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Thursday, 29 June, 2000, 21:23 GMT 22:23 UK
Lloyd reflects on mixed fortunes
British fans
British fans had joy and disappointment on day four
BBC commentator and former British number one John Lloyd reflects on day four at Wimbledon, where British hopes were both boosted and deflated.

Tim Henman is safely into the third round and from what I saw of him, Tim seemed to play very solidly.

In his first two matches he has avoided the normal drama he seems to get tangled up in early on as he has not had any five-setters to contend with.

Tiring matches

Tim said himself in the press - and I agree with him - he has to avoid too many long and tiring matches in the first week.

This year he has managed to stay away from another onslaught and the victory over Arnaud Clement seems like another comfortable win.

Right now, it looks like it is all systems go for Tim.
Arvind Parmar
Parmar must not throw in the towel so easily

In contrast to that British success, there was a second round defeat for Arvind Parmar against Marc Rosset.

I was a little bit disappointed with Arvind really.

Rosset played well, but this is a guy who has only ever gone as far as the third round at Wimbledon in something like 13 years of trying.

Smart match

Arvind had a good chance and he needed to play a smart match, but he found the going tough.

He started to lose faith against the Rosset serve, but Arvind is up against the big boys here and he cannot afford to just roll over like that.

He has got to learn to be gritty from first to last and not just throw in the towel.
Mary Pierce
Pierce found surface change too hard

Elsewhere, Yevgeny Kafelnikov was another seed to fall, but the seedings have looked a bit iffy from the start to me.

I did not agree with the way the seedings committee changed things - there are so few good grass court players these days and Kafelnikov is not one of them.

His departure, along with some of the other seeds, has not surprised me.

Mary Pierce was the most high-profile woman to lose on day four and she does know how to play on grass.

Different surface

However, she has just come back from the French Open and her success there will have left her with little time to adjust from clay to such a different playing surface.
Lindsay Davenport
Davenport may not keep her title in this form

Lindsay Davenport was lucky she did not join Pierce on her way out.

She was very, very fortunate to win really.

Her opponent Elena Likhovtseva looked up and realised she had a chance of causing a major upset after she took the first set 6-3.

That seemed to make her freeze though and Davenport capitalised.

However, Davenport looks far from impressive to me and she needs to up her game considerably if he wants to hold onto her Wimbledon title.

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See also:

29 Jun 00 | The Brits
Henman back on track
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Parmar outclassed by Rosset
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Serna proves too much for Pierce
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Struggling Davenport does enough
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