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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 July, 2003, 17:10 GMT 18:10 UK
Serena sees off Capriati
Serena Williams in action against Jennifer Capriati
Williams recovered after losing the first set

Defending champion Serena Williams overcame an erratic first set to beat Jennifer Capriati and reach the semi-finals.

The top seed won 2-6 6-2 6-3 to stay on course for a meeting with Justine Henin-Hardenne, the woman who beat her in this year's French Open semi-final.

The Belgian's win was marred by controversy after the crowd turned on the world number one and began booing her in the final set.

However, Williams insists she is not looking for revenge.

"This is the semis of Wimbledon and I will go in with mindset of wanting to get to the final," she said.

"What happened in Paris stayed in Paris - it'll be a different match."

Williams began poorly, committing a rash of unforced errors as eighth seed Capriati broke twice to take the first set.

But the 21-year-old hit back to take the second and an early break in the third was enough to secure victory.

Williams admitted that she was relieved to get through.

"It was definitely tough. I knew I would have a tough match because she's being playing very well and I hadn't beaten her on grass," she told the BBC.

"The rallies were fantastic. I didn't win them all but I enjoyed them all."

Williams struggled to close out the match but afterwards denied feeling any tension.

"It's very exciting. I have no nerves. I've been in this position so many times," she said.

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Capriati, who has now lost the last eight encounters against Williams, said she was happy to have pushed the world number one.

"She had to play her best tennis to beat me - I don't think I gave her the match," she said.

"I was right there with her she just served well especially when I had the break points in the third set.

"The way I played today I don't think anyone else could have beaten me. The only reason she beat me is because of the way she served and no one else serves like that."



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