The luck stops here, but Hy doesn't Underdog on a roll after Capriati upset

September 07, 1992|By Bill Glauber | Bill Glauber,Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Patricia Hy watches the television news. She hears how some sportscasters call her third-round U.S. Open victory over Jennifer Capriati lucky. She even gets angry.

"I can do some damage, you know," Hy said. "I am up here competing with people. I've got some great matches behind me."

Hy added another terrific match to her Open resume yesterday, defeating No. 13 seed Helena Sukova, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2), in the fourth round.

The victory moved Hy into a new league: the Open quarterfinals against defending champion Monica Seles.

Seles, adding grunts with every match, beat Gigi Fernandez, 6-1, 6-2, in a 53-minute display of power tennis.

"I am not making an effort not to grunt," Seles said. "But maybe the next match, I will have a tougher match, and maybe then I'll have to grunt some more."

Seles hardly broke a sweat against Fernandez, and she really could have a tougher time against Hy, the 27-year-old Canadian who was born in Cambodia, was raised in Hong Kong and attended college in the United States.

Once again, Hy displayed a varied game from the baseline, mixing drop shots with ground strokes. She forced Sukova to run down shot after shot. And since Sukova has all the mobility of a pillar, it was clear that Hy was going to gain her second straight upset.

Still, this is uncharted territory for Hy, ranked No. 36 and now in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Before yesterday's match, she talked about her ascent at the Open with her fiance and coach, Yves Boulais.

"Whenever I get scared or fearful in some things, I tell him," she said. "And I told him that I am scared because this is unfamiliar territory. I mean, I just beat somebody [Capriati] big and somebody who is expected to win the U.S. Open. But I beat her, so I am scared that I might not be able to get my intensity on to the next match. We just talked it out, and it just came down to this: I have to decide what I want to achieve in my career. Am I content for one win, or can I keep it going."

Hy said the crowd made it easier for her to win yesterday. In the third round, the fans cheered for Capriati. Yesterday, they roared for Hy.

"I don't know if they were Canadians or New Yorkers," she said. "I couldn't figure it out. The entire stand was for me. It feels great to have people rooting for you instead of against you."

Hy again should have the crowd on her side when she meets Seles. But that might not be enough. With or without grunts, Seles is clearly the top woman in the field. But the last time they played, Hy took a set off Seles. Now, she'll aim for two.

"I learned that whoever I play, after I win one set, it doesn't mean I have the match won," Hy said. "I have to play until the last point is hit. Monica just happens to be ranked No. 1, and I know she has had great successes, but I have some great matches behind me."

Gabriela Sabatini, who struggled in a three-set, fourth-round victory over Natalia Zvereva, easily reached the Open quarterfinals for the sixth straight year with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Sabine Appelmans.

Sabatini, the fourth seed, will next meet No. 7 Mary Joe Fernandez, a 6-0, 6-4 winner over Mary Pierce.

"I think I have a very tough round ahead," Sabatini said. "But that is how I like it."

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