Serena, Mauresmo should advance

Updated: June 30, 2004, 1:42 AM ET
By Pam Shriver | Special to ESPN.com

How about that -- perfect picks in the first two quarterfinals as Lindsay Davenport advanced to face Maria Sharapova in the semifinals. Now on to the two other rain-delayed quarterfinal matchups!

Serena Williams vs. Jennifer Capriati is a resumption of the best rivalry in women's tennis. They're both top players who have won multiple majors, playing repeated big matchups at the Slams.

Grass is the surface that favors Serena right now. Capriati has been as happy and looks as good as she did when she won her majors in 2001. So, this should be another great match in keeping with their two others this year. Although Capriati won in Rome and Paris, Serena should win this one because she's a better grass-court player. Serena has stepped up her intensity in her past three matches. She's only lost three games in the past three sets she's played.

If Capriati is going to win again, her serve has to be at the highest level possible, and she needs some help from Serena in the unforced-error department.
Pick: Serena

The other matchup pits Amelie Mauresmo of France against Paola Suarez of Argentina. The last time they played in a major was in 2002 in the fourth round and Suarez won. That was at the French Open, however, where Mauresmo's nerves take over under the pressure of her home-based Slam.

It's different at Wimbledon. If Mauresmo plays sloppy and doesn't put pressure on Suarez, Suarez plays with enough consistency to win. Yet, it's difficult to imagine Mauresmo not winning this match. She's been routinely winning and playing good grass-court tennis.
Pick: Mauresmo

ESPN tennis analyst Pam Shriver won 21 singles and 112 doubles crowns, including 22 Grand Slam titles.

A top player on the women's tennis tour more than 15 years, Pam Shriver hosts ESPN's women's tennis telecasts. She also appears as a sideline reporter on select men's matches.

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