Day 3 preview
After a day filled with excitement and upset on the women's side, top seed Lindsay Davenport will look to restore order as the third day at Wimbledon begins. Kim Clijsters, a potential fourth-round opponent for Davenport, also returns along with Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva and Amelie Mauresmo. Former champions Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt headline men's play, which also features a showdown between tour big boys Mark Philippoussis and Marat Safin.
• Roger Federer continues his quest for a third straight Wimbledon crown. The top seed has won his last 30 matches on grass, and today he'll face little-known Czech Ivo Minar. The 21-year-old Minar, who is appearing in his first career Grand Slam event, played Federer about as tough as one can play the Swiss star, falling 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) in the first round at Dubai in February. In that match, Minar actually led Federer 3-1 in the third set with a point for 4-1. Minar first made a name for himself in January, reaching the finals of Sydney where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt.
• 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt appeared to be back in form in a routine first-round win over Christophe Rochus. Hewitt figures to be tested harder today by Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic. Hernych posted an impressive win over James Blake on Monday, and just last week the 25-year-old from Prague showed his grass mettle reaching the semifinals at the Ordina Open.
• In the best match of the day, Marat Safin and Mark Philippoussis meet in a battle of two of the game's most unpredictable and most popular players. After struggling for most of his career on this surface, Marat Safin seems to be enjoying the turf a bit more this season. The Russian pushed grass king Roger Federer to three sets in the Halle final two weeks ago, and in the first round on Monday Safin simply overwhelmed the dangerous Paradorn Srichaphan. Philippoussis also knows a thing or two about grass. The struggling Australian reached the finals here in 2003 and has the firepower and game to play with anyone at anytime and anyplace. Safin, though, has won four straight over Philippoussis most recently at Indian Wells in 2003.
• Top seed Lindsay Davenport enjoyed a rare easy Grand Slam win in the first round on Monday, handily dispatching of Alina Jidkova. Davenport, a semifinalist a year ago losing to Maria Sharapova, will now face rising American Jamea Jackson for a spot in the final 32. Playing in her first Wimbledon, Jackson won three matches in qualifying and then in the first round defeated Marta Marrero. All told, the 18-year-old from Bradenton, Fla., has won all eight sets in four matches here in the last week. But today figures to be a much different affair against the former champion and current world No. 1.
• Santa Monica's Marissa Irvin faces a tough test this afternoon against the surging Kim Clijsters. Irvin, who usually performs well at the French Open having reached the third round there for a third straight year last month, had her first match victory Monday at Wimbledon in this, her sixth appearance. Clijsters, the top Belgian hope following the upset of Justine Henin-Hardenne Tuesday, has won her last six grass matches including a title at Eastbourne over the weekend.
Also in action
• 2004 semifinalist Mario Ancic will be the heavy favorite against Thai qualifier Danai Udomchoke; big servers Joachim Johansson and Greg Rusedski will battle; and, flashy French teen Gael Monfils takes on Dominik Hrbaty. On the women's side, U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova meets Indian phenom Sania Mirza. Also in action are 2004 semifinalist Amelie Mauresmo, Elena Dementieva and tournament darkhorse Jelena Jankovic. In doubles play, ageless Martina Navratilova returns to Wimbledon doubles play in search of her 59th career Slam title.
• Hard-charging Taylor Dent will face fellow Southern Californian Kevin Kim in a first- time meeting. "Lucky Loser" Justin Gimelstob will hope to continue his good fortunes against Olympic gold medalist Nicolas Massu. As for the women, Meghann Shaughnessy battles French Open semifinalist and No. 13 seed Elena Likhovsetva and Mashona Washington, younger sister of former Wimbledon runner-up MaliVai, takes on Selima Sfar.
Miki Singh is a tennis researcher for ESPN.
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