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Last Updated:  Friday, 21 February, 2003, 17:59 GMT
Seles reaches Dubai final
Friday's WTA round-up

Dubai Open

Monica Seles in action against Amelie Mauresmo
Seles is through to her 85th final

Amelie Mauresmo's title defence came to a premature end as she was forced to retire from her semi-final against Monica Seles with a pulled thigh muscle.

The French second seed, who had only just returned after four months out with a career-threatening knee injury, called it a day at 3-6 2-2 in the second set.

Seles is now through to the 85th final of her career and will play top seed Justine Henin-Hardenne, who beat Jennifer Capriati 7-5 4-6 6-4.

It was so close in the first set so it was a shame it finished in that way
Monica Seles
Mauresmo will return to Paris for a check on the abductor muscle problems before heading off to the United States for the Indian Wells tournament.

"I am disappointed to have lost my title but also because I felt I was playing well," she said.

"This is two injuries in two weeks because in Paris a fortnight ago I hurt the other one (the left thigh).

"But the doctor told me that this can happen when you come back after months away from competition - that you often have muscle problems.

"The main thing is that the knee is still fine. It is a miracle to me. It's unbelievable that I can do so much."

Fourth seed Seles, who lost to Mauresmo in last year's semi-final, coped well in the blustery conditions.

She broke for the second time to lead 4-2 before taking the first set, and Mauresmo retired after failing to convert a break point at 2-1 in the second.

I've played a lot of tough matches against Jennifer, so I knew it could be difficult
Justine Henin-Hardenne
Henin-Hardenne struggled for two hours and 25 minutes before edging third seed Capriati.

Capriati pressured her Belgian opponent from beginning to end with her blistering groundstrokes, but gave away points at crucial stages.

But despite her defeat, the American was satisfied with a week in which she claimed her first victories of the year.

"For the most part I guess I played pretty well and I definitely had my chances," Capriati said.

"But it's a good positive start for me. I can't expect to win everything right off the bat. I've got to ease into it and get in a little bit better shape."

St Jude Classic

Third-seed Amanda Coetzer of South Africa is aiming for her first title since 2001 after beating Laura Granville 6-4 6-1.

She will face defending champion and second-seed Lisa Raymond in the final thanks to the American's 6-3 2-6 6-3 win over Yoon Jeong Cho of South Korea.

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