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Tuesday, 27 June, 2000, 13:25 GMT 14:25 UK
Woodforde injury blow
Mark Woodforde
Woodforde receives treatment against Norman
(3) M Norman (Swe) bt M Woodforde (Aus) 6-4 6-2 2-0 (rtd)

Mark Woodforde's participation in the men's doubles at Wimbledon is in doubt after he was forced to pull out of his singles clash because of injury.

The Australian left-hander was trailing third seed Magnus Norman of Sweden 6-4 6-2 2-0 when he announced he was unable to continue.

In his last year on the ATP Tour, Woodforde was hoping to add another Wimbledon title to the six he has already won with partner and fellow Aussie Todd Woodbridge.

The duo already have a record 58 trophies to their name and made it a full set of Grand Slam titles by winning the French Open doubles in June.

The opening set against Norman was thrilling but littered with errors by both players.

Bemused

Norman was twice foot-faulted and unhappy with one particular line call but began the second set in sensational style, powering a string of winners past his bemused opponent to move a break ahead immediately.


Magnus Norman
Norman volleys
Woodforde was broken again in the third game of the second set but managed to fend off three break points to hold in the fifth.

Yet there was to be no stopping 24-year-old Norman, who has become better known for his relationship with women's top seed Martina Hingis than his tennis despite his rise into the top 10 this year.

Norman broke right at the start of the third before holding and that was enough for Woodforde, who left the court a disappointed figure.

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