Originally created 06/26/04

Croat Ivanisevic loses last match



WIMBLEDON, England - Goran Ivanisevic ended his tennis career Friday, leaving Centre Court to a rousing standing ovation after losing in straight sets to the man who succeeded him as Wimbledon champion two years ago.

The 32-year-old Croat couldn't recreate the magic that carried him to the title as an unseeded wild card in 2001, and he fell 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to Lleyton Hewitt in 86 minutes.

"Bad luck today - I played against a guy that's playing too good," Ivanisevic said. "To finish my career in Wimbledon, best place, best court, I couldn't ask for better."

A day after sister Venus was the victim of an umpire's mistake during a second-round defeat, top-seeded Serena Williams swept into the third round with a 6-0, 6-4 win over French qualifier Stephanie Foretz. Andy Roddick advanced in straight sets Friday, beating 128th-ranked Alexander Peya of Austria, 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-4, but he wasn't entirely happy with his game.

"It was OK, I did enough to win," he said. "I still don't feel like I'm playing my best tennis. I have to pick up my game in the next round."

There were two big upsets, with women's French Open champion Anastasia Myskina and men's French Open runner-up Guillermo Coria both going out.

No. 2-seeded Myskina was eliminated 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the third round by Amy Frazier, a 31-year-old American making her 16th appearance at Wimbledon. Frazier, ranked No. 36, hadn't advanced past the third round since 1996.

In the biggest upset in the men's draw so far, third-seeded Coria lost in the second round to Germany's Florian Mayer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. Coria, an Argentine clay-courter who had never won a match at Wimbledon before this year, had needed four days to complete a rain-delayed first-round match over Wesley Moodie on Thursday.

Ivanisevic, who was unable to defend his title and missed the past two Wimbledons because of injuries, said before these championships that this would be his final tournament.

"It was a victory for me to come here, play two matches and lose to a guy who is a Wimbledon champion and who is a great player," Ivanisevic said. "Everything was perfect - the weather, the crowd, the court. I just enjoyed myself."

Despite passionate support from the fans, including shouts of "We love you, Goran!" he never managed to mount a challenge in the third-round match against the No. 7-seeded Hewitt.