Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Relaxed but unsmiling, Jennifer Capriati, 18, returned to a tournament practice court Monday.

Capriati, who lost interest in tennis more than a year ago, was all business at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia as she returned balls to new coach Jose Higueras. She has a first-round match Wednesday night against No. 6 seed Anke Huber of Germany in the Virginia Slims of Philadelphia.

The tourney appearance will be her first since she left the game and battled a host of problems, including drugs.

"I wouldn't say I'm in tip-top shape, but I feel good enough to break the ice," Capriati said.

In first-round tournament action Monday, Californian Meilen Tu, 16, upset South Africa's Amanda Coetzer, No. 16 in the world, 6-1, 6-3.


Martin Advances Is Moscow

Todd Martin, ranked 10th in the world, beat Sweden's Henrik Holm 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (8-6) in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Also advancing were Russia's Alexander Volkov, Germany's Markus Zoecke, American Chuck Adams, Italy's Andrea Gaudenzi, Germany's Hendrick Dreekman, and the Czech Republic's Daniel Vacek. Dreekman beat two-time champion Andrei Cherkasov of Russia. In Antwerp, Belgium, fourth-seeded Richard Krajicek lost a match in which he didn't lose a service game. Frenchman Olivier Delaitre, ranked 44th in the world, offset the big Dutchman's whizzing aces and won 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4), advancing to the second round of the European Community Championship.



Surgery On Flanders Is Successful

Flanders, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, underwent successful surgery in Louisville, Ky., to repair a fractured bone in her right front leg. Veterinarians L.R. Bramlage and R.W. Copelan inserted two cortical bone screws across the fracture to stabilize the portion of the cannon bone Flanders fractured in Saturday's race. …

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