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  Saturday, 19 January, 2002, 09:53 GMT
Capriati struggles through
American tennis star and number one seed Jennifer Capriati applauds the crowd after her 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, victory over Eleni Daniilidou from Greece
Capriati says her hip is not bothering her now
Top seed Jennifer Capriati was made to fight hard to reach the last 16 of the Australian Open by third round opponent Eleni Daniilidou.

The American suffered a second set blip before triumphing 6-2 3-6 6-1.

The defending champion took the first set but a rash of unforced errors allowed Daniilidou to take the second.

The 19-year-old Daniilidou, who climbed the rankings from No. 320 last year, led 1-0 and 40-30 in the final set.

But that would be her high point, as two errors and a forehand volley winner from Capriati changed the complexion of the match.


In the third set, I don't think I let her play any more
Jennifer Capriati

The Greek won just six more points in the final five games.

Capriati said she felt confident throughout the match, knowing she could rebound.

"Maybe it was good for me to have a match like that," she added.

"In the third set, I don't think I let her play any more."

Capriati suffered a right hip flexor strain slightly more than a week ago, but said she was not hurting anymore.

"Hopefully I can hang in for another week," she said. "I had the other leg taped just because I had a bit of a skin rash.


It was important for me to pull through this one - I had to fight for it which is good for me
Jennifer Capriati

"She was a tough opponent," admitted Capriati after the match.

"It was important for me to pull through this one - I had to fight for it which is good for me," she added.

Capriati also had to battle against a crowd which cheered every shot of her plucky opponent.

"It felt like I was playing in my own country," said Daniilidou.

The reigning champion will meet Rita Grande in the next round.

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