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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 June, 2003, 08:28 GMT 09:28 UK
Wimbledon 2002 flashback
Serena Williams won in 2002
SERENA'S ROAD TO VICTORY
R1: E Dominikovic 6-1 6-1
R2: F Schiavone 6-3 6-3
R3: E Callens 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-2)
R4: C Rubin 6-3 6-3
QF: D Hantuchova 6-3 6-2
SF: A Mauresmo 6-2 6-1
Final: V Williams 7-6 (7-4) 6-3

Serena confirmed her position as the dominant Williams sister and Lleyton Hewitt was in his element at Wimbledon 2002.

Certainly, there were no prizes for guessing Serena and Venus would again be meeting each other in the final.

Just weeks earlier, Serena had emerged triumphant in a lacklustre clash between the two in Paris.

For once though, the sisterly slugfest lived up to expectations with Serena winning 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in a riveting display of tennis.

However, there were precious few other surprises in the women's tournament as the American siblings proved they finally had the consistency to match their awesome power.

All four quarter-finals were won in straight sets, Venus and Serena dropping just seven games between them, and the semi-finals were if anything even more one-sided.

There were occasional bright spots, not least for the British public.

Elena Baltacha's run to the third round was impressive and her level-headed attitude to the inevitable thunderstorm of publicity showed she will not be content unless she can build on those wins

Jennifer Capriati, once the darling of the world's media for her re-birth in the sport, was strangely uninspired in the opening stages of the tournament.

She was comprehensively beaten in the last eight by Amelie Mauresmo, who made the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time since reaching the final of the Australian Open in 1999.

But the French player, one of the few to possess the hitting power to stay with the Williams, was outclassed in the semi-finals, as was Justine Henin.

Lleyton Hewitt won in 2002
HEWITT'S ROAD TO VICTORY
R1: J Bjorkman 6-4 7-5 6-1
R2: G Carraz 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-2
R3: J Knowle 6-2 6-1 6-3
R4: M Youzhny 6-3 6-3 7-5
QF: S Schalken 76-2 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 1-6 7-5
SF: T Henman 7-5 6-1 7-5
Final: D Nalbandian 6-1 6-3 6-2

In the men's tournament, Hewitt finally came of age at SW19, claiming his second Grand Slam title with a 6-1 6-3 6-2 victory over David Nalbandian.

The 21-year-old Australian became the first baseliner since Andre Agassi to win Wimbledon, and only the second since Bjorn Borg more than 20 years earlier.

The victory also solidified his ranking as world number one and confirmed the changing of the guard in men's tennis.

In a tournament where ageing former champions Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi lost in the second round, Hewitt swept through without a hitch and put on a ruthless performance in the final to win in less than two hours.

It was, nevertheless, a big disappointment for Nalbandian, seeded 28, who had defied the form books by reaching the final.

The 20-year-old Argentine, playing in his first grass-court tournament and his first match on Centre Court, was an unlikely contender even for the last 16.

But there were plenty of other surprises in the men's event right from the start.

Seventh seed Roger Federer and Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson fell in the first round.

Second seed Marat Safin, seven-time winner Sampras, and former champion Agassi crashed out in the second round as the bottom half of the draw was decimated.

Suddenly every player still standing thought they had a chance of winning Wimbledon, not least the British pair of Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski.

But, after struggling through to the last four Henman could not avoid the world number one.

And after a crushing win over American star Andy Roddick, Rusedski found Xavier Malisse in the kind of form that also made an impression at Flushing Meadows and Roland Garros.

There is no escaping the feeling that the Britons missed their greatest chance.





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