Hunter at the Crikey sports desk writes:
into quarter finals at Queen’s. A single break of
serve cost Hewitt the first set (4-6) in his match against Max Mirnyi at this
year’s Queen’s event, but it seemed to bring the feisty South Australian to
life. He breezed through the second set 6-1, only to encounter a more resolute
Mirnyi in the third. Pushed to a tie break, Hewitt eventually prevailed (7-4)
putting himself in the quarter finals. While his form at the French Open was
encouraging, and a good performance at Queens is the ideal preparation for
Wimbledon, Hewitt has some pretty stiff opposition waiting for him: French Open champion Rafael Nadal, third seed Andy Roddick
and fellow American James Blake have all won their way to the quarters as well.
Mark Philippoussis (remember him?) lost in the third round, and remains hopeful
of a wildcard for Wimbledon, despite being “mentally prepared”
to play in qualifying. The former Wimbledon finalist hasn’t had to fight his
way through the qualifying rounds for a berth at Wimbledon in over a decade.
Winged Foot a worthy test. Only one golfer managed to break par
on the first day of
the US Open, with Colin Montgomery earning shooting a 69 to earn
himself a one-stroke lead. But as much as his own steadiness, he can
thank David Howell for the
healthy position he finds himself in. Howell was four under par and
of the field with only four holes to play, but dropped those four shots
(including a double bogey on the last) to break even for the round.
Woods, returning to competition after the death of his father, could
manage a six over 76, his putter letting him down repeatedly, and
possibility that he may miss the Open cut for the first time since 1995
debuted as an amateur. Of the Aussies, Geoff Ogilvy shot a one over 71,
Scott is well-placed at two over, with Scott Hend and Stuart Appleby
two over. Robert Allenby is a further shot back at three over (click here for the full leaderboard).
Lanka continues good work against England. It may
have only been a Twenty20 game, but Sri Lanka have beaten England in
thriller on what’s becoming a very successful tour for the Lankans. The
from the last ball, with English debutant Tim Bresnan needing a
secure a draw, but only managing to sky the ball for two, leaving his
runs short of Sri Lanka’s 163. Paul Collingwood did his part for
English, taking 4-22 from four overs, but it was Sanath Jayasuriya’s
41 from 30 balls at the top of the Sri Lankan innings that got the
to a match-winning start. After drawing the Test series, and taking out
the Twenty20 win, Sri Lanka enter the five match one-day series against
brimming with confidence. For the English, a good showing is of
importance, with no clear evidence yet to emerge that they are
form they displayed against Australia last year.