Sidot Escapes Canadian Webb

Published June 15th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

France's Anne-Gaelle Sidot went through to the third round at the $170,000 Edgbaston WTA event in a fiercely contested three-set match with Canada's Vanessa Webb in Birmingham, England on Wednesday. 

Both players looked cautious at first in the slippery conditions, and each took a nasty tumble in the first set when a frustrated Sidot, seeded seven, also threw a couple of racquet-throwing tantrums. 

Webb got the better of three early service breaks to take the first set 6-3, but Sidot turned her temper into more productive employment to level matters in the second - even though she needed two more set-point opportunities at 5-4. 

The 20-year-old French player imposed her class, however, as the court dried out and, with a break to lead 3-1, she went on to wrap up the proceedings in impressive style. 

She will now meet the winner of an all-American clash between Meghann Shaughnessy and Lilia Osterloh for a place in the quarterfinals. 

British number one Louise Latimer, who beat Sidot at Wimbledon last year, must wait until Thursday to face a revenge challenge from Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn, who went down to Latimer in the final of the Surbiton event last Sunday, after rain washed out six hours of play on Wednesday. 

Karen Cross, the domestic number four, also had her second-round meeting with sixth-seeded American Lisa Raymond delayed for 24 hours as the conditions allowed only four matches to start under heavy gray skies. 

The consolation for both home hopes is that they have been confirmed among seven wild-card entries for the women's singles at Wimbledon in two weeks. 

Latimer, however, may not need it with a current ranking of 127. 

Julie Pullin, Sam Smith, Hannah Collin and Lorna Woodroffe are the other British players to be given Wimbledon wild cards, with one more yet to be announced - (AFP) 


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