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Sharp and media savvy

Maria Sharapova's dream run at The Championships came to an end on Monday, but the Russian blonde vows to be back next year.

india Updated: Jul 02, 2003 00:54 IST
S. Kannan

Maria Sharapova's dream run at The Championships came to an end on Monday, but the Russian blonde vows to be back next year. Call it arrogance, or confidence, the 16-year-old does speak so highly about herself that she may leave the rest of the Russians behind when it comes to dealing with the demanding media. Having got into the main draw as a wild card, she is already talking about how this was a year she could have won the title. "I proved I can really compete against the top players. I know I can win this very soon," she said.

Hewitt’s busy

Guess what Lleyton Hewitt is doing these days. No, he has not changed into the gear for the hardcourt tennis season but is hanging around Wimbledon --- cooking breakfast for girlfriend Kim Clijsters and then coming to see her matches. Word has it that in spare time he goes for training sessions and is not so badly affected by the first round loss last Monday. Hewitt also played in an annual cricket match between tennis players on Sunday against South Africa. The scorecard showed Hewitt had taken four wickets.

Battle of Sexes!

Richard Williams always comes up with something new. The proud father of Venus and Serena is now talking of elder daughter Venus being so good she should be competing with the men on the circuit. And he has an explanation for it as well. If golfer Annika Sorenstam can compete with the men, why not Venus, is his question. "They should let Venus play because that would make tennis a lot more exciting," says Richard Williams. The proud father is spotted these days with an expensive camera in hand whenever his daughters are playing. He knows the snaps may come in handy when he decides to write a book on what it took to producing two exciting champions.

Dubious record

This is the first time at The Championships in the Open era that neither of the top two men's seeds has reached the quarter-finals after No.2 seed Andre Agassi's loss to Mark Philpppoussis on Monday. The other interesting bit is that Agassi's exit means in 30 years this if the first instance where no former Wimbledon champion is in the last eight. It last happened 30 years ago in 1973, the year of the player boycott.