Match of the week
Sunday 29 June 2003
Shinobu Asagoe v Daniela Hantuchova: There were games of better quality - Hantuchova had 57 unforced errors - and of more impact (Hewitt's loss), but none as dramatic. Racing though the first set, the leggy Slovakian No 9 seed dropped the second and what followed was a televised mental breakdown not seen since Oliver McCall fought Lennox Lewis. Through tears she looked for help from mom and coach. Even burying her head in her towel was no place to hide. After 167 minutes the stricken Hantuchova left the court, a 0-6 6-4 12-10 loser.
Shots of the week
1: Venus Williams: at 3-3 in the first set, the No 4 seed races across the baseline and whips a backhand winner cross court to break Katarina Srebotnik's serve and spirit. "That was just wonderful," cooed Williams.
2: Andy Roddick: during a fierce rally, he scampers wide on the forehand and propels an angled return with pace and swerve. A disbelieving Davide Sanguinetti applauds.
3: Tim Henman: sublime forehand winner after a cameo of drop shots and lobs sealed the tie-breaker, 13-11, against Thomas Zib.
Quotes of the week
I can't do anything if the crowd f*** call it. Absolutely f*** ridiculous... Some w*** in the crowd changes the whole match... Absolutely s***". Greg Rusedski, subsequently fined £1,500, for his televised outburst... I'd be in jail for that. John McEnroe bemoans the punishment... If I could I would get them out right away. Richard Williams feels his daughters have nothing to prove... They work really, really hard. Maria Sharapova on the Russian women's revolution.
A set of big servers
Andy Roddick 141mph (37 aces)
Ivan Ljubic 135mph (30 aces)
Ivo Karlovic 135mph (47 aces)
Taylor Dent 135mph (12 aces)
Greg Rusedski 134mph (45 aces)
Serena Williams 120mph (8 aces)
Venus Williams 118mph (10 aces)
Samantha Stosur 117mph (6 aces)
Iroda Tulyaganova 115mph (19 aces)
Jennifer Capriati 113mph (13 aces)
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