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Philippoussis to face unknown at Queen's

By Sharon Mathieson 08/06/2004 05:57:33 AM Comments (0)

If Mark Philippoussis can't get past the first round at the Queen's Club tennis championships, he may as well forget about Wimbledon.

Philippoussis takes on world No.866 Ian Flanagan in the opening round of the Wimbledon warm-up event and is hoping for a change of fortune after bowing out after the first round in seven tournaments this year.

After losing to world No.38 Luis Horna in the opening round of the French Open, Philippoussis stretched his record for 2004 to eight wins and 12 losses, including a career-worst eight match losing streak.

But the 2003 Wimbledon runner up said he had remained positive despite his dismal year and was looking forward to the grass in England.

His first test comes when he takes on the little-known Briton in front of a parochial crowd.

Philippoussis will then join forces with fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt to face compatriot Michael Hill and American Jan-Michael Gambill in the doubles.

There were mixed fortunes for Australians Todd Reid and Wayne Arthurs in their first round encounters at the Queen's Club event.

Reid, who won four qualifying matches to book a berth in the main draw, upset Frenchman Thierry Ascione to advance to the second round.

But Arthurs struggled the moment he walked onto the court to face Yen-Hsun Lu from Taipei, who easily won the match 6-2 6-4 to end the South Australian's tournament.

"It's very disappointing, nothing came together today," Arthurs said.

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