Monday, June 30, 2003

In anticlimactic news from Wimbledon, four of the top 5 women's seeds have advanced to the quarterfinals; third seed Justine Henin-Hardenne is playing Mary Pierce as I write. [And it's still looking like a very real possibility that we'll get another all-Williams ladies final.] On the men's side, Agassi, Federer and Roddick (whom the UK oddsmakers, amazingly, have made the favorite) are all in action at the moment. Meanwhile, a solid piece in today's Washington Post asks, why isn't the men's game more popular in the US?

Addendum: Henin-Hardenne won, too, ending Mary Pierce's run and putting all of the top five women's seeds in the quarters. More notable in many ways, though, is the run the American women are having. 'Tis a shame that they have to knock each other out in the next round, making it very likely we'll see the Americans (either Serena or Capriati, either Venus or Davenport) vs. the Belgians (Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters) in the semifinals.

Of course, the biggest news from the All-England club today was Agassi's loss on the men's side, to Mark Philippoussis and his record-tying 46 aces. Which leaves one Yankee man in the draw - and guess who? It's Andy Roddick, who's looking very good heading into his quarterfinal against Jonas Bjorkman.

Venus and Serena, btw, won their second-round women's doubles match in straight sets.

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