Mauresmo advances to U.S. Open semifinals

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com September 05 2002 12:00 AM ET

Out lesbian tennis player Amélie Mauresmo rallied from a second-set deficit to beat Jennifer Capriati for the third straight time Wednesday, advancing to the U.S. Open semifinals with a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory. Mauresmo won the match on the fifth match point, when Capriati hit a forehand beyond the baseline. The Frenchwoman is seeded 10th--the same seed Serena Williams was last year when she reached the final and lost to her sister, Venus Williams.

Mauresmo, her left thigh taped, started out feeling the effects of her previous match against Kim Clijsters. "I was a little bit tired from my match against Kim two days ago, so it took me a little time to get into the rhythm," Mauresmo said.

Mauresmo also reached the semifinals at Wimbledon. She beat Capriati there and in the final last month at Montreal, both times in straight sets. Mauresmo's next opponent will be the winner of Wednesday's match between second-seeded Venus Williams and sixth-seeded Monica Seles.