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CAPRIATI PUTS END TO SELES' UNDEFEATED STREAK

Monica Seles lost a match for the first time in four months. She failed to reach a tournament final for the first time since 1990. She double-faulted on match point for the first time ever.

Jennifer Capriati interrupted Seles' winning ways Wednesday, scoring a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) upset in the quarterfinals of the International Players Championships.The top-ranked Seles had won 27 matches in a row and had reached the final of 21 consecutive tournaments, two shy of Martina Navratilova's open-era record. The streaks ended meekly: Seles double-faulted on the final point, hitting her second serve into the net.

"It's really the first time I've ever double-faulted on match point," Seles said.

She also had two crucial double-faults when serving for the second set with a 5-3 lead.

"I was a little tight today. I don't know why," said Seles, 19-1 in 1992. "I was not hitting with the same power, not attacking the ball."

A recent six-week layoff to spend time with friends and family apparently did wonders for Capriati, who turns 16 on March 29.

"How do you think it feels?" she said. "Great. I'm really excited."

Fourth-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario also advanced to today's semifinals by beating unseeded Amanda Coetzer of South Africa 6-1, 6-4.

Tonight, Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini will meet for the 31st time. On Wednesday, Graf beat Mary Joe Fernandez 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 and Sabatini overwhelmed Amy Frazier 6-0, 6-1.

In the upset-filled men's division, defending champion Jim Courier remained alive. The top-ranked Courier rallied to a 6-7 (8-10), 6-2, 6-0 victory over Diego Nargiso of Italy, who's ranked No. 100 in the world.

Courier's semifinal opponent Friday will be ninth-ranked Michael Chang, who beat No. 4 Pete Sampras 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).