Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Seven Up for Hopeful Henman

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Seven Up for Hopeful Henman

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Tim Henman has been named as seventh seed for the Australian Open which begins on Monday.

Henman will be looking to progress further than last year, when he was knocked out in the third round by Argentinian Guillermo Canas after squandering a two-set lead in the longest match of the tournament.

Last season the Briton experienced his most successful campaign ever when he reached the semi-finals of the French and US Opens as well as the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

If he can continue that form, the 30-year-old stands a good chance of improving on his best Melbourne performance, which saw him reach the fourth round for three consecutive years from 2000 before being ruled out by injury in 2003.

Roger Federer and Lindsay Davenport head the seedings for the tournament's centenary year, but Davenport's participation is in doubt after she withdrew from the Medibank International in Sydney with bronchitis.

Davenport was scheduled to play Australia's Samantha Stosur in the quarter-finals today, and her sudden illness follows her withdrawal from the Hopman Cup last week with a knee injury. …

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