Wednesday, June 18, 2003

All-Williams final a Wimbledon possibility



The Associated Press

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Serena Williams, right, could hook up with her sister Venus in the womens singles final at Wimbledon.
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WIMBLEDON, England - After an all-Belgian French Open final broke the streak, Wimbledon could be another all-in-the family affair.

Serena and Venus Williams were placed on opposite sides of the Wimbledon women's draw Tuesday, meaning the sisters might face each other in yet another Grand Slam final. Defending men's champion Lleyton Hewitt got a break when his likely second-round opponent, former winner Richard Krajicek, withdrew with an injury to his right elbow just hours after the draw for the tournament, which begins Monday.

"You can't read too much into the draw," said Hewitt, the top seed. "Out of the four Grand Slams, Wimbledon is probably the one that opens up the most."

Andre Agassi, seeded second, will open against British wild card Jamie Delgado and could face No. 18 Marat Safin or big-serving Mark Philippoussis in the fourth round.

Top-seeded Serena Williams, who won Wimbledon last year, and older sister Venus, the 2000 and '01 champion, have met in four of the last five Grand Slam women's championship matches. The one they didn't reach was at Roland Garros a month ago when Justine Henin-Hardenne beat Kim Clijsters.

Serena Williams plays 66th-ranked American Jill Craybas in the first round and could meet No. 8 Jennifer Capriati in the quarters and No. 3 Henin-Hardenne in the semis. Henin-Hardenne beat Serena in the French Open semifinals and No. 2 Clijsters in the final.

Venus Williams, seeded fourth, faces a qualifier in the first round. In the fourth round she could meet 18-year-old Russian Vera Zvonareva, who beat her at the French. Venus could face No. 5 Lindsay Davenport in the quarters and Clijsters in the semis.

Agassi's potential quarterfinal and semifinal opponents are clay-court experts, No. 7 Guillermo Coria and No. 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero, the French Open champion.

Krajicek's withdrawal gives Hewitt an easier path, though he could meet hard-serving Taylor Dent in the third round. Hewitt is projected to meet fifth-seeded Andy Roddick in the quarters and No. 4 Roger Federer in the semis.

Hewitt, who will play a qualifier in the first round Monday, is looking forward to playing the first match on Centre Court.

"It's going to be a special moment," Hewitt said.

Wimbledon Draw (wc-wild card)

Men

Lleyton Hewitt (1), Australia, vs. Qualifier

Richard Krajicek, Netherlands, vs. Qualifier

Taylor Dent, United States, vs. Ivan Ljubicic, Croatia

Max Mirnyi, Belarus, vs. Vince Spadea (31), United States

Fernando Gonzalez (19), Chile, vs. Jurgen Melzer, Austria

Qualifier vs. Jonas Bjorkman, Sweden

Irakli Labadze, Georgia, vs. Justin Gimelstob, United States

Robby Ginepri, United States, vs. Arnaud Clement (15), France

Paradorn Srichaphan (12), Thailand, vs. Dominik Hrbaty, Slovakia

Olivier Mutis, France, vs. Franco Squillari, Argentina

Rafael Nadal-Parera, Spain, vs. Mario Ancic, Croatia

wc-Lee Childs, Britain, vs. Albert Costa (24), Spain

Tommy Robredo (25), Spain, vs. Jose Acasuso, Argentina

Brian Vahaly, United States, vs. Filippo Volandri, Italy

Alexander Waske, Germany, vs. Greg Rusedski, Britain

Davide Sanguinetti, Italy, vs. Andy Roddick (5), United States

Roger Federer (4), Switzerland, vs. Lee Hyung-taik, South Korea

Stefan Koubek, Austria, vs. Christophe Rochus, Belgium

Jan-Michael Gambill, United States, vs. Magnus Norman, Sweden

Mardy Fish, United States, vs. Gaston Gaudio (29), Argentina

Agustin Calleri (23), Argentina, vs. Adrian Voinea, Romania

Flavio Saretta, Brazil, vs. wc-Alan Mackin, Britain

Feliciano Lopez, Spain, vs. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia

Karol Beck, Slovakia, vs. Mikhail Youzhny (16), Russia

Rainer Schuettler (9), Germany, vs. Michel Kratochvil, Switzerland

Andreas Vinciguerra, Sweden, vs. Fabrice Santoro, France

Fernando Vicente, Spain, vs. Todd Martin, United States

John van Lottum, Netherlands, vs. Gustavo Kuerten (17), Brazil

Juan Ignacio Chela (32), Argentina, vs. Tomas Behrend, Germany

Qualifier vs. Albert Portas, Spain

Kenneth Carlsen, Denmark, vs. Nicolas Lapentti, Ecuador

wc-Arvind Parmar, Britain, vs. Sjeng Schalken (8), Netherlands

David Nalbandian (6), Argentina, vs. Vladimir Voltchkov, Belarus

Andre Sa, Brazil, vs. Mariano Puerta, Argentina

Qualifier vs. Qualifier

Karol Kucera, Slovakia, vs. Wayne Ferreira (28), South Africa

Martin Verkerk (21), Netherlands, vs. Qualifier

Qualifier vs. Nicolas Kiefer, Germany

David Sanchez, Spain, vs. Qualifier

Alex Corretja, Spain, vs. Tim Henman (10), Britain

Sebastien Grosjean (13), France, vs. Thomas Enqvist, Sweden

Alberto Martin, Spain, vs. Wayne Arthurs, Australia

Qualifier vs. Marc Rosset, Switzerland

Qualifier vs. Felix Mantilla (22), Spain

James Blake (26), United States, vs. Qualifier

Sargis Sargsian, Armenia, vs. wc-Alex Bogdanovic, Britain

Nicolas Escude, France, vs. Qualifier

Jean-Rene Lisnard, France, vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero (3), Spain

Guillermo Coria (7), Argentina, vs. Olivier Rochus, Belgium

wc-Richard Bloomfield, Britain, vs. Anthony Dupuis, France

Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic, vs. Julien Boutter, France

Qualifier vs. Jarkko Nieminen (30), Finland

Yevgeny Kafelnikov (20), Russia, vs. Raemon Sluiter, Netherlands

Hicham Arazi, Morocco, vs. Alexander Popp, Germany

David Ferrer, Spain, vs. Martin Lee, Britain

Luis Horna, Peru, vs. Jiri Novak (11), Czech Republic

Xavier Malisse (14), Belgium, vs. Qualifier

Mariano Zabaleta, Argentina, vs. Mark Philippoussis, Australia

Scott Draper, Australia, vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu, France

Qualifier vs. Marat Safin (18), Russia

Younes El Aynaoui (27), Morocco, vs. wc-Mark Hilton, Britain

Zeljko Krajan, Croatia, vs. Nicolas Massu, Chile

Lars Burgsmuller, Germany, vs. Albert Montanes, Spain

wc-Jamie Delgado, Britain, vs. Andre Agassi (2), United States

Women

Serena Williams (1), United States, vs. Jill Craybas, United States

Els Callens, Belgium, vs. Barbara Rittner, Germany

Qualifier vs. Tatiana Perebiynis, Ukraine

Alina Jidkova, Russia, vs. Laura Granville (28), United States

Meghann Shaughnessy (19), United States, vs. Qualifier

Gala Leon Garcia, Spain, vs. Qualifier

Qualifier vs. Zuzana Ondraskova, Czech Republic

Angelika Roesch, Germany, vs. Elena Dementieva (15), Russia

Anastasia Myskina (10), Russia, vs. Henrieta Nagyova, Slovakia

Lina Krasnoroutskaya, Russia, vs. wc-Julie Pullin, Britain

Barbara Schett, Austria, vs. Marta Marrero, Spain

Qualifier vs. Conchita Martinez (18), Spain

Tamarine Tanasugarn (32), Thailand, vs. Akiko Morigami, Japan

Karolina Sprem, Croatia, vs. Iveta Benesova, Czech Republic

Marissa Irvin, United States, vs. Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian, Switzerland

Myriam Casanova, Switzerland, vs. Jennifer Capriati (8), United States

Justine Henin (3), Belgium, vs. Julia Vakulenko, Ukraine

wc-Corina Morariu, United States, vs. Flavia Pennetta, Italy

Dinara Safina, Russia, vs. Alicia Molik, Australia

Lindsay Lee-Waters, United States, vs. Elena Likhovtseva (31), Russia

Lisa Raymond (23), United States, vs. Stephanie Foretz, France

wc-Jane O'Donoghue, Britain, vs. Marlene Weingartner, Germany

Mary Pierce, France, vs. Ansley Cargill, United States

Jelena Kostanic, Croatia, vs. Eleni Daniilidou (14), Greece

Jelena Dokic (11), Serbia-Montenegro, vs. wc-Elena Baltacha, Britain

Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Switzerland, vs. Stephanie Cohen Aloro, France

wc-Maria Sharapova, Russia, vs. Ashley Harkleroad, United States

Saori Obata, Japan, vs. Elena Bovina (21), Russia

Alexandra Stevenson (26), United States, vs. Emilie Loit, France

Qualifier vs. Maria Elena Camerin, Italy

Cristina Torrens Valero, Spain, vs. Cho Yoon-jeong, South Korea

Qualifier vs. Amelie Mauresmo (6), France

Lindsay Davenport (5), United States, vs. wc-Samantha Stosur, Australia

Rita Grande, Italy, vs. Patricia Wartusch, Austria

Cara Black, Zimbabwe, vs. Sandra Kleinova, Czech Republic

Klara Koukalova, Czech Republic, vs. Denisa Chladkova (30), Czech Republic

Amanda Coetzer (17), South Africa, vs. Dally Randriantefy, Madagascar

Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia, vs. Francesca Schiavone, Italy

Qualifier vs. Shinobu Asagoe, Japan

Marion Bartoli, France, vs. Daniela Hantuchova (9), Slovakia

Vera Zvonareva (16), Russia, vs. Evie Dominikovic, Australia

Conchita Martinez Granados, Spain, vs. Antonella Serra Zanetti, Italy

Qualifier vs. Iroda Tulyaganova, Uzbekistan

Petra Mandula, Hungary, vs. Patty Schnyder (20), Switzerland

Nadia Petrova (29), Russia, vs. Tathiana Garbin, Italy

Evgenia Koulikovskaya, Russia, vs. Angelique Widjaja, Indonesia

wc-Anne Keothavong, Britain, vs. Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenia

Qualifier vs. Venus Williams (4), United States

Chanda Rubin (7), United States, vs. Iva Majoli, Croatia

Silvija Talaja, Croatia, vs. Amy Frazier, United States

Nicole Pratt, Australia, vs. Qualifier

Maria Sanchez Lorenzo, Spain, vs. Silvia Farina Elia (27), Italy

Magui Serna (24), Spain, vs. Virginia Ruano Pascual, Spain

Tina Pisnik, Slovenia, vs. Maja Matevzic, Slovenia

Paola Suarez, Argentina, vs. Sarah Taylor, United States

Anca Barna, Germany, vs. Magdalena Maleeva (12), Bulgaria

Ai Sugiyama (13), Japan, vs. wc-Lucie Ahl, Britain

Ludmila Cervanova, Slovakia, vs. Qualifier

Daja Bedanova, Czech Republic, vs. Tatiana Poutchek, Belarus

Janette Husarova, Slovakia, vs. Nathalie Dechy (22), France

Anna Smashnova (25), Israel, vs. Samantha Reeves, United States

Fabiola Zuluaga, Colombia, vs. Clarisa Fernandez, Argentina

Virginie Razzano, France, vs. Anastassia Rodionova, Russia

Rossana Neffa-de los Rios, Paraguay, vs. Kim Clijsters (2), Belgium




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