Capriati knocked out of Sydney International


Jennifer Capriati's build-up to the defence of her Australian Open suffered a major blow today when she was knocked out of the Sydney International by Alexandra Stevenson.

The loss means Capriati will go into next week's Australian Open - as the number one seed - with only one match under her belt this year.

Capriati was the only seeded woman who failed to reach the quarter-finals in Sydney, a tournament she won in 1993, although Belgium's Kim Clijsters had a scare in her second round match with Italian Silvia Farina Elia.

Third seed Clijsters lost the first set in a tiebreak and was down 2-0 in the second before clawing her way back to win 6-7 6-4 6-1.

Clijsters will play her Fed Cup partner Justine Henin in the quarter-finals after the Wimbledon finalist thrashed Spanish veteran Conchita Martinez 6-0 6-3.

Seventh seed Sandrine Testud beat Henrieta Nagyova 6-1 6-2 and American eighth seed Meghann Shaughnessy defeated Daniela Hantuchova, 6-4 6-1.