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Another missed opportunity

Latest: Saturday September 30, 2000 01:17 PM

  Maggie Maggie wins over Kournikova.

LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- Anna Kournikova was bounced out of the $170,000 WTA SEAT Open semifinals Saturday after Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva defeated her in straight sets.

The 19-year-old Russian, seeded second at the tournament, was unable to muster a solid game against seventh seeded Maleeva who won the battle easily, 6-2, 6-4.

Kournikova, ranked 13th in the world, overcame defending champion Kim Clijsters on Friday to secure a semifinal berth, but was stopped cold by Maleeva in the semifinals. The Russian has not had a stellar year, making early exits at most grand slam events where she played. She was ousted in the third round of this year's U.S. Open and the second round of Wimbledon.

The upset leaves American Jennifer Capriati favorite to win, heading into Sunday's final.

Capriati, seeded third and 16th in world rankings, beat unseeded Barbara Rittner of Germany 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

The 24-year-old will be looking to add to her eight career singles tournament wins when she plays against Maleeva in Sunday's SEAT Open final.

Maleeva played her best tennis of the season at the Du Maurier Open in Montreal this summer making it to the quarterfinals before losing to Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain.