Hingis, Huber Advance to Round Four as Agassi Edges Out Martin

Published June 30th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

German 11th seed Anke Huber booked her place in round four of the women's singles at Wimbledon Friday by brushing aside Slovenia's Tina Pisnik 6-2, 6-3. 

Pisnik offered little resistance to 25-year-old Huber, who will now meet the Swiss top seed Martina Hingis who ousted Silvija Talaja of Croatia 6-2, 6-2 in the third round. 

"I feel very good. I played very well and I was very focused from the first point on," said Hingis, who was far more impressive against Talaja than she had been in beating the same opponent in the German Open in early May, when Talaja had set points against her. 

"It was a much better performance than last time against her. I served much better today. 

"I feel much more consistent out there now. I'm getting better and better," she added. 

Elsewhere, Belarussian Olga Barabanschikova enjoyed a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over American Amy Frazier. 

Second seed and former champion Andre Agassi survived two match points against him to reach the third round of the men's singles ousting fellow American Todd Martin in a tumultuous five-setter. 

Agassi led by two sets to one when the match was interrupted for rain on Thursday evening, and despite going 2-5 down in the decider the 1992 title winner pulled the match out of the fire to win 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 10-8 in 3hr 41min on Center Court. 

He next faces Frenchman Jerome Golmard. 

Defending men's champion Pete Sampras was to continue his quest for a seventh Wimbledon title and record 13th Grand Slam against fellow American Justin Gimelstob in the last match on Center Court, provided he recovers from an inflamed tendon in his left shin. 

Assuming Sampras does not withdraw he would next face Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden, who beat South Africa's Neville Godwin 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.  

Zimbabwean Byron Black earlier moved into the last 16 when he scored a 6-2, 6-0, 6-4 victory over Spaniard Albert Portas on Court Three to set up a meeting with Italian veteran Gianluca Pozzi, who beat Belgium's Olivier Rochus 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 – (AFP) 

 

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