posted on Apr, 9 2004 @ 08:57 AM
Nine times champion Martina Navratilova
has ruled out playing singles at Wimbledon during her final year on the circuit.The American makes her
singles comeback on Tuesday at Amelia Island, facing Puerto Rican Kristen Brandi in the first round.
It is her first singles outing in the United States since 1994, although she did play at Eastbourne in England prior to Wimbledon 2002, and beat
Tatiana Panova in the first round before losing to Daniela Hantuchova.But Navratilova has no intention of putting her game to the test at a grand slam
unless there is a doubles partner by her side.Navratilova turns 48 this autumn and will hang up her racquet at the end of the year, and although she
hopes to win a few singles matches this season, it seems unlikely she will play solo at a grand slam.
Defending champion Elena
of Russia waved a rueful goodbye to this season's Bausch & Lomb Championship after retiring injured from her second-round match
against Jelena Kostanic on Wednesday.Having lost the first set on a tie-break, she played one game in the second set but then retired due to a hip
strain.Kostanic claimed a 7-6 (7/5) 1-0 win by default.
Third seed Amelie Mauresmo
was in a rush as she breezed through a second-round match against Akiko Morigami.The French player thrashed her
Japanese opponent 6-0 6-3.
picked up at Amelia Island where she left off in Miami.Williams, the number two seed, began a quest for her second straight title with a 6-3 6-1 rout
of fellow American Mary Pierce in the second round of the Bausch & Lomb Championship.Williams returned to competitive tennis last week after missing
eight months due to knee surgery and captured the NASDAQ-100 Open, her first title since last year's victory at Wimbledon.
USA's Davis Cup challenge in this week's quarter-final encounter with Sweden at Florida's Delray Beach.The world number two will be looking to
continue his 100% Davis Cup hard court record as the Americans hope to avenge their defeat to Sweden in their last meeting in the 1997 final in
Gothenburg.Mardy Fish is the other singles player, with Bryan brothers Bob and Mike chosen by team captain Patrick McEnroe for the doubles.For the
Swedes, Thomas Johansson comes in for the injured Joachim Johansson, with Jonas Bjorkman, Thomas Enqvist and Robin Soderling completing Mats
Wilander's line-up.The game is the 11th encounter between the two countries, who first played Davis Cup tennis against each other in 1946 with the USA
winning seven of the 10 meetings.
stole what could have been a milestone moment from Conchita Martinez.Henin-Hardenne stopped Martinez from notching her 700th career win on
Thursday, rallying for a 2-6 7-5 6-3 victory over the 16th-seeded Spaniard to reach the quarter-finals at the Bausch & Lomb Championship.Martinez took
the first set from the top-ranked Belgian and was up a break in the second before Henin-Hardenne stormed back to remain undefeated in six meetings