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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 June, 2004, 15:21 GMT 16:21 UK
Myskina storms to final
Anastasia Myskina
Russia's Anastasia Myskina made light work of Jennifer Capriati to reach the final of the French Open.

The American, seeded seventh in Paris, looked out of sorts as Myskina cruised to a 6-2 6-2 victory to set up an all-Russian final against Elena Dementieva.

The sixth seed did not need to be at her best with Capriati making unforced errors throughout the match.

The American swapped her racquet four times but it made no difference as she slumped to a shock defeat in Paris.

"I am really surprised that I am still in Paris with a Russian final. That's just great for us," said Myskina.

"I played really good, but she didn't play her best. It was a nervous match at the beginning especially for me, but something was wrong with her today, definitely."

I'm very surprised to still be in this tournament
Anstasia Myskina
Capriati made no excuses for her performance.

"I just had a bad day," the American said.

"I just didn't make it difficult for her at all.

"There's no reason, no nothing, I just didn't play well."

Capriati went into the match as the outstanding favourite having beaten number two seed Serena Williams in the quarter finals.

But that match appeared to have taken its toll on the 2001 champion, who looked leaden-footed from the very start of Thursday's semi-final.

Myskina, on the other hand, looked at ease although the opening exchanges saw both players concede points with unforced errors.

Unfortunately for Capriati, many of her mistakes cropped up during her service games.

The 28-year-old's baseline game was scrappy to say the least, with her opponent forcing the play instead of the far more experienced American.

Arguably the turning point of the match came as early as the sixth game of the first set.

With the scores at 4-2, Capriati saved two break points and looked to have held her service game. But with the game at deuce, an overhit forehand under no pressure gave Myskina the game and break.

Myskina broke the American again to win the set.

The second set followed a similar pattern, with Capriati showing no signs of frustration and leaving the watching public wondering as to what was going on inside her mind.

But for Myskina, Capriati's mental state was of no concern.

She broke her opponent's serve again in the eighth game and jumped up with delight knowing she had booked a place in her first ever Grand Slam final.

"I fought on every point," said the 22-year-old afterwards. "I'm very surprised to still be in this tournament...but I won."



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