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Published: Thu, June 23, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Clijsters rolls: Miffed when a poor choice of shots cost her a point, Kim Clijsters walked away from the net frowning and bouncing her racket strings off the side of her head. The point proved inconsequential, and there was little else to annoy Clijsters, who drubbed Marissa Irvin 6-1, 6-1 to reach the third round. Clijsters lost just three service points, two on double-faults, and advanced in 44 minutes. A four-time Grand Slam runner-up seeking her first major title, the Belgian committed just seven unforced errors. "This is the best I felt for a long time," Clijsters said. "On a scale of 10, I would give myself an eight." Seeded 15th but considered among the tournament favorites, Clijsters missed much of last year with a wrist injury and returned to the top 15 after winning the Eastbourne grass-court title last week. It was her 24th career title and her third this year. Against Irvin, Clijsters was at her overpowering best on the final point of the first set. Moving steadily forward, she hit a swinging volley, a forehand volley and then an overhead slam for a winner. "I felt like I was seeing the ball really well," Clijsters said. "It has been a long time since I felt like this, and it's a very good feeling to have. I'll try not to get all happy about it, work hard and try to maintain that feeling."

No trouble: "The Graveyard of Champions" wasn't up to the task Wednesday. Former champion Lindsay Davenport and third-seeded Amelie Mauresmo both reached the third round with wins on cozy Court 2. The court earned its nickname because it has a history of upsets, including seven-time champion Pete Sampras' final Wimbledon match in the second round in 2002. But the top-ranked Davenport beat Jamea Jackson 6-0, 6-3, and two-time Wimbledon semifinalist Mauresmo defeated Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-1, 6-3.

Martina wins: Nine-time Wimbledon singles champion Martina Navratilova and partner Anna-Lena Groenefeld reached the second round in doubles, beating Rika Fujiwara and Saori Obata 6-3, 6-3. The 48-year-old Navratilova has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 doubles championships and nine mixed doubles titles.

Still going: Jonas Bjorkman is the second oldest player remaining in the men's draw, but it was his opponent who retired in the second round Wednesday. Bjorkman, 32, advanced to the third round when eighth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko retired with a wrist injury leading 7-6 (4), 2-1.

Here comes the sun: Defying its reputation for rain, Wimbledon has enjoyed three consecutive sunny days to start the tournament. Temperatures have been in the low 80's each day, and more sunshine is in the forecast for today.

Associated Press




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