Serena Pastes Schnyder, Capriati Next at US Open

Posted on September 6, 2004

Serena Williams, hoping her surgically-repaired knee holds out in her quest to capture a third US Open title, pounded No. 15 seed Patty Schnyder in straight sets Sunday to advance into the quarterfinals for a match-up with countrywoman Jennifer Capriati.

"We always play each other," Serena said of Capriati. "I'm sure the next tournament I'm in, I'll play her again."

Schnyder said the Serena serve was the deal-breaker in their match-up.

"It was a little frustrating how she was serving," Schnyder said. "It was never possible (to get into rallies) the way she served."

Serena says the knee is fine (as she always does), and that she is not trying to play shorter points or change her game to accommodate the injury that forced her to miss the Athens Olympics.

"I really should be coming into the net a little bit more," Serena said. "My knee is doing pretty good right now. I haven't had any worries."

The No. 8-seeded Capriati beat No. 12 Ai Sugiyama of Japan in straight sets to set up another Serena meeting.

"From now on I don't believe what anyones says," Capriati said on Serena's having or not having knee problems. "I just expect them to be 100 percent at their game. Because I really don't think anybody would be playing if they really were injured."

Other seeded winners on the day were No. 2 seed Amelie Mauresmo (d. No. 16 Schiavone), and No. 6 seed Elena Dementieva (d. countrywoman No. 10 Zvonareva).

"I think my game is a little different from what we're used to seeing on the women's tour, like big hitters," said Mauresmo, who can overtake Justine Henin-Hardenne to become No. 1 for the first time during the US Open. "I'm capable of varying a little bit more and come in sometimes, serve and volley."

The emotional Zvonareva broke into tears and abused her racquet throughout her three-set loss, and after the match had a complete meltdown in the stadium tunnel, sitting on the floor crying into a towel and slamming her racquet repeatedly against the floor.

"You wouldn't see any fourth round matches of a grand slam not emotional," said a red-eyed Zvonareva in her post-match conference. "So I think everybody have emotions and everybody try their best."

On tap for Monday are (5)Davenport vs. (11)Venus (head-to-head tied 12-12), in the evening session (1)Henin-Hardenne vs. (14)Petrova (H-H leads 5-0), (29)Daniilidou vs. Asagoe (Greek leads 2-0), and (9)Kuznetsova vs. (27)Pierce (first meeting).