BALTIMORE, NOV. 27 -- It was an exhibition tonight, but don't tell the kids that. The press reminded 16-year-old Monica Seles and 14-year-old Jennifer Capriati that they were playing in the First National Bank Tennis Festival at a Baltimore armory for fun and to raise money for Pam Shriver's charities, but when they came out, they came out swinging.

Before Seles and Capriati began battering each other from the baselines, Shriver teamed up with and gave instruction to Cal Ripken Jr. and Elise Burgin paired with Julius Erving for a doubles match that, at times, resembled golf and the high jump more than tennis. Shriver had to remind Ripken to stay out of her way and Erving's specialty was the rafter smash.

But after Erving and Burgin clowned their way to victory, Seles slugged her way past Capriati, breaking her in the first game and again in the seventh of the first set. Capriati broke back in the eighth game, but Seles scored two breaks in the second set and won the match, 6-4, 6-2.

"We're going to play as well as we can," said Seles beforehand. "It's better to play Jennifer than anyone else. The other players are different, but we're great. We have so much fun on the court."

Seles, who won the first women's five-set match in 89 years when she beat Gabriela Sabatini in the Virginia Slims Championships in New York last week, regularly found the left corner with her backhand, keeping Capriati on the run.

But Capriati hit an ace in winning the fifth game and Seles began missing easy returns until the seventh game. She broke Capriati again in that game, with a running backhand to the deep left corner, and padded her lead to 5-2.

Then Capriati began to volley, coming up to the net twice in the eighth game, and got her first service break. But Seles kept pounding the ball to the left corner and won the 10th game and the first set.

"They're both extremely aggressive, even if they don't constantly serve and volley like Martina {Navratilova} and Chris {Evert}," said Shriver. "They're both sluggers. The power game in women's tennis is here to stay."

While male players have been lamenting the loss of finesse and shot placement in their game, the women are reveling in pure brute tennis.

"We're hitting harder and we're having more fun," said Seles. "If we don't hit hard, the fans go to sleep."