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Hewitt survives big scare at Wimbledon

By Chris Lines 30/06/2006 11:20:08 PM Comments (0)

Lleyton Hewitt survived an enormous scare in the second-round at Wimbledon, just squeaking past world No.102 Hyung-Taik Lee in a five-setter stretched over two days.

Hewitt prevailed 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 after three hours and 55 minutes.

The match began Thursday and was suspended because of fading light to resume in the afternoon.

Hewitt will now meet in-form 20th seed Olivier Rochus on Saturday, the Belgian losing just two games in his second-round match on Thursday.

They have clashed just once before, Hewitt winning easily at Queens in 2002.

Hewitt is in a peculiar situation of having either been scheduled to play or on court every day from Tuesday to Saturday.

On Tuesday his first-round match against Filippo Volandri was held over due to fixture congestion, so he played it on Wednesday, he then played Lee on Thursday, returned to finish it on Friday and will play the third round on Saturday.

Lee was full value for his two sets, with Hewitt forced to impressively save nine points over the third and fourth sets.

The Australian served for the match in the 12th game of the fourth set, only for the Korean to somehow find the will to break back and force a tiebreak which he only converted on his fourth set point.

Returning on Friday, Hewitt looked to have taken a stranglehold on the match when he went up 1-0 and then had Lee at 0-40, but the Korean again rallied to hold.

It was a match in which the players found it far easier to create break opportunities than convert them.

Hewitt converted just six out of 20 and Lee three out of 11.

So when Hewitt went up 15-40 on Lee's serve in what proved to be the final game, there seemed a strong chance the Korean could still survive, but he played a forehand into the net cord on an approach shot to end the contest.

On Thursday, Nicole Pratt pulled off her career-best win by downing 29th seed Tatiana Golovin 2-6 6-4 6-4 in the second round.

On Saturday she will meet top seed Amelie Mauresmo who dispatched Australian Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-2.

Alicia Molik was a second-round loser, going down 6-2 6-1 in a disappointing showing against 21st seed Katarina Srebotnik.

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