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Sampras Cruises to 4th Wimbledon Title
Pete Sampras (pictured) became the first American man to win four Wimbledon titles after cruising to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Cedric Pioline on Sunday. It was Sampras's 10th Grand Slam singles title, just two shy of Roy Emerson's record. Sampras faced only one break point in the match.
Fernandez, Zvereva Win Women's Doubles
Hingis Takes First Wimbledon Crown
Sixteen-year-old Martina Hingis (pictured) became the
youngest Wimbledon champion this century after beating Jana Novotna in Saturday's final, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Novotna, 28, led 2-0 and was within a point of going 3-0 in the third set, but Hingis won six of the next seven games to win her second Grand Slam of the year. Hingis is 48-1 this year, her only loss being to Iva Majoli in the French Open final.
JENNIFER FREY: Becker a Class Act
Sampras, Pioline Surge Into Men's Final
Pete Sampras advanced to his fourth Wimbledon final Friday, beating Australia's Todd Woodbridge in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3). Sampras is seeking to become the first American ever to win four Wimbledon titles. In Sunday's final, he will face unseeded Cedric Pioline (pictured) , who outlasted Germany's Michael Stich, 6-7 (7-2), 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. After the match, Stich announced his retirement.
It's All Over at Becker's All England Club
Three-time champion Boris Becker (pictured) said he will never again play at Wimbledon after losing to top-seeded Pete Sampras, 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-4, in the men's quarterfinals. Becker, 29, said he may still enter this year's U.S. Open but would not play at any Grand Slam
events next year. "I
just don't feel I have ... what it takes to win a Grand
Slam," he said. Becker was cheered loudly upon his exit, even though fans did not realize they were witnessing his last match at the All England Club.
The Brits Aren't Coming to Semis
Hingis Has No Trouble With Kournikova
In a much-anticipated match between 16-year-olds, top-seeded Martina Hingis had little trouble with Anna Kournikova, winning 6-3, 6-2 in just 62 minutes Thursday. With the victory, Hingis becomes the youngest Wimbledon women's finalist in 110 years.
A Sweet 16 Showdown Set for Semifinals
Sixteen-year-old Anna Kournikova upset No. 4 seed Iva Majoli, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, to advance to her first Grand Slam semifinal, where she'll meet No. 1 seed Martina Hingis, also 16. In the men's draw, No. 1 seed Pete Sampras (pictured) needed five sets to beat No. 16 Petr Korda to move on to a date with Boris Becker.
Henman, Britain Hanging in the Balance
After the rain subsided, darkness suspended play between Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek and Britain's Tim Henman on Centre Court. Henman won the first and third of three sets to take a 2-1 lead. In other action, Anna Kournikova, 16, beat Helena Sukova, who is twice her age, to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time.
Weary Seles Eliminated Quietly From Third Round
Monica Seles, playing for the third straight day as Wimbledon caught up on its rain-wrecked schedule,
unraveled Monday after the umpire overruled a linesman's call and was eliminated by France's Sandrine Testud (pictured), 0-6, 6-3, 8-6. This is the second consecutive year that Seles has departed early from the singles draw.
NOTEBOOK: Fernandez the Only American Woman Left
Crowd, Henman Shine on Middle Sunday
The flag-waving, foot-stomping crowds on People's Sunday at Wimbledon carried Britain's Tim Henman (pictured) from the brink of defeat to a rousing four-hour, 6-7 (9-7), 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 14-12, victory over Paul Haarhuis that will go down as
one of the most dramatic in Wimbledon history.
NOTEBOOK: Upsets: Centre Court of Attention
Norman Ends Ivanisevic's Fortnight Early
After two straight days of washouts, the All England Club
finally got some action Saturday as Sweden's Magnus Norman upset No. 2 seed Goran Ivanisevic, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 14-12. In other action, American teenager
Venus Williams (pictured) was knocked out.
Agassi Needs to Get Back on Location
While Andre Agassi is still in London, he is not where he needs to be battling Pete Sampras at Wimbledon and
giving life to men's tennis, writes Post columnist Jennifer Frey. Agassi reportedly has stayed in London because his wife actress Brooke Shields is in town on location, and he stayed to keep her company. After a week when Wimbledon was plagued by disappointing performances by several of its American stars, Agassi's absence was only more noticeable.
McEnroe, Evert Blast State of Tennis | KORNHEISER: Net Losses Galore
IRA Activity Leads to Increased Security
Security at the All England Club has been tightened because of increased activity by the IRA and the bombing at the Summer Olympics last year. For the first time, police will search spectators's cars and bags
as they arrive. A force of more than 800 members of the Royal Army, Navy, Air
Force and London Fire Brigade will provide security.
Croatia's Newest Export: Women Stars
While Croatia has a long list of famous male athletes, the recent success of 15-year-old Mirjana Lucic and 19-year-old French Open champion Iva Majoli has Croatian hearts and minds throbbing with the idea that the country could produce world class women's tennis champions.
FLASHBACK: 1996 WIMBLEDON
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Graf Wins 7th Wimbledon
Steffi Graf (pictured) earned her seventh Wimbledon title by defeating Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-3, 7-5. The title was Graf's 20th Grand Slam championship and the 100th singles title of her career. Graf, afflicted by cold and sinus problems, was in complete control before Sanchez Vicario mounted a late rally. But a key break by Graf put her back in control and she eventually won the 1-hour 28-minute match.
Krajicek Defeats Washington in Final
In the first Wimbledon men's final featuring two unseeded players, Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands overpowered American MaliVai Washington to win the men's title, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. The hard-serving Krajicek was too tough throughout, as the players weathered several rain delays at soggy Wimbledon.