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Wednesday, 21 June, 2000, 13:27 GMT 14:27 UK
Henman and Agassi up against it
Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi: Faces a major test in the second round
Tim Henman and Andre Agassi both face second round matches they would rather have done without, according to the BBC's tennis correspondent Iain Carter.

British number one Tim Henman and world number one Andre Agassi are potentially the biggest losers following the draw for this year's Wimbledon championships.

Both have been handed relatively easy first round clashes but are likely to face stern tests in the following round.

Provided Henman overcomes Thailand's world number 89 Paradorn Srichaphan, he is likely to come up against three-time losing Wimbledon finalist Goran Ivanisevic.

Fellow American

Henman has never lost to Ivanisevic, but the big serving Croat - now ranked a lowly 63 in the world - would surely be inspired if their second round meeting were to materialise.

Agassi will not know his first round opponent until the completion of qualifying, but is set to meet fellow American Todd Martin in the second round.



Pete Sampras is set to meet his Queen's Club conqueror Lleyton Hewitt in the quarter-finals

Iain Carter
Agassi will be wary of an opponent he beat over five gruelling sets in last year's US Open final.

Defending champion Pete Sampras is set to meet his Queen's Club conqueror Lleyton Hewitt in the quarter-finals and then 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajiceck in the semis.

The explosive Dutchman is the only player to have beaten Sampras at Wimbledon in the last seven years.

Doubles partner

To reach the semis, Kraijceck will probably need to beat British number two Greg Rusedski in the quarter-finals.

Rusedski will be encouraged by his draw, which begins against Vince Spadea, who is yet to win a match this year.


Kournikova
Anna Kournikova: Plays in pick of first round matches

Women's defending champion Lindsay Davenport has a tough opener against her doubles partner and world number 31 Corina Morariu.

She is then scheduled to meet the player who beat her in the first round of this year's French Open, Dominique Van Rooost, in the fourth round.

The outstanding first round ladies' clash pits unseeded former Wimbledon semi-finalist Anna Kournikova against tenth seed Sandrine Testud of France.

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See also:

20 Jun 00 | Wimbledon2000
Henman handed tough draw
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Davenport faces early test
19 Jun 00 | Tennis
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