Martina Hingis, the 17-year-old who is No. 1 in the world, beat former teen prodigy Jennifer Capriati 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the German Grand Prix in Hamburg.
"I didn't play like I would have liked to," said Capriati, ranked No. 227 at age 22. "I had a lot of game points but I wasn't aggressive enough. When I was aggressive, it worked well."
Capriati, whose career was stalled by drug use and injuries, dropped out of the tennis tour for nearly three seasons. She is attempting another comeback after missing two months this year with shoulder and elbow injuries.
Hingis meets Barbara Schett, who defeated Virginia Ruano-Pascual 6-0, 6-0.
Second-seeded Jana Novotna, a 6-1, 6-3, winner over qualifier Julia Abe, plays Patty Schnyder, who routed three-time Hamburg champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-3, 6-0.
MORE TENNIS: Andre Agassi beat second-seeded Jonas Bjorkman 6-2, 6-2 to cruise into the semifinals of the BMW Open in Munich, Germany. Agassi faces Galo Blanco, who beat Tomas Nydahl 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1). Magnus Gustafsson plays Thomas Enqvist. Second-seeded Jason Stoltenberg beat Richey Reneberg, who had the flu, 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals of the AT&T Challenge in Duluth, Ga. Andrei Pavel defeated Franco Squillari 6-1, 6-2. Alex Calatrava advanced when Steve Campbell quit because of the flu. Defending champion Mirjana Lucic gained a semifinal showdown against top-seeded Joanette Kruger in the Bol Open in Croatia, defeating Mariana Diaz-Oliva 6-2, 6-3. Corina Morariu faces Silvija Talaja. Slava Dosedel faces Nicolas Lapentti in the semifinals of the Czech Open clay-court tournament in Prague, and Dinu Pescariu plays Fernando Meligeni. Pete Sampras beat Ramon Delgado 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3) to reach the semifinals of the AT&T Challenge in Duluth, Ga. Sampras faces Alex Calatrava, who advanced when Steve Campbell quit because of the flu. Jason Stoltenberg, who beat flu-ridden Richey Reneberg, faces Andrei Pavel.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Loren Woods, a 7-foot-1 center once considered a successor to Tim Duncan at Wake Forest, will play at Arizona. He will have two years of eligibility after sitting out next season. Rafer Alston's failure to complete anger-management classes led to court sanctions and indefinite suspension from the Fresno State men's team.
COLLEGES: Bethune-Cookman men's and women's golf teams led after the first round of the National Minority College Golf Championships in Port St. Lucie. Pepperdine beat Princeton 15-1, 15-6, 15-4 Thursday to set up a championship match with UCLA in today's NCAA men's volleyball tournament. UCLA edged Lewis of Illinois 13-15, 15-8, 15-6, 13-15, 15-11. LSU sprinter-hurdler Astia Walker was denied a medical redshirt appeal for eligibility by the NCAA, putting her out of the June's Outdoor Championships.
HOCKEY: Defending champion Canada beat Austria 5-1 in the first round of the World Championships in Zurich, Switzerland. In Group A at Basel, Olympic champion Czech Republic routed Japan 8-2. Belarus beat Germany 4-2. Slovakia beat Italy 2-1.
SOCCER: For the first time, fans will vote for Major League Soccer's All-Star team. From May 3-June 28, ballots will be available at Kmart stores. Also for the first time, the game pits players from foreign national teams against players from the U.S. team. The Mutiny officially was allocated Bolivian midfielder Mauricio Ramos because Jacek Ziober is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
BOWLING: Eric Forkel led Jess Staybrook by 284 pins in the fifth round of qualifying for the Tucson (Ariz.) Open.
YACHTING: The Whitbread Round the World race will be renamed the Volvo Ocean Race in June.
SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING: Kristina Lum and Bill May led the duet national title competition and Anna Kozlova led in solo in the figures competition at Federal Way, Wash.
GYMNASTICS: Romania's women won the European Artistic Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.
BASKETBALL: The Tampa Bay Windjammers beat the visiting Raleigh Cougars 95-90.
_ RODNEY PAGE, TIMES WIRES