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  Wednesday, 23 January, 2002, 03:20 GMT
Capriati thrashes Mauresmo
Amelie Mauresmo cannot hide her disappointment after losing to top seed Jennifer Capriati
Mauresmo was outclassed by top seed Capriati
Jennifer Capriati finally produced something approaching her best form to beat France's Amelie Mauresmo 6-2 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

Capriati will meet fourth seed Kim Clijsters in the last four after the Belgian earlier beat her compatriot Justine Henin in straight sets.

"I had to be ready and determined for today's match and I feel I'm at the next level," said Capriati.


I just can't explain it, the basics were wrong and my tactics were awful
Amelie Mauresmo
"I'm in the second week and it's getting down to the moment where the best players bring their best tennis to the court."

Seventh seed Amelie Mauresmo had looked impressive en route to the last eight but was no match for the defending champion.

Capriati started at a fierce pace, not allowing her opponent to settle as she broke twice on her way to a 4-0 lead.

Mauresmo wasted an opportunity to stop the American's charge when she let three break points slip in the fourth game.

The 22-year-old Frenchwoman continued to make errors in the second set, hitting three doubles faults and two backhand errors on the way to surrendering the third game.

A total of 34 unforced errors from Mauresmo ensured the match was over in 65 minutes.

Mauresmo reached the final three years ago
Mauresmo wasted five break points
"I just made too many mistakes and you cannot expect to play a good match or even win when you come into the match too late like I did today," said Mauresmo.

"I just can't explain it. The basics were wrong and my tactics were awful."

Capriati did not appear to be hampered by the hip injury that has troubled her in this tournament, and looked forward to taking on Clijsters - the woman she beat in last year's French Open final.

"Now that I'm done with this match, I can start thinking about the next one,' she said.

"I know how Kim plays and I'm not going to change my game too much. I know what I have to do, it's just a matter of executing it.

"She hasn't really been put to the test at all, and even though I've had a few tough matches, I still feel pretty fresh, so hopefully I'll come out strong and play like I did today.

"Kim played really well against me in the French Open, she definitely lifts her game against the top players, but these are different circumstances, different surface."

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