Some victories are measured by scores, some are commemorated with trophies and some, such as Jennifer Capriati's, can be seen merely by watching a player perform with passion again.
Capriati expressed that passion with every panting breath in lung-searing, 90-degree heat at the French Open today, reaching the round of 16 in a Grand Slam event for the first time since 1993.
Capriati pounded Silvia Farina into submission -- the Italian called it quits, blaming a leg injury, while losing 6-2, 4-0 -- and extended to eight her longest winning streak in six years.
In other women's matches, five-time French Open champion Steffi Graf and three-time champ Monica Seles stayed on course for a semifinal showdown with victories. Second-seeded Lindsay Davenport escaped with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victory over Colombia's Fabiola Zuluaga.
On the men's side, No. 3 Patrick Rafter lost, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, to Brazil's unseeded Fernando Meligeni to follow the early exits of No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov and No. 2 Pete Sampras. Gustavo Kuerten, the 1997 champion and No. 8 seed, beat Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3; No. 6 Alex Corretja of Spain downed Gaston Gaudio, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3; and No. 14 Felix Mantilla of Spain beat Germany's Tommy Haas, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, 6-4.
But it was Capriati's victory that captivated the crowd with a sense of nostalgia and triumph.
Though Capriati is coming off her first tournament title -- on clay at Strasbourg -- since Sydney in 1993, she remains a long shot to win the French and may not get past the next round against Davenport. But anyone who remembers the joy of her early days and the troubles of her late teen years can take pleasure in her transformation.
"I wouldn't say I have it, like, all together now," she said. "I don't have it figured out. It's not perfect for me. I don't think it ever is perfect for anybody.
"I'm just doing the best I can and always making sure that I am happy and that everything's okay with me and my family, the people that I love. I'll be happy as long as I'm a good person."
Capriati, 23, reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in 1993, three years after she became -- at 14 years 2 months -- the youngest semifinalist in the tournament's history.
She dropped off the circuit in 1994 and 1995, going through drug rehabilitation and counseling, and in the ensuing years she tried several comebacks. In the past three years, she has played only seven Grand Slam tournaments, never advancing beyond the second round.
"The whole time has really been just like one big comeback," she said, "trying to get to the point where I can say that, `Yeah, I'm back.' "
Davenport sighed in relief at a lucky net cord on a shot by Zuluaga at 5-5 in the tiebreaker that helped her turn around her match.
"It was tough going out there," Davenport said. "I knew that she was a very good player, especially on clay. And she started rocketing balls, not nervous at all, going for her shots.
"I was down three-love in just six minutes."
Davenport managed to hold, then break Zuluaga at 5-3 when she was serving for the set.
"She let me back into the first set," Davenport said. "She had a few set points at 5-4 [that] I was able to save, and then I won the tiebreaker."
With Zuluaga dispirited by that loss, Davenport cruised through the second set.
Graf, seeded No. 6, beat Sweden's Asa Carlsson, 6-1, 6-4, to reach the round of 16, while No. 3 Seles downed Spain's Maria Antonia Sanchez-Lorenzo by the same score.
Graf next faces Anna Kournikova, who looked in top form in a 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 victory over 11th-seeded Patty Schnyder.
Seles, who reached the final last year only three weeks after her father's death but lost to Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, next meets No. 16 Julie Halard Decugis of France, who defeated Cristina Torrens-Valero of Spain, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
When: Through June 6.
Where: Roland Garros, Paris.
Defending Champions: Carlos Moya and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.
Today's TV: WRC-4, WBAL-11, 2 p.m.
Yesterday's Key Results: Men -- Fernando Meligeni, Brazil, def. Patrick Rafter (3), Australia, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; Alex Corretja (6), Spain, def. Gaston Gaudio, Argentina, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3; Gustavo Kuerten (8), Brazil, def. Sjeng Schalken, Netherlands, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3. Women -- Lindsay Davenport (2), Newport Beach, Calif., def. Fabiola Zuluaga, Colombia, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3; Monica Seles (3), Sarasota, Fla., def. Maria Antonia Sanchez-Lorenzo, Spain, 6-1, 6-4; Steffi Graf (6), Germany, def. Asa Carlsson, Sweden, 6-1, 6-4; Anna Kournikova, Russia, def. Patty Schnyder (11), Switzerland, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.
Today's Featured Matches: Men -- Carlos Moya (4) vs. Andre Agassi (13); Marcelo Rios (9) vs. Alberto Berasategui; Greg Rusedski (12) vs. Marcelo Filippini; Dominik Hrbaty, Slovakia, vs. Marat Safin, Russia. Women -- Hingis (1) vs. Ruxandra Dragomir; Davenport (2) vs. Jennifer Capriati; Seles (3) vs. Julie Halard Decugis (16); Jana Novotna (4) vs. Sylvia Plitschke; Venus Williams (5) vs. Barbara Schwartz; Graf (6) vs. Kournikova; Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (7) vs. Mary Joe Fernandez.
CAPTION: Unseeded Fernando Meligeni of Brazil lets his emotions flow after knocking off third-seeded Patrick Rafter in four sets to gain a spot in the round of 16.