" of tennis was taken out in the third round of the U.S. Open by a 27-year-old named Patricia Hy.

Final score: 7-5, 6-4.

"Well, I had a pretty good summer," Capriati said. "I guess, stuff happens."

It certainly does at the Open.

After a day of rain, they served up so many matches to complete the men's second round yesterday that you could walk around the National Tennis Center and find superstars playing in out-of-the-way places.

For the first time since he was a junior, Boris Becker was sent off to Flushing Meadow's Siberia, Court 16, a 2,000-seat stadium where garbage trucks rumble by every five minutes and fans peek through the fences. Becker shrieked into towels, argued line calls, even talked back to the fans, and finally beat Robbie Weiss, who retired with stomach cramps at 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-0.

Goran Ivanisevic and MaliVai Washington played side-by-side on the courts closest to the ice cream stands. Both won, Ivanisevic over Leonardo Lavalle, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, and Washington over Marc Goellner, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

They saved the stadium and the grandstand for the top seeds. No. 2 Stefan Edberg, No. 3 Pete Sampras, No. 4 Michael Chang and No. 8 Andre Agassi all winning in straight sets. But the feature turned out to be No. 6 Capriati against Hy. They staged it on the grandstand, the 6,000 fans packed in so close some could literally reach out and touch the players.

"We walk out on the court, the whole grandstand was going to crumble down from the clapping," Hy said. "I was the underdog."

Capriati may still be the kid most likely to dominate women's tennis, but Hy has a good story to tell, too.

Born in Cambodia, she and her family fled the Khmer Rouge in 1971, walking and hitch-hiking to Thailand, settling for a time in Hong Kong. Her father, Ny, taught her to play tennis. Her mother, Sopha, also helped support the career. And then, Sopha visited Vancouver's Chinatown and liked the atmosphere so much, she moved the family to Canada. So Hy is a Canadian, now, but she's like any other tennis player, a multilingual citizen of the world.

Ranked 36th on the women's tour, she has been close to staging upsets before. But in the Open, she always seems to come up against Capriati, playing her the past three years.

"I thought it was funny," Hy said. "I wasn't taken back that I had to play Jennifer."

Hy had all the right shots, yesterday, softening up Capriati with drops and then applying the final touches, outhitting the kid from the baseline.

In the end, it was Capriati who became tentative, who stopped swinging from the heels, who played it safe and who lost. She's gone and Hy moves on to the fourth round, where she'll meet Helena Sukova, a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Lori McNeil. And waiting in the wings is defending champion Monica Seles, who beat Claudia Porwik, 6-4, 6-0.

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