Two-time Wimbledon finalist Goran Ivanisevic served 28 aces today i
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) _ Two-time Wimbledon finalist Goran Ivanisevic served 28 aces today in a straight-set victory over American Jonathan Stark.
The fourth-seeded Ivanisevic, who had 21 aces in his opening match, moved into the third round with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory.
Stark, ranked No. 71, was up 4-3 in the third set and had three break points at 0-40 on Ivanisevic’s serve. But the Croatian served his way out of trouble and proceeded to close out the match in a tiebreaker.
Sixth-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia posted his second consecutive straight-set victory by downing Bern Karbacher 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. Unseeded Aaron Krickstein won 6-0, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6), over Karol Kucera.
Zina Garrison Jackson, runnerup to Martina Navratilova in 1990 and making her 13th and final appearance at Wimbledon, rallied from 1-4 down in the first set to beat Elna Reinach, 6-4, 6-2.
Later today, Pete Sampras continued his quest for a third straight Wimbledon title in a second-round match against Britain’s Tim Henman.
Women scheduled to play today included defending champion Conchita Martinez, second-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and No. 5 Mary Pierce.
Top-seeded Steffi Graf pulled out of the doubles competition with Navratilova. Her coach, Heinz Gunthardt, said Graf was still feeling the affects of a recent wrist injury and a chronic back condition.
While Graf will continue her bid for a sixth singles title, Navratilova entered the mixed doubles competition with Stark. That means Navratilova will be playing at Wimbledon for the 23rd straight year.
After giving 14-year-old Martina Hingis a grass-court lesson Tuesday, Graf predicted the Swiss teen-ager could win Wimbledon in the next three or four years.
``I think she has a good chance,″ Graf said after winning the first-round match 6-3, 6-1, to extend her 1995 record to 26-0. ``She’s so calm and collected on the court and she plays intelligent tennis. At 14, you don’t see that very often. I think she has a big future.″
Hingis, named after nine-time champion Navratilova, beamed at the thought.
``I do hope that she’s right,″ she said.
Hingis, who dominated the juniors circuit before turning pro last October, has quickly risen to No. 18 in the world rankings after victories this year over players such as Jana Novotna, Anke Huber and Helena Sukova.
But her limitations were fully exposed against Graf on Centre Court. Graf teed off on her weak serve and dictated the play with her powerful forehand, turning the highly-anticipated encounter into a 49-minute mismatch.
``I think she probably will have to deliver more with her serve because I could always take advantage of that,″ Graf said. ``But I think, otherwise, from the back, she definitely has the strokes for it.″
Hingis, smiling and cheerful at the post-match news conference, said Graf was overpowering.
``It was very hard for me,″ she said. ``Everything happened so quickly. I didn’t have time to react. She returned so well.″
Graf was one of five Wimbledon champions advancing to the second round Tuesday. The others were Martinez, 1992 winner Andre Agassi, three-time titlist Boris Becker and two-time champ Stefan Edberg.
Two former champions were ousted. Ninth-seeded Michael Stich, the 1991 champion, lost in straight sets to Jacco Eltingh. And 1987 winner Pat Cash, a part-timer these days, retired with an ankle injury after losing the first set to Dick Norman _ the tallest (6-foot-8) and heaviest (215-pound) player in the draw.
Stich lost in the opening round here for the second year in a row, his sixth first-round exit at a Grand Slam.