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Philippoussis finally wins

18/06/2004 05:37:17 AM Comments (0)

Mark Philippoussis has finally won a tennis match.

With only four days to go until his opening match at Wimbledon next week, the Australian broke the worst form slump of his career with a 6-3 6-1 win over Britain's world No.262 Lee Childs at a round robin exhibition event at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire.

After eight consecutive first round losses since the Australian Open in January (excluding the World Teams Cup last month), Philippoussis lost his opening match of the Boodle and Dunthorne Challenge at Stoke Park to Chilean Fernando Gonzalez 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7-1).

His hopes of a breakthrough win looked slim when he was drawn to play world No.7 Carlos Moya, but the Spaniard withdrew from the match with a shoulder injury.

Philippoussis, who reached the final of Wimbledon last year and is seeded 11th this year despite slipping to 19 in world rankings, plummeted to new depths in his slump last week when he lost in the first round at the Queen's Club to world No.866 Ian Flanagan from Wales.

Each player is guaranteed at least three matches at the four day Boodle and Dunthorne event, with Philippoussis due to play next on Saturday.

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