Capriati beats Seles in straight setsMonica Seles...


Capriati beats Seles in straight sets

Monica Seles took five weeks off from work and paid the price for it yesterday in the final of the Pathmark Tennis Classic at Mahway, N.J.

Seles, the No. 1 player in the world, was beaten by Jennifer Capriati, 6-3, 7-5, in a 1-hour, 10-minute match.

Seles was broken five times in 10 service games. Her shots lacked crispness, and she said she didn't seem to have her usual court quickness.

Capriati, 15, had a lot to do with Seles' problems. She played almost flawlessly in handing Seles, 17, her first defeat since she dropped the final of the Italian Open to Gabriela Sabatini.

* Seles could be barred from the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, because of her late withdrawal from the Federation Cup, according to the International Tennis Federation. Seles officially pulled out Saturday from the Yugoslav team in the 32-nation competition, which begins today, saying she was "not in the form I want to be in."

The ITF also said that Martina Navratilova and Sabatini will be ineligible for the 1992 Olympics because they are skipping the Federation Cup.

A player must be in good standing with her national federation and with the ITF to qualify for the Olympics, and that depends in part on making herself available for the Federation Cup.

An official of the Yugoslav Tennis Federation said Seles is in good standing with his group.

But ITF officials said Seles' Olympic eligibility depended on Seles proving she was unable to play in the Federation Cup because of injury, and said they awaited a doctor's certificate.

* Mary Joe Fernandez struggled with the high temperatures in losing to Rosalyn Fairbank-Nideffer in the finals of the Virginia Slims Hall of Fame Invitational in Newport, R.I., and was hospitalized briefly for heat exhaustion. Fernandez lost, 1-6, 7-5, 6-0, to Fairbank-Nideffer.

Fernandez was treated for heat exhaustion during and after the match and was rushed by paramedics to Newport Hospital. Fernandez was released from Newport Hospital in good condition at 7:20 p.m., hospital spokeswoman Eleanor Janes said.

* Michael Stich beat Alberto Mancini, 1-6, 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 6-2, to win the Mercedes Cup tournament in Stuttgart, Germany.


John David Jackson used a steady right jab and overcame a 12th-round knockdown to outbox Tyrone Trice in sweltering heat and win a unanimous decision in their World Boxing Association junior middleweight title bout. The fight was held on the apron next to the winner's circle at Atlantic City (N.J.) Race Course after the Caesars International Handicap, won by a neck by Exbourne. Jackson (25-0, 14 knockouts) had less trouble in the 110-degree heat than Trice (37-4, 30 KOs).

* Anaclet Wamba of France stopped Italy's Massimiliano Duran in the 11th round Saturday night to win the World Boxing Council cruiserweight championship in Palermo, Sicily. Referee Arthur Mercante halted the bout with 42 seconds left in the round as blood spurted from a bad cut above Duran's right eye. Duran was cut during the first round, and the injury affected his vision. He was knocked down twice during the fight.


Argentina won its first South American soccer championship in 32 years by beating Colombia, 2-1, in Santiago, Chile. The victory gave Argentina (2-0-1) five points in the round-robin finals the America Cup, one more than second-place Brazil (2-1). Argentina needed the victory after Brazil beat Chile, 2-0, in the first game of yesterday's doubleheader.

Argentina got goals from Diego Simeone in the 10th minute and Gabriel Batistuta in the 20th minute. Anthony de Avila scored for Colombia 25 minutes into the second half.

Horse racing

Mister Frisky, unbeaten in his first 16 starts before finishing seventh in the 1990 Kentucky Derby, made his first public appearance in 14 months when he worked a mile at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. After the Kentucky Derby, Mister Frisky finished third in the Preakness before veterinarians discovered a life-threatening, grapefruit-sized abscess in his throat.

He underwent surgery and was entered in an allowance race at Hollywood Park Friday, which did not fill. He is expected to make his return to competition early in the Del Mar meeting, which will begin Wednesday.

Water polo

Erich Fischer's goal with 1:17 remaining in overtime gave the United States a 7-6 victory over Yugoslavia, the gold medal of the FINA Cup and its first major international tournament title. The victory came against the country that beat the United States for the Olympic gold medals in 1984 and 1988.

Motorcycle racing

American Wayne Rainey took another step toward defending his world 500cc motorcycle title with a victory over Australia's Michael Doohan in the French Grand Prix in Le Castellet, France. Doohan finished four seconds back, followed by Americans Eddie Lawson and Kevin Schwantz.

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