Tuesday's Viewers Guide

Updated: June 29, 2004, 1:21 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

With Belgians Kim Clijsters and defending Wimbledon champion Justine Henin-Hardenne sitting this one out and Venus Williams already sent to the sidelines, it's tough to find a compelling marquee matchup on the women's side. Thing are heating up, however, so that we might finally have one.

If top-seeded Serena Williams and No. 7 seed Jennifer Capriati win their fourth-round matches on Tuesday as expected, they would meet for the third time in six weeks. After losing eight consecutive matches to Williams, Capriati has now won two straight. She prevailed in the semifinals at Rome and then the quarterfinals at the French Open. Will the third time be a charm -- or a curse?

Tuesday's matches will put them in position to find out.

Thanks to the first rain-free day of the fortnight on Monday, the men's draw is back on schedule. That means six high-quality women's matches will dominate Tuesday's schedule, four round-of-16 contests and two quarterfinals.

Quarterfinals

  • Lindsay Davenport (5) vs. Karolina Sprem: The best match of the day.

    It was Sprem, you may remember, who knocked Venus Williams out of the tournament in the second round. The 19-year-old Croatian is playing big, going further than she ever has in a Grand Slam event; she reached the second round here a year ago, but has posted four wins already this time around. She is ranked No. 30 in the world and enters this match with unprecedented confidence.

    There is no track record to ponder because the two players have never met. Davenport is in good form -- she's won all eight sets she's played, surrendering a total of only 14 games. This, however, will be her toughest match so far.

  • Ai Sugiyama (11) vs. Maria Sharapova (13): The way 17-year-old Russian is playing, she is the favorite to advance to a semifinal matchup with Davenport. She made the round of 16 here a year ago, reached the quarterfinals of the French Open and now seems poised to take the next step.

    Sugiyama is a solid player, as her seeding suggests, but she has had a fortunate run through the draw. Like the other quarterfinal, these two players have never played before.

    Round of 16

  • Serena Williams (1) vs. Tatiana Golovin: When Sharapova defeated Golovin two weeks ago in the final at Eastbourne, it was the third-youngest final in the Open era, which dates back to 1968. France's Golovin is only 16 years old, and she has already beaten No. 18 seed Francesca Schiavone to reach this point. Williams, however, is the favorite to repeat here, which would give her a third consecutive Wimbledon title, the first three-peat since Steffi Graf dominated from 1991-93. Again, this is a first-time matchup.

  • Jennifer Capriati (7) vs. Nadia Petrova (10): This is perhaps a tougher match than it looks for Capriati because Petrova is a big-time player. She reached the semifinals at Miami and followed that up with another semifinals appearance in Amelia Island -- extending Davenport to three sets. Recently, however, she has struggled. Her last three losses are to Asagoe Shinobu, Marlene Weingartner and Flavia Pennetta. Capriati handled No. 25 seed Nathalie Dechy in the third round and holds a 2-1 career edge over Petrova.

  • Amelie Mauresmo (4) vs. Silvia Farina Elia (14): At 32, Farina Elia is the oldest player left in the singles draw on either side. This is the Italian's 40th Grand Slam tournament and her favorite, at least in term of results. She made the quarters here a year ago and is challenging to duplicate that feat. Mauresmo is still looking for a Grand Slam breakthrough. The Frenchwoman has been bounced from the quarterfinals in the year's two Grand Slams. A victory against Farina Elia, over whom she holds a 4-0 career advantage, will put her in position to improve that record.

  • Paola Suarez (9) vs. Rita Grande: At 28, Suarez is having the best season of her career. The Argentine reached the semifinals at Roland Garros -- her furthest march in a Grand Slam event -- and here she is with a good chance to make the quarters at Wimbledon. Grande, 29, has a 16-17 record this year.

    Greg Garber is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

    Greg Garber

    Writer, Reporter
    Greg Garber joined ESPN in 1991 and provides reports for NFL Countdown and SportsCenter. He is also a regular contributor to Outside the Lines and a senior writer for ESPN.com.
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