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SHRIVER NO MATCH FOR CAPRIATI; IVANISEVIC BLASTS WAY TO VICTORY

SHARE SHRIVER NO MATCH FOR CAPRIATI; IVANISEVIC BLASTS WAY TO VICTORY

Jennifer Capriati won 17 of the first 18 points as she trounced fellow American Pam Shriver 6-2, 6-4 today in a Centre Court mismatch that was much more lopsided than the score indicated.

The sixth-seeded Capriati, who at 16 is barely more than half Shriver's age, slammed winners from all over the court and tantalized her opponent with soft lobs.Shriver, who turns 30 next week, was overwhelmed by Capriati's shots and had little power on her own strokes. Shriver simply punched the ball back at times, rather than hitting full strokes.

At one point in the first set, Shriver yelled "Go Out!" as a Capriati lob sailed over her head - and then raised her arms in mock triumph when the ball went long.

While Shriver was embarrassed by a younger rival, an old friend - Martina Navratilova - was rallying to defeat another member of the younger generation.

Nine-time Wimbledon singles champion Navratilova, 35, the third seed this year, completed a second-round victory over Kimberly Po, 20.

The match was tied at one set apiece when darkness suspended play Wednesday evening, and Navratilova was struggling. But she quickly took control today to finish off a 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 victory.

Three other women's seeds advanced into the third round today.

Ninth seed Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere defeated Kathy Rinaldi 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and Zina Garrison, seeded 13th, defeated fellow American Linda Harvey-Wild 6-2, 6-4. Judith Wiesner, seeded 16th, was a 6-0, 6-1 winner over Kataryna Nowak.

Top men's seed Jim Courier continued his steady progress, defeating Byron Black 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. Courier has not lost a set since the quarterfinals of the French Open.

Wayne Ferreira, the 14th seed, also advanced to the third round with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 defeat of Christo van Rensburg.

Goran Ivanisevic pounded 34 aces, the most in a Wimbledon match in 16 years, while defeating Mark Woodforde on Centre Court.

Pete Sampras, meanwhile, rattled the ace-counter's abacus with 28 serves that Todd Woodbridge never touched.

Sampras, the fifth seed, hit the ball like a rocket against Woodbridge and had pinpoint accuracy on the placement of his serves in his 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (7-9), 6-4 Centre Court victory.

In other second-round matches, second-seeded Stefan Edberg defeated Gary Muller 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), third-seeded defending champion Michael Stich beat Amos Mansdorf 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-3 and 10th-seeded Ivan Lendl defeated Arne Thoms 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 7-5.

In the completion of a suspended first-round match, 12th-seeded Andre Agassi beat Andrei Chesnokov 5-7, 6-1, 7-5, 7-5.

In women's second-round matches, top-seeded Monica Seles defeated Sabine Appelmans 6-3, 6-2, Julie Halard upset fifth-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 and seventh-seeded Mary Joe Fernandez beat Nanne Dahlman 7-5, 6-2.