While the fans had their eyes fixed on the new generation of women tennis players Friday, veteran Jana Novotna moved into the semifinals of the du Maurier Open.
Novotna, 29, won her 19th consecutive match, beating 19-year-old upstart Magui Serna of Spain, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, to move within two victories of a fourth straight tournament title on the WTA Tour.
"As always, everybody else is getting all the attention and I am quietly progressing in the tournament," said Novotna, a lanky right-hander from the Czech Republic. "That's the way I like it."
The crowd poured into court No. 1 to watch teen-ager Anna Kournikova of Russia lose a rain-delayed third-round match to Spain's Conchita Martinez, 6-0, 6-3, while Novotna was finishing off Serna on Centre Court.
Martinez later lost, 6-3, 6-4, to third-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario to set up a Sanchez Vicario-Novotna semifinal today (1 p.m., Ch. 9).
Top-seeded Martina Hingis of Switzerland reached the semifinals with a 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-4 victory over Sandrine Testud of France. Hingis will face fifth-seeded Monica Seles, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Germany's Anke Huber.