The first week of Wimbledon, one day of rain followed by another, encompassed two books, one lightning bolt, a fashion scandal, a one-day wonder and just enough tennis to keep most everyone titillated.
In fact, even though fewer than three rounds have been completed, 12 seeded players already have departed. Seven of them are men, including four of the top 10, and that has thrown the men's draw into a state of havoc.
It now will take a bolt of lightning similar to the one that struck the top of the new media building on Monday to prevent No. 1 seed John McEnroe and No. 3 Jimmy Connors from playing in one semifinal.
McEnroe, who has played only two rounds, will face South African qualifier Christo Steyn in the third round Monday. After that, Andres Maurer, another qualifier who defeated No. 9 Johan Kriek, looms in the round of 16. McEnroe then probably would play Kevin Curren or Stefan Edberg in the quarterfinals.
On Monday, McEnroe moves from the showcase courts to Court No. 2 to play Steyn. No. 2 has been the scene of numerous surprises over the years, including McEnroe's loss to Tim Gullikson the last time McEnroe played there, in 1979.
McEnroe complained briefly about the assignment today in a 10-minute telephone call to Wimbledon referee Alan Mills, the British Broadcasting Co. reported. The BBC said Mills explained the reasons and McEnroe accepted them.
Connors has been even luckier. Both seeded players in his section -- Tomas Smid and Pat Cash -- are gone. That leaves Ben Testerman or Sammy Giammalva as his fourth-round opponent and Tom Gullikson, Robert Seguso, Ricardo Acuna (the latter two qualifiers) or David Pate in the quarterfinals.
The bottom half of the draw is not as clear-cut, even with No. 4 Mats Wilander having been ousted by little-known Slobodan Zivojinovic. Lendl, also through only two rounds, next will play Schlomo Glickstein, then John Lloyd or Henri Leconte in the fourth round. His quarterfinal probably will be difficult: Joakim Nystrom, Boris Becker or Tim Mayotte.
The other semifinalist could be almost anyone. Anders Jarryd is the highest seeded player (No. 5) left with Yannick Noah, Vitas Gerulaitis (having survived two five-set matches), Vijay Amritraj and young Greg Holmes still alive.
Only once in eight years (1978) have all four men's semifinalists been seeded. With Wilander gone, that tradition will continue this year.
The women's side has lost five seeded players, but the two who matter most, Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova, seem to be moving toward yet another in their series of showdowns. (Even their new books are competing: they're being sold on the grounds here, and sellers say Evert's is a clear winner.)
Evert has no seeded players left in her quarter and could face No. 3 Hana Mandlikova in the semifinals -- if Mandlikova improves her game considerably. She was lucky to win a 7-5 third set against Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat in the second round Saturday. More likely, Evert will face Helena Sukova, who looks more than capable of beating Mandlikova, should they meet in the quarterfinals.
The only person with any chance to beat Navratilova before the final is No. 5 Pam Shriver, her doubles partner who has won 22 singles matches in a row. Last week, Shriver survived Anne White's attention-grabbing white bodysuit and a three-set match.
Now, she will play an emotional Centre Court match Monday against Virginia Wade, the beloved "Our Ginny" of the British. Wade, 39, says this is her last Wimbledon and Shriver probably will feel very alone Monday.
The nicest story among the women was that of Hu Na, who has had almost no success since defecting to the United States from China in 1982. Hu, playing her first Wimbledon, came through qualifying and won her first two matches before losing in three sets to Rene Uys.
Hu, who is 5 feet 8 with dark brown hair and brown eyes, became a favorite of the British fans even after beating Annabel Croft in the first round. Croft, 19, is considered by many here as Wade's successor.