Henman wins thriller; Mauresmo through
Wimbledon, June 26:
British hope Tim Henman needed two days to make it to the second round of Wimbledon, outlasting Carlos Moya on Tuesday in a riveting conclusion in which he won the fifth set 13-11 on his seventh match point.
A double-fault by Moya on the third match point of the 24th game of the set gave Henman a 6-3, 1-6, 5-7, 6-2, 13-11 win. Henman, a four-time semi-finalist playing in his 14th Wimbledon, had been tied 5-5 with Moya in the fifth set when the match was stopped due to darkness on Monday. Henman missed four match points at 5-4.
The two men returned to Centre Court after Amelie Mauresmo had opened the defense of her women’s title beating Jamea Jackson of the US 6-1, 6-3.
Henman, who has a tradition of pulling out five-set victories at Wimbledon, has lost in the second round the last two years. The last British man to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936.
Second-seeded Rafael Nadal, coming off his third straight French Open title on clay, beat Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Nadal produced an ace down the middle on match point. The Spaniard had 40 winners to 15 errors, broke Fish twice and saved the only two break points he faced. Nadal, who lost to Roger Federer in last year’s final, is aiming to become the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1987-80 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year.
Also advancing was 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt. The 16th-seeded Australian beat British wild card Richard Bloomfield 7-5, 6-3, 7-5. No 9 James Blake beat Igor Andreev 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to extend his career record over the Russian to 5-0. Blake has never been past the third round at Wimbledon. Other winners included No 13 Richard Gasquet, No 15 Ivan Ljubicic and No 26 Marat Safin.
Maria Sharapova advanced to the second round despite a tough second set against Chan Yung-jan of Taiwan, winning 6-1, 7-5. Third-seeded Jelena Jankovic and No 8 Anna Chakvetadze were among the other women who reached the second round.