Tennis Wimbledon - Court Circular: Horoscope points the way for Hingis

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MARTINA HINGIS has promised to return to the tennis circuit in better form than ever, but not before she's had a clear-the-air chat with her mum and mentor, Melanie Molitor. "Don't worry, I'll be back," the 18-year-old world No 1 told a Swiss colleague of Court Circular shortly before she flew to Zurich to recover from her first-round defeat to Jelena Dokic. "I don't want to put my whole life in front of the world right now," Hingis said. "Sometimes there are problems in life," she added. "But me and my mother get along. We don't have a problem. I need some time. I'll go to my mum and we'll sit down and discuss the future."

If only Martina, whose star sign is Libra, had read her horoscope in the current edition of the Wimbledon News she could have seen it all coming. "There were important choices to make in the springtime, when you came to an emotional or financial crossroads of some significance," the forecast reads, uncannily given the tantrums and defeat in the French Open. "If you have cause to regret the path you took, console yourself with the thought that as the summer gets underway, you will be given the perfect chance to alter course again." So come on, Martina, grasp that nettle and get to your mum. A turnaround is in the stars.

PETE SAMPRAS meets Danny Sapsford today with one eye on a sixth Wimbledon title but the 27-year-old American would have to win almost every year until retirement to come close to equalling the record for competition wins at SW19's most prestigious venue. The holder is not, of course, Martina Navratilova, who racked up 19 titles in all competitions in her remarkable career, nor even Billie Jean King, whose extraordinary 20 pipped the Czech-born American's total by one. Who then? Step forward Professor Bernard Neal, winner of every croquet championships bar two at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club since 1963. Prof Neal slipped up in 1964 and 1974, but with 34 titles, who's counting?

SAPSFORD IS ranked only four places behind Sampras at Wimbledon. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old British veteran, the outcome of today's match will have little to do with the alphabetical order of entries into the competition and everything to do with ability on the court. The differential in world rankings - Sampras is No 1 while Sapsford is a mere 594 places behind - suggests it will not be close. And given the Surrey-based player's memory, it will be fortunate if he manages to show up at all this afternoon. Until a Radio Five Live presenter reminded him yesterday morning, he was unaware he was due to follow an appearance yesterday afternoon in the men's doubles by showing up on the same court in the mixed event. "Am I?" he asked. What a pro.

DEEDS OF THE SEEDS

Men's singles

1 Sampras

plays

D Sapsford

in 3rd rd

Holder

Pete Sampras

(United States)

2 Rafter

plays

J Bjorkman

in 2nd rd

3 Kafelnikov

plays

C Pioline

in 3rd rd

4 Agassi

beat

G Canas

in 2nd rd

5 Krajicek

beat

Woodbridge

in 2nd rd

6 Henman

plays

S Grosjean

in 3rd rd

7 Philippoussis

plays

F Clavet

in 3rd rd

8 Martin

beat

J Novak

in 2nd rd

9 Rusedski

plays

M Norman

in 3rd rd

10 Ivanisevic

beat

S Stolle

in 2nd rd

11 Kuerten

beat

D Prinosil

in 2nd rd

12 Moya

lost to

J Courier

in 2nd rd

13 Kucera

plays

D Vacek

in 3rd rd

14 Haas

beat

Fromberg

in 2nd rd

15 Kiefer

lost to

B Becker

in 2nd rd

16 Mantilla

lost to

P Goldstein

in 2nd rd

OUT

Women's singles

1 Hingis

lost to

J Dokic

in 1st rd

Holder

Jana Novotna

(Czech Republic)

2 Graf

plays

C Morariu

in 3rd rd

3 Davenport

beat

Habsudova

in 2nd rd

4 Seles

plays

M Lucic

in 3rd rd

5 Novotna

beat

S Plischke

in 2nd rd

6 V Williams

plays

S Pitkowski

in 3rd rd

OUT

7 Sanchez

lost to

L Raymond

in 2nd rd

8 Tauziat

plays

Noorlander

in 3rd rd

9 Pierce

beat

R Grande

in 2nd rd

11 Halard-Decugis

beat

S Farina

12 Coetzer

plays

K Clijsters

in 3rd rd

13 Testud

plays

Tanasugarn

in 3rd rd

14 Schett

plays

Dechaume-Balleret

15 Van Roost

plays

Likhovsteva

in 3rd rd

OUT

16 Zvereva

lost to

T Panova

in 2nd rd

17 Kournikova

plays

Gorro-

chategui

LENS MAGNETS

A photo count from yesterday's national press (seedings in brackets)

MEN NUMBER OF PHOTOGRAPHS WOMEN

Greg Rusedski (9) 12 18 Anna Kournikova (17)

Danny Sapsford (-) 9 14 Steffi Graf (2)

Tim Henman (6) 8 7 Hingis (1) & Dokic (-)

The total photo count since 21 June

Tim Henman (6) 60 60 Anna Kournikova (17)

Greg Rusedski (9) 46 53 Martina Hingis (1)

Sampras (1) & Agassi (4) 25 30 Jelena Dokic (-)

CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

132 The speed (mph) of Tim Henman's fastest serve on his way to beating Chris Woodruff.

9 The percentage of break points converted by American, Jan-Michael Gambill during his

five set loss to Lorenzo Manta, of Switzerland.

106 Points were won by Todd Martin during his straight sets victory over Jiri Novak.

32 Aces Goran Ivanisevic served to Sandon Stolle.

13 The number of service games Andre Agassi won in his match yesterday.

TV COVERAGE

BBC2: 12.0pm-8.30pm.

BBC1: 1.40pm-4.10pm.

Highlights: BBC2: 9.30pm.

TODAY'S WEATHER

Many parts will see unbroken sunshine. Wind mainly

light and variable.

Maximum temp 22C (72F).

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