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Wimbledon 2003 is the 117th edition of the tournament since it began in 1877.

The third and most celebrated of the Grand Slams, Wimbledon is much more than the strawberries and cream that have come to be associated with it.

A collection of the best stories from the event.

JULY 7, 2003

My tears for tragic coach
The Swiss hero, 21, wept as he paid tribute to former coach Peter Carter ó who died in a car crash 11 months ago.

Federer brings grace to Wimbledon
The new model has a compact, fuel-efficient body, uncanny acceleration coming out of turns, solid two-wheel drive from the baseline and fluid power steering on the volley.

It's the Feder duster
He cried like a little baby - but Roger Federer finally came of age.

Federer's dream may signal dawn of a new era
Flawless display by modest 21-year-old evokes memories of Centre Court legends and may prove to be a portent for years of domination.

Grace not grunt wins the day
Boris Becker was surely right when he said on air Sunday, "The future has come today."

Federer finally fulfills potential
There are good and bad sides to being the anointed great one, and Switzerland's Roger Federer has been the victim and beneficiary of both.

Relief and joy for Federer after winning Wimbledon
When Wimbledon finally was won and the burden of expectations lifted, Roger Federer dropped to his knees, arms aloft.

Champion eradicates the final weakness from his game
Swiss demonstrates he has the all-court strengths to dominate while the Williams sisters prove that power is decisive.

Federer relishes Wimbledon title
He fought Philippoussis' fire with some of his own, outserving and outvolleying the powerful Australian.

JULY 6, 2003

Philippoussis goes from wheelchair-bound to Wimbledon finalist
Doctors told him to give up the game. If his left knee could talk, it would've said the same thing.

Now Federer can live with Sampras tag
The well-constructed Swiss 21-year-old is, in the opinion of the three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, "someone who comes along in tennis every 10 or 20 years".

A final too painful to watch
Serena defeats her stricken sister Venus to retain the Wimbledon title in a three-set anti-climax.

Martina enters season of mellow fruitfulness
Given the lifestyle, somebody like Martina Navratilova would be a warm contender to reach five score years.

Just Williams: a plot with little passion
Conspiracy theorists abound as sisterly sympathy takes edge off an all too cosy confrontation.

Timetable chaos threatens to leave Woodbridge doubled up
No rest for the wicked or the doubles player.

Tradition bows out
The curtsy is fading and a retractable roof is being considered.

Wimbledon Notebook
Who would win if Martina Navratilova played Wimbledon champion Serena Williams or sister Venus?

Serena Williams Wins Battle of Attrition
Once again, Serena Williams won a Grand Slam singles title with mixed emotions.

Serena too strong for Venus again
Serena Williams overcame her injured older sister and the weight of history to retain her Wimbledon title.

Nice 'n easy for Serena
Serena Williams overcame her injured older sister and the weight of history to retain her Wimbledon title on Centre Court.

Serena claims Wimbledon glory
Serena Williams beats sister Venus in three sets to retain her Wimbledon title.

JULY 5, 2003

Junk is the chink in the Williams armour
If I was facing one of the Williams sisters in today's women's singles final with the game that I had at my peak, I would like my chances of winning, says Martina Navratilova.

Federer takes Wimbledon by storm
All that the Americans got on the 4th of July here this year was Andy Roddick's red glare.

Roddick in bad need of a rethink
There was a strong hint that Andy Roddick might fall apart in the semi-fianl against Roger Federer.

Henamn is told to shelve his dream
Boris Becker last night warned Tim Henman he would have to take his game to a new level to have any chance of becoming Wimbledon champion.

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Dossier
The world's most famous tennis coach believes fitness could prove the deciding factor in battle of the best.

Wimbledon referee set to spill the beans
Cool-headed diplomat Alan Mills has been at the centre of some of the most explosive rows in the history of Wimbledon.

Wimbledon, up close and personal
Wimbledon hums with sex. It's two weeks of barely sublimated desire.

Federer in place to realise his destiny
Those who saw the 19-year-old Roger Federer defeat Pete Sampras two years ago believed they had seen a future champion.

JULY 4, 2003

Williams sisters to do it again at Wimbledon
A vengeful Serena Williams demolished Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-3 6-2 in a grudge match on Thursday to reach her second successive Wimbledon final against elder sister Venus.

Wimbledon Champs Push for Smaller Racket
A group headed by former Wimbledon champions such as Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker and John McEnroe thinks rackets should be smaller.

Serena's revenge is so sweet
Serena Williams took brutal revenge for her French Open humiliation with a ruthless demolition of Roland Garros champion Justine Henin-Hardenne - then tried to insist there were no hard feelings.

Henman: I may never win Wimbledon
Tim Henman has admitted that he might have blown his best chance of winning Wimbledon.

Brit fans have had their Phil of Aussie Mark
Mark Philippoussis produced a stunning comeback yesterday to complete a day of misery for British tennis.

Roddick Faces Swiss Roadblock on Way to Wimbledon Tennis Final
To reach his first Grand Slam tennis final, Andy Roddick must do something else he's never done: beat Roger Federer.

Tim Henman's Wimbledon dreams end in failure - again
Tim Henman's dream of Wimbledon glory turned to a nightmare yet again as he lost his rain delayed match against Sebastien Grosjean 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Rain won't go away at Wimbledon
They sprinkled in a little tennis with the rain Wednesday at Wimbledon, a place where the rain gauge comes with a yardstick.

Title awaits new champion
Wimbledon will herald a new men's champion on Monday and for the four protagonists left in the draw, the moment has been a long time coming.

Roddick, Federer chasing first Slam
Andy Roddick and Roger Federer are the Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson of the ATP tour.

Power play puts Roddick in semis
Finally, it has come to this: Andy Roddick's power has become such a potent weapon that a group of former players want to make it illegal.

Roddick bashes his way into semifinals
Andy Roddick and coach Brad Gilbert are both tightly wound types. Roddick talks in rat-a-tat bursts.

Roddick serves up a powerful message
Andy Roddick at last looks strong enough to carry the baggage. The man who has been weighed down for the past three years with the mantle of the next great American player had no problems carrying the tag of bookies' favourite as he reached his first Wimbledon semi-final.

Bra company pads Wimbledon prize money
Bra manufacturer Berlei chipped in $66,800 Thursday to make the women's purse at Wimbledon equal to the men's.

Was Wimbledon wet and disappointing?
It's that time of year again. West London is going tennis mad. Tiger Tim Henman was looking like getting knocked out as the Times went to press on Thursday and Englandís hopes looked yet again to have been dashed.

Wi-Fi at Wimbledon
This week's Wimbledon tennis tournament at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London is by no means the first major sporting event to feature on-site Wi-Fi hotspot services.

Tune in, kids: Roddick to play in Wimbledon semifinals
Andy Roddick remembers when he was 6 or 7 and home in Florida watching Wimbledon telecasts of matches between Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg on Centre Court.

Wimbledon hunks melting tennybopper hearts
Wimbledon ceased being a Grand Slam the other day and transmuted into a dazzling London premiere. It's Mark's Cherubs: Full Throttle, starring Andy, Sebastien and Roger.

JULY 3, 2003

Incomplete matches on a soggy day
When it rains at Wimbledon, which is too often, the tarpaulins go quickly on the courts, the fans without umbrellas dash for cover and the players and their entourages pile into the Millennium building with its pleasant terraces and panoramic views.

Wimbledon's men's q-finals disrupted by rain
Rain wreaked havoc at Wimbledon on Wednesday, leaving all four men's quarter-finals unfinished.

Storm Leaves Men High and Dry at Wimbledon
A violent thunderstorm and a series of rain showers wreaked havoc at Wimbledon Wednesday, leaving all four men's quarter-finals unfinished.

From an upstart to the defender of Wimbledon's traditions
Wimbledon is the sort of place that grows on you, just ask Andre Agassi.

Erratic Scud stalled by rain
Wimbledon's predictable weather set up an unpredictable performance from Mark Philippoussis as the Australian's bid for his first semifinal at the All England Club was hit by rain.

Schalken celebrating in the Wimbledon rain
On a day slowed by almost four hours of weather delays, Schalken's quarterfinal match against Roger Federer had to be put off until Thursday.

Davenport to quit Wimbledon?
Lindsay Davenport could have played her last women's singles match at Wimbledon following her quarter-final defeat to Venus Williams at the All England Club.

Williams girls flex muscles
Venus Williams let slip yesterday her remarkable capacity for falling asleep. How Kim Clijsters must be hoping she nods off tomorrow.

Lifeline for Philippoussis as Popp throws away early lead
Mark Philippoussis staged a brilliant recovery last night to keep alive his hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the menís singles at Wimbledon for the first time.

Ready to step out from the shadows
Philippoussis on track to emulate countrymen Hewitt and Rafter.

Wireless served up at Wimbledon
Tennis fans can hit the net while their heroes try to avoid it, by using wireless internet kiosks installed at Wimbledon.

JULY 2, 2003

Scud's Wimbledon bandwagon is back on track
There have been times when Mark Philippoussis has had the right to feel isolated and unloved. Now, as he tries to convert the greatest chance of his career into, at the very least, a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals, everyone wants a piece of him.

French champion Henin-Hardenne reaches Wimbledon semifinals
French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne defeated Russian teenager Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the third consecutive year.

Light work for Justine
Third seed Justine Henin-Hardenne made light work of Russian teenager Svetlana Kuznetsova at Wimbledon on Tuesday, reaching the women's semi-finals with a straightforward 6-2 6-2 win.

Belgian mentally prepared
Justine Henin-Hardenne revealed today that she has been stirring herself up with half-a-mind on the looming semi-final with Serena Williams.

Can he do it?
He's been here before. We've been here before. But could this possibly be the year that Tim goes on to win Wimbledon? We asked a few people.

Injured Schalken set on playing Federer in Wimbledon quarter-final
Dutchman Sjeng Schalken is determined to face Roger Federer in their Wimbledon quarter-final showdown despite having a recurrence of a long-term foot injury.

Federer fights back injury
The outcome of today's second quarter-final on Centre Court between Roger Federer, seeded No4, and Sjeng Schalken, the eighth seed, could be decided on the last man standing.

Dutchman in doubt
The Netherlands' 2002 US Open semi-finalist Sjeng Schalken warned today he might have to withdraw from his Wimbledon quarter-final with Roger Federer.

Kirsten Dunst Talks About Wimbledon
Kirsten Dunst is looking to John McEnroe for inspiration while filming the tennis movie Wimbledon, says the Associated Press.

Big serving back en vogue at Wimbledon
On the way to his Wimbledon quarterfinal debut, Roddick has won 63 of 65 service games, saving 11 of 13 break points.

Marama progresses at junior Wimbledon
New Zealand's Eden Marama upset a seeded opponent to make the third round of the Junior Wimbledon tennis championships in London today.

Wimbledon Notebook
A three-time Grand Slam champion, Davenport faces surgery on her left foot when the season ends and, as she looks around, she sees strong young talent coming up.

Submit your questions and comments
Post sports reporter Rachel Nichols will be online live from England to discuss Wimbledon and professional tennis in general.

JULY 1, 2003

Capriati aims to buck trend against Serena
Jennifer Capriati is hoping the wheel turns full circle when she takes on Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in the women's singles quarter-finals.

Agassi plans return next year
Andre Agassi insists he will be back to challenge for an elusive second Wimbledon title next year after falling at the fourth-round stage.

Roddick: One game at a time
Andy Roddick is refusing to look beyond unseeded quarter-final opponent Jonas Bjorkman in his bid to land the Wimbledon crown.

Richard Williams on Tim's scrap
Of all the nerve-racking experiences Tim Henman has inflicted on the Wimbledon crowd over the years this was the most bizarre and mesmerising.

Russia's five reduced to Kuznetsova
Wild card Maria Sharapova was beaten 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 by her Russian compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Capriati in hurry to meet Williams
Jennifer Capriati swept aside the challenge of the 10th seed Anastasia Myskina without a second thought.

Serena shows achilles heel
Elena Dementieva was unable to halt Serena Williams' advance in the women's singles, but did expose the American's weaknesses.

Jenny's joust with Serena will have a fierce but fair edge
Verbal jousts in the past have added a bit of needle to the encounter between Jennifer Capriati and Serena Williams, says Martina Navratilova.

Federer beats pain and the Spanish train
Roger Federer survived to keep his title hopes alive when he feared they had been destroyed before a ball had been hit in anger.

Knowles recovers to inspire doubles win
Mark Knowles of the Bahamas overcame a knee injury and along with his partner Daniel Nestor of Canada made it through to the fourth round.

Clijsters glides as Henin grinds
While Kim Clijsters has glided into the second week her Belgian compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne has made painful progress.

Henman stretches nerves in thrilling display
A new men's champion will adorn Centre Court in five days' time and, whisper it softly, Tim Henman has a better chance than any to cherish the moment.

Cliffhanger hero happy to play Harry's game
Has there ever been a sporting hero who mixed such fallibility and such magic in such generous proportions?

Might of giant proves harmful to Agassi's elf
Take Andre Agassi to the second week and he will really start to play. That was the story until yesterday, when the man he played was unplayable

Clijsters making all the advances in love match
So far this Wimbledon, there are no signs of Lleyton Hewitt taking an axe and giving his girlfriend 40 whacks.

Venus switches her designs to the court again
Venus, it would appear, has had more trouble than her sister at really "wanting" victory, and this has been translated into the results of the two girls.

Roddick bides time in power struggle
He takes two dainty steps and points his leading toe before delivering the ultimate paradox: a booming, ground-shaking strike of nuclear intensity.

Americans quell Russian uprising
One by one, the Muscovite heiresses to Anna Kournikova's column inches were blasted away by superior American firepower.

Popp serves his way back into big time
Popp meets Philippoussis in a quarter-final between two players ranked outside the top 50.

Tim soaps up the glory
Thousands of EastEnders fans around the country hate Tim Henman's guts

It's Yankee doodle Andy
Andy Roddick feels "weird" to be the only Yank left in the quarters

Brit of magic
Tim Henman made it into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the seventh time in eight years - thanks to Henmania.

JUNE 30, 2003

This must be a thing of beauty!
Maria Sharapova faces Jelena Dokic in Battle of the Babes with a difference - they can both actually play...

Hewitt's parent trap
Deposed champion Lleyton Hewitt warned to ditch his army of hangers-on or see his career plummet...

Tim's ambition
"My daughter is 250-1 to win Wimbledon. I hope I do it before she does!," says Britain's only contender...

Wimbledon singles get serious
Now it gets serious as all 32 survivors in the men's and women's singles play at Wimbledon and, in the men's draw atleast, there is a chance ...

US flavor permeates Wimbledon
Looking past the next match is a dangerous form of curiosity for players at Wimbledon, as top seed Lleyton Hewitt found out when he was ...

Agassi, Roddick sharing asset in Gilbert's tutelage
In Houston, Andy Roddick wasn't ready to beat Andre Agassi. In Paris, Roddick wasn't ready to beat anybody. But here he is, at Wimbledon, looking as if he's ready to beat everybody.

Roddick, Sharapova Break Through
As Wimbledon paused for its traditional Sunday break, a lot of the buzz was still about 16-year-old Maria Sharapova, 33-year-old Andre Agassi, and young American hopeful Andy Roddick.

Roddick Displays Attitude of Contender
John McEnroe said that the hard-serving Andy Roddick is showing the strokes and the attitude of somebody who could win Wimbledon.

Danger signals alert top seeds
The fourth round is the watershed and today's winners will harbour genuine hopes of the title.

Henman hype faces reality check
Wimbledon is the only ever grand slam that Tim Henman could win. After successive victories last week the expectations are once again reaching preposterous heights.

Children of revolution make mark
Five of the last 16 in the women's singles are from Russia. Richard Jago outlines the reasons why.

Vot is going on vid Boris Becker's hair?
Martin Kelner champions Boris Becker, his comical accent and that hair.

The grass courts must start feeding the grassroots
Claire Ward on why the LTA needs to reach out into the community if we are to win anything.

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon dossier: Day seven
The tradition of Wimbledon as a serve and volley tournament is dead. That sticks out like a sore thumb after the first week.

Russian threat to Williams í monopoly
The Williamsí sisters recent monopoly on the singles title at Wimbledon is set to come under siege this week from the new wave of Russian ...

JUNE 29, 2003

Roddick has the look of a believer
Gilbert, the guru who guided Agassi, only wanted to return if it was to coach a future champion.

Why does Rusedski have to be sorry?
Those 'ashamed to be British' should look beyond Greg Rusedski's outburst, says Will Buckley.

Roddick has Federer in sights in battle of force and finesse
Mouths have been watering about this Friday's increasingly likely clash between Andy Roddick and Roger Federer.

Hewitt falls victim to a grass master
Who would have guessed that Lleyton Hewitt would spend more of the first week on the Royal Wimbledon golf course than he did on the Wimbledon tennis courts, asks Jon Henderson.

I just give Lleyton space... I know what it's like to lose early
A player's diary: Kim Clijsters

Sharapova born to be a big noise in the future
It's not where you're from, it's when you are from, says Will Buckley.

Henman breezes through
Tim Henman is through to the last 16 of Wimbledon for the eighth year in a row, but the steep incline starts with tomorrow's match against last year's losing finalist David Nalbandian.

Agassi looking to seize the day
Andre Agassi, one of tennis's enduring stars, overcame Younes El Aynaoui in a marvellous match, says Ian Ridley.

Philippoussis shows mettle
Mark Philippoussis could have been a contender - should have been a contender. Maybe this is his year.

Moodie tries to beat blues by making a name for himself
Who will be this year's surprise package, asks Will Buckley.

Serena powers ahead
Serena Williams adopted something of Mike Tyson's approach in her third-round encounter with Laura Granville yesterday, says Tim Adams.

British coaches' lot is not a happy one
Home players are handicapped by lack of a competitive base, says Jon Henderson.

The best and the worst of the week

The fame drain
Being at the top of a sport can take its toll. Kevin Mitchell on celebrity sportsmen under the spotlight.

Sharapova the supernova
Anna Kournikova could talk the talk and walk the walk but some ungracious souls doubted whether she could actually win anything.

Henman aims to put fact before fiction
The burdened one is determined to disprove the experts who feel that this will not be his year.

Pleasure out of pain for Pierce and Capriati
Le retournement de situation is the rather long-winded phrase the French use for it.

Philippoussis locates weapon of grass destruction
Raucous chants of "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie" will continue to shatter the suburban air of SW19 this week, though the use of the singular is appropriate

Mirnyi walking tall in land of big names
The ground has ceased shaking from his footfall; "Boris" has been restored to his grave; now it is just left to "The Beast" to inflict his savagery.

Agassi and the 11-year itch
Long and grinding road for old champion? but the dream is still alive.

Srichaphan shows unwillingness to bow out just yet
The Thai sensation was visiting the Buddhapadipa temple on Thursday chanting alongside the Buddhist monks who are among his growing legion of fans.

Dynasty of fear allows Venus to take full advantage
Venus and Serena Williams took on the world and won, but on the other hand, they can't entirely complain if there is the odd occasion when the world has taken a chance to fight back.

Henman's wise head gives him edge in title quest
If things work out as the seedings suggested they would, David Nalbandian will play the British No 1 on Monday and - fingers crossed - Agassi will play him next Friday.

JUNE 28, 2003

Soderling unfazed by Henmania
Britain's No1 Tim Henman faces Sweden's hope of an heir to Borg and Co, Robin Soderling, this afternoon.

Petrova pummelled by Venus
Women's singles: It took only minutes for Venus Williams to defeat Nadia Peterova, in arguably her best performance in four months.

Players are more and more selfish
A court is not a Roman arena with two gladiators fighting to the death.

The abuse that helps Britain rule the world
Greg Rusedski's splendid tirade of expletives categorically proved that no matter how North American Greg's accent and teeth are the fellow is British to the core.

A first for Roddick: fourth round at Wimbledon
Andy Roddick reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time, winning every game he served Friday and beating Tommy Robredo 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4.

A star from Siberia, via Florida
Everybody, it seems, wants a piece of Wimbledon's profits, and Maria Sharapova's profile is rising.

Enjoying his stay
Last year at this time, Andre Agassi was waving cheerio to Wimbledon. His fortnight was over after just three days. He had wasted another chance to reclaim the Grand Slam title he has not won since 1992.

Top women cruise at Wimbledon
Rain suspended play at Wimbledon on Friday, but not before the top women's seeds wallopped their opposition.

Lucie Ahl: 'This has been my best Wimbledon'
Although I didn't win my first round match in the women's singles or doubles, it has been my best Wimbledon so far.

Sport on Television: Rusedski, hissy fits and the art of bottling
When the Greg [expletive deleted] Rusedski affair erupted on Wednesday, this observer was left wondering about the bloke whose shout kicked things off.

'Beast' ends Karlovic fairytale
A man nicknamed "The Beast" ended the Wimbledon fairytale of giant Ivo Karlovic on Court 13.

JUNE 27, 2003

Brit wins Wimbledon . . . relax , it's only a movie
After 67 years of waiting, a rapturous centre court crowd was finally able to celebrate a British winner of the Wimbledon men's title.

Tough conditions at Wimbledon? Hardly
The Wimbledon notebook

Sharapova making noise at Wimbledon
The Big Noise is making a Big Splash at the All England Club.

Agassi is 4-0 against El Aynaoui but very wary
Younes El Aynaoui speaks six languages. If he can just translate his stylish game to grass, Andre Agassi knows he could be in trouble when the pair meet in the third round.

Mary Pierce into third round following three-year injury ordeal
The Frenchwoman thought she'd made a breakthrough when she won the French Open three years ago. Instead, her career was verging on a breakdown.

Americans stay away despite Wimbledon success
Americans are staying away again, according to local tradespeople, because they are worried about travelling.

Shades of 1999 for the Scud
Vague memories of 1999 have returned to Mark Philippoussis after taking his game to a new level on his way to Saturday's third round at Wimbledon.

Now Granville can stage a real shocker
The 22-year-old appreciates that quite a difference exists between the few players at the top of women's tennis and the ones who come next.

Serena 'hungrier' after French Open defeat
"My anger has increased and with that my hunger has naturally increased," she said.

Capriati wins new friends with brisk performance
Cheered on by the Friends actor Matthew Perry, Jennifer Capriati overwhelmed Switzerland's Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian on Court 2 in less time than it takes to watch two episodes of her celebrity soul-mate goofing around as Chandler Bing.

JUNE 26, 2003

Rusedski apologises
A contrite Greg Rusedski offered apologies on Wednesday after a foul-mouthed, late-match explosion that is sure to diminish his second-round loser's prize packet at the Wimbledon Championships.

Hewitt must learn to smile through bad times and look after No 1: Boris Becker
A couple of days have gone by since Lleyton Hewitt was dispatched from Wimbledon and I still canít get my head around it.

Rusedski's obscene tirade humiliates British tennis
The only stunning volley British tennis could manage yesterday was one of abuse. On his way to an especially abject defeat on Centre Court, Greg Rusedski let rip at the umpire with a tirade that made the John McEnroe of old sound like a cub scout. Paul Hayward reports

Rusedski goes out with a F*%$!!!
Men's singles:Greg launched a foul-mouthed tirade of - some would say justified - abuse as he went down to Andy Roddick.

Henman gets in groove for lefty
Tim Henman faces the French left-hander Michael Llodra today, who has the talent to push the British No1 hard.

Karlovic downgraded but still walking tall
He may have had Lleyton Hewitt's scalp dangling from what, at 6ft 10in, is comfortably the tallest totem pole in the championships, but while Ivo Karlovic celebrated by relocating from a bunk bed to an upper-class hotel room, the Wimbledon blazers moved him in the opposite direction, writes Martin Johnson

Peace duo make brief return
They were back, but under mysterious circumstances, and not for long. Everyone hailed the 'peace pairing' of Israeli Amir Hadad and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi from Pakistan last year as an example of the unifying spirit of sport, writes Sarah Edworthy

Shinobu uproots beanpole Slovak
The notoriously thin Daniela Hantuchova wasted three match points and wept openly on court before going down 12-10 in the final set to Japan's Shinobu Asagoe.

Female flops end Felgate honeymoon
For the first time in 119 years of women's singles, not one home player had survived the first round.

Rusedski in rage as he crashes out to Roddick
Greg Rusedski's tirade on Centre Court yesterday was a volcanic reaction to the moment when one fool in the crowd thought he was doing him a favour

Point of no return sees Rusedski lose plot
ANGER is an equivocal thing. Greg Rusedski fought his way back into a match he was losing by surfing a rich, red tide of anger but then, equally suddenly, a further burst of anger cost him everything.

Rusedski bids foul-mouthed farewell
'I can't do anything if the crowd f***ing call it.

Hantuchova in tears as exit sparks fresh doubts over weight
Slovakian No 9 seed denies physical problems as her challenge ends at hands of Japanese player in marathon final set

Rubin rises to the challenge
Chanda Rubin overcame her American compatriot, Amy Frazier, 6-4 6-4 in the second round at Wimbledon yesterday.

Williams manages to smile as she feels burden lightening
Former world No 1 sees hope of emerging from year of domination by sister Serena after slick straight-sets victory

Martin stands tall and shows speed is not everything
Occasional brilliance cannot hide Kuerten's discomfort on grass as dangerous unseeded American uses accurate serve to perfection

JUNE 25, 2003

Brat's not like Timmy
John McEnroe reckons Tim Henman will have to serve and volley more to have any chance of winning Wimbledon

Mystery deepens over split
Lleyton Hewitt's former coach, Jason Stoltenberg, has hinted for the first time that there was more to his split from the world No.1 than previously revealed.

'Double A' begins 13th Wimbledon with a 'W'
Andre Agassi's resume can be a tad intimidating, as Jamie Delgado will attest.

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon dossier: Day Three
The world's most famous tennis coach looks ahead to a battle between Andy Roddick and Greg Rusedski.

Croatian tennis player swaps B&B for five-star luxury
Tennis player Ivo Karlovic is living the life of luxury after his historic victory against Wimbledon number one seed Lleyton Hewitt.

Spaniard proves he's well up fer it
Fired-up Juan Carlos Ferrero booked his place in the second round with a straight- sets win over Frenchman Jean-Rene Lisnard

Justine fights off pain to stay in power game
Slim Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne, the star with the biggest promise of ending the women's power era at Wimbledon, fought through the pain of a hand injury to reach the second round.

Russian, 16, making a loud splash at Wimbledon
Anyone packed into Court 2 on Tuesday afternoon and armed with a grunt-o-meter for the sole purpose of putting a decibel level on Maria Sharapova's widely publicized exhalations must have come away disappointed.

JUNE 24, 2003

Wimbledon 2003: GIANT KILLER
Biggest opening day shock in tournament's history Tall goes wrong for Lleyton as 6ft 10ins Ivo dumps champ.

Wimbledon: Venus forcing critics to think again
Williams confident good times will return, writes Rob Robertson.

Wimbledon Gets `Kourni-Copy' and Sharapova, Not Anna Kournikova
Wimbledon doesn't have Anna Kournikova, the tennis player who's been more successful at being a sex symbol than winning tournaments.

Out in straight sets. Earnings so far this year: £142,697
In tennis, more than most walks of life, losing is relative.

Hewitt's difficulty is Henman's opportunity as draw opens up
Had Lleyton Hewitt remained in the tournament Tim Henman would not have had a chance of winning Wimbledon, says Martina Navratilova.

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon dossier: day two
The world's most famous tennis coach looks ahead to a battle between two of the game's new talents.

Wimbledon: Roddick hoping Gilbert will spark greatness
You would expect the line -- or the queue, as they say around here -- of willing-and-able coaches to stretch into the distance when word went out that 20-year-old Andy Roddick was searching for a coach.

Racquets, camera, action: Wimbledon hits the big time
If you come to watch the Wimbledon championships over the next two weeks, make sure you smile and look your best - you could be in a Hollywood movie.

JUNE 23, 2003

The Top 25
The best stories in tennis on the eve of Wimbledon.

The romance of Wimbledon
This year Wimbledon is a story within a story.

Faster than a speeding Hewitt
Andy Roddick and his 149mph serve make him the man to pinch Lleyton's crown.

Hysteria served with strawberries
Itís that time of year again, when Henmania grips Wimbledon with a vengeance

British play host, but not tennis, at Wimbledon
Half a million fans, hundreds of matches, $16 million in prize money, piles of strawberries and cream, the presence of royalty: When it comes to staging a world-class tennis championship, no one tops Britain.

Mapping road at Wimbledon
Roger Federer-Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi-Tim Henman semifinals are distinct possibilities. That would leave out defending champion Lleyton Hewitt, who has not been as dominant this season as last.

Baltacha battles back to SW19
Ongoing liver complaint continues to hamper last yearís darling of Wimbledon, says Rob Robertson.

How to produce a British champion at Wimbledon
Perhaps the biggest challenge facing us is the provision of the right facilities to make tennis accessible beyond the weeks of Wimbledon

Wimbledon to answer questions about Serena
Less than three weeks after absorbing the most traumatic setback of her young career, Serena Willi-ams re-enters her work arena Tuesday at Wimbledon.

Williams family aims to regroup at Wimbledon
Richard has been wandering the practice courts at Wimbledon for days, in anticipation of first-round matches that begin Monday.

JUNE 22, 2003

ABC's of Wimbledon
Steve Megargee heats up some alphabet soup to serve with strawberries and cream.

Fashion aside, who's got Wimbledon game: Serena or Venus
Who says the Williams sisters are worried, or vulnerable, or losing their edge?

Rubin ready to break new ground at Wimbledon
Chanda Rubin pledged to launch her best-ever Wimbledon bid after retaining the Hastings Direct title at Eastbourne.

Sampras doubts Wimbledon return
Pete Sampras says he will only play at Wimbledon again if he feels he can seriously challenge for the title.

Dutch favourite wins final Wimbledon tune-up
Sjeng Schalken defended his Ordina Open title Sunday with a victory over France's Arnaud Clement in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

Hewitt on ball for opener
Lleyton Hewitt traded his tennis racquet for his first sporting passion - Australian rules football - ahead of his Wimbledon defence.

JUNE 21, 2003

Death, taxes and Wimbledon's British losers
Monday sees the start of the annual British soap opera called "In the Footsteps of Fred".

Courting tennis stars
Why are the British so bad at tennis? Every year, as Wimbledon looms, the question is asked but never answered

Agassi can still cut it with best
Eleven years on from his only Wimbledon victory to date, Agassiís long career could yet come to a triumphant conclusion

The toughest call in tennis is when to quit
If you are a soccer star or basketball star, somebody else usually breaks the news that it is time to move on. When you are a tennis champion, the news usually comes from within.

Henman vows to stay focused
Tim Henman says there's no chance of complacency when he takes on new first-round opponent Tomas Zib at Wimbledon next week.

Wimbledon woes as Mauresmo and Safin withdraw
Amelie Mauresmo and Marat Safin pulled out of Wimbledon on Friday with injuries. Mauresmo, the sixth-seeded Frenchwoman, withdrew with a rib injury. Safin, the No 18 Russian, cited a hand problem.

Wimbledon Preview: Ground Control
The reigning Wimbledon champions won from the baseline, challenging conventional wisdom about what makes a grass-court game. And there's little reason to think 2003 will be any different.

JUNE 20-18, 2003

'It's time to move on'
The biggest name at Wimbledon this year belongs to a man who isn't even there. Pete Sampras.

Turf Wars: A Wimbledon preview
The tradition continues on Monday, as Wimbledon gets underway at the venerable All England Club, with Lleyton Hewitt and Serena Williams the defending champions.

Wimbledon betting preview
Andy Roddick's exploits at Queen's Club have seen him boosted to joint favourite for the men's singles title at Wimbledon.

Agassi learned to love grass courts
As a wild-haired, rebellious teenager, Andre Agassi hated the place. But now Wimbledon has captured a special spot in his heart.

Without Pete, there's no clear favourite
Wimbledon 2003 will most likely be as unpredictable as the first two majors of this year, says Malivai Washington.

Wimbledon's dark horses
Unseeded and unfancied, there are several familiar names who are ready to provide the unexpected at this year's championship.

US tennis needs Roddick
After Agassi, interest in men appears lacking.

Hantuchova 'courting danger'
Virginia Wade, the last British player to win Wimbledon, leapt into the Daniela Hantuchova weight-loss controversy yesterday when she said the Slovakian was putting her health at risk.

Henman faces difficult first hurdle in Corretja
Alex Corretja's last appearance on grass produced something rather magical. Not many Spaniards -- indeed, not many players from anywhere -- can look forward to the day that they tell their grandchildren about coming from two sets down to beat Pete Sampras, arguably the most gifted grass-court player in history.

Draw allows Henman to play himself in
Tim Henman was offered a sporting chance of at least playing himself into the tournament when the Wimbledon draw was made at The All England Club, reports John Parsons.

Henman gets rub of the green in draw
Tim Henman has dropped into the easier half of the Wimbledon draw, avoiding Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick.

The dark horse that has turned into a thoroughbred
Nobody can be sure whether David Nalbandian's highly unlikely progress to last year's final heralded the new order of grass-court tennis.

Rusedski happy in both body and soul
Greg Rusedski found the perfect fillip for Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jarko Nieminen of Finland at the Samsung Open.

No Anna, just the first Maria
Perhaps because they get their match practice picking off lowly ranked players in the first week of the tournament, the pre-Wimbledon preparations of the leading women are seemingly more laid-back than those of their male counterparts.

Wimbledon scouting report
BBC Sport picks the players who have impressed at Queen's and those who still have work to do ahead of Wimbledon.

Sunday's Queen's diary
All the pre-Wimbledon gossip.

Rediff's coverage

- Federer wins Wimbledon
- Paes-Navratilova win mixed doubles
- 'She is living up to expectations'
- Sania-Alisa lift girls doubles title
- Indian officiates in Wimbledon final
- Woodbridge equals doubles record
- Bhupathi-Mirnyi beaten in final
- Serena reigns at Wimbledon
- Desperate British turn to McEnroe
- Venus played under pressure
- Sania in girls' doubles final
- Sania in doubles semis
- Injured Venus 'feeling better'
- Federer on a high, and aiming even higher
- Experience may give Philippoussis the edge
- Philippoussis looks for fairytale ending
- Paes-Navratilova in semis
- Bhupathi-Mirnyi in doubles final
- Philippoussis, Federer in final
- Sania, Sanaa have mixed luck
- Venus ready to play through the pain
- Serena learns from her French Open mistakes
- Belgian duo graceful in defeat
- Henman vows to try again
- Roddick in control of his own destiny
- Venus battles injury to beat Clijsters
- Paes through, Mahesh out
- Federer overcomes Schalken
- Philippoussis outguns Popp
- Grosjean, Roddick in semis
- Serena whips Henin to enter final
- Bhupathi-Mirnyi in semis
- The 'chalk and cheese' Williams sisters
- Serena forgets row with Henin
- Grosjean aiming to quell Henmania
- Williams sisters face-off with Belgian duo
- Quarter-finalists seek pastures new
- Paes-Rikl in semis
- Philippoussis ousts Agassi
- Philippoussis glad to end losing run
- Paes-Navratilova move into third round
- I'll be back at 34, says Agassi
- Williams's title challenge gathers speed
- Agassi defeat rains on US parade
- Stars & stripes set to adorn centre court
- Henman happy to be doing the right thing
- Serena battles back to beat Capriati
- Bhupathi-Mirnyi in round 4
- Roddick, Federer in last eight
- Paes-Rikl in fourth round
- Venus whips Zvonareva
- Bhupathi-Mirnyi in 3rd round
- Karlovic happy in defeat
- Chanda Rubin falls by the wayside
- Confident Federer through to last 16
- Clijsters meets doubles partner
- Paes-Rikl in third round
- Hantuchova a victim of stress: Paes
- Schuettler topples Martin
- Roddick, Srichaphan set up clash
- Mirnyi slays Karlovic
- Venus should use her 'wingspan'
- Hewitt's dad flays critics
- Bhupathi-Mirnyi in second round
- Agassi aiming to break record
- Young pretenders seek glory
- Paes-Rikl advance
- Henman steals centre stage
- Agassi, Henman in round 3
- Pierce, Capriati impressive
- Paes-Rikl in second round
- Rusedski fined for outburst
- Rusedski slumps out of Slam
- Agassi sets sights on second title
- Venus outgrows Harry Potter
- Rochus stuns Coria
- Bookies favour Andy Roddick
- Hewitt knocked out
- We'll give it all: Bhupathi
- Serena, Venus vie at Wimbledon
- Bhupathi-Mirnyi top seeds
- Hewitt seeded number one
- Federer hopes to lose enigma tag
- Roddick wins Stella title
- Ivanisevic and Seles pull out


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