Agassi and Henman in the limelight
A second Wimbledon title would be the icing on a large cake for Andre Agassi ? but for Tim Henman breaking a 67-year British losing streak would be the whole cake.Updated: Jun 28, 2003 10:27 IST
A second Wimbledon title and ninth Grand Slam crown overall would be the icing on a large cake for US world number one Andre Agassi - but for tenth seed Tim Henman breaking a 67-year British losing streak at the event would constitute the whole cake.
Henmania will be the order of the day on Saturday afternoon as Henman, 29, goes up against Swedish qualifier Robin Soderling on the final match of the day on centre court where Agassi, seed two and champion in 1992, has a lunchtime engagement with Moroccan 27th seed Younes El Aynaoui.
The sun may have all but gone down by the time Henman appears as El Aynaoui was the man who took US fifth seed Andy Roddick to 21-19 in the fifth set at the Australian Open quarter-final last January for a classic encounter - and he will look to make Agassi fight every inch of the way.
Sandwiched between the Agassi and Henman matches is a women's third-round match between US eighth seed Jennifer Capriati and Akiko Morigami, who has excelled in coming so far having beaten experienced Thai Tamarine Tanasugarn in her opening match.
Former Australian and French Open champion Capriati is likely to prove a bridge too far for the 90th-ranked Morigami.
Elsewhere, Serbian 11th seed Jelena Dokic goes up on court one against Maria Sharapova, the Russian 16-year-old who is taking the game by storm - and whose grunting could prompt some fans to reach for the earmuffs.
Defending women's champion Serena Williams is then in action on the same court against US 28th seed Laura Granville before last year's men's finalist David Nalbandian takes on Slovakia's Karol Kucera, winner at Copenhagen this year.
On court two, Mark Philippoussis of Australia, three times a quarter-finalist, meets Czech Radek Stepanek before women's French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne tackles Alicia Molik of Australia.
Men's French Open champion, Spanish third seed Juan Carlos Ferrero, meets Sargis Sargsian of Armenia.
First Published: Jun 28, 2003 10:02 IST