Englishman Tim Henman is used to rain delays at Wimbledon.
updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
Wimbledon:Englishman Tim Henman is used to rain delays at Wimbledon. In addition to his backgammon board, he had an added distraction on Monday while waiting for the rain to stop: his baby daughter Rosie. "It's a good distraction with Rosie," Henman said. "It's not ideal for everyone. It's not ideal for the fans, players or television, but you just have to deal with it. We all find ways to amuse ourselves". Henman often finds himself playing late on Centre Court because broadcaster BBC wants to show his matches live in prime time. Two years ago, Henman led Goran Ivanisevic by set two sets to one when rain ended play. He eventually lost the semifinal over three days. "I would probably prefer to play first, but it's out of my control," Henman said. "I understand why I'm put on last and in the semifinals in 2001 it certainly didn't help me. At least I've had a lot of experience with rain delays". JAPANESE OUT Japan had two players in the women's fourth round of Wimbledon - the first time since 1996. But on Monday, Ai Sugiyama fell to Kim Clijsters 6-3, 6-2 and Shinobu Asagoe lost to Lindsay Davenport 6-4, 6-1 before a late afternoon rain delay. Asagoe upset No. 9 seed Daniela Hantuchova in the second round, but never offered Davenport a serious challenge. Asagoe went to the same high school as Kimiko Date. In 1996, Date and Sugiyama were the last two Japanese to make the fourth round. Sugiyama lost in the fourth round that year and Date made the semifinals. AMERICAN EDGE Five Russians made the fourth round at Wimbledon - but only one reached the quarters. For the first time in Grand Slam history, five Russian women were in the fourth round. On Monday, three of the four Americans in the last 16 played Russians - and all won. "It just shows the Americans are still on top of the Russians," joked Lindsay Davenport, the only American not to play a Russian on Monday. "I would say on this surface, seems like they all lost to American players today. The Americans have the upper hand on a quick surface, especially grass. There's no question that they're great, young players coming up (from Russia)," she added. (AP)