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Wednesday, 26 June, 2002, 17:55 GMT 18:55 UK
Agassi stunned by Srichaphan
Second seed Andre Agassi
Agassi made a number of unforced errors
Paradorn Srichaphan beat (3) Andre Agassi 6-4 7-6 6-2

Andre Agassi has joined the growing list of shock exits from Wimbledon by losing in straight sets to the unseeded Paradorn Srichaphan.

Agassi joins seven-time champion Pete Sampras and second seed Marat Safin in crashing out of the tournament on Wednesday.


I am in shock
Andre Agassi

Srichaphan comprehensively outplayed the third seed and, at the age of 32, people will now speculate as to whether we have the seen the last of Andre Agassi at SW19.

Agassi admitted he was stunned by the defeat, saying he had been unable to find any rhythm against an opponent on top form

He said: "I am in shock. I don't look at it as a reflection of the state of my game at the moment.

"Paradorn did really well but I should be doing better than that."

Despite breaking Srichaphan in the third game of the first set, Agassi never looked comfortable against his opponent.

Srichaphan broke back midway through the set and clinched the set 6-4 at the third attempt when Agassi made another unforced error, blasting a volley beyond the baseline.

The second set started with the first four games going against serve.

Agassi, the 1992 champion, was making too many elementary errors and could not seem to find his range with a number of groundstrokes which he failed to keep in court.

Srichaphan has never won an ATP title
Srichaphan has never won an ATP title
In contrast Srichaphan - who has never been beyond the second round of any Grand Slam event - was playing some excellent tennis.

And, after taking the set into a tie-break, the Thai got a vital mini-break with a volley Agassi clearly thought had gone out and then served the winner to take a two-set lead.

Agassi's annoyance at that line call seemed to affect his concentration and Srichapan broke the American at 1-1 and then again at 3-1 to open up a 4-1 lead.

The following games then went to serve and Srichaphan tied up the shock 6-4 7-6 6-2 win in one hour 47 minutes.

Srichaphan admitted it was the biggest victory of his career and that he is surprised to find himself in the third round.

He said: "I didn't look too much at the draw because I knew if I got through the first round I would be playing Andre and that would probably be it.

"I was a little bit shaky at the start and didn't want to serve first. But when Andre won the toss and asked to receive it went well and allowed me to relax a bit more."

Srichaphan will next meet either former champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands or American James Blake for a place in the fourth round.

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