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Williamses could clash in final

Venus, Serena placed in opposite brackets at Wimbledon

June 18, 2003

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— After an all-Belgian French Open final broke the streak, Wimbledon could be another all-in-the family affair.

Serena and Venus Williams were placed on opposite sides of the Wimbledon women's draw Tuesday, meaning the sisters might face each other in yet another Grand Slam final.

Defending men's champion Lleyton Hewitt received a break when his likely second-round opponent, former winner Richard Krajicek, withdrew because of an elbow injury hours after the draw for the tournament that begins Monday.

"You can't read too much into the draw," said Hewitt, the top seed. "Out of the four Grand Slams, Wimbledon is probably the one that opens up the most."

Andre Agassi, seeded second, will open against British wild card Jamie Delgado, and could face No. 18 Marat Safin or big-serving Mark Philippoussis in the fourth round.

Serena Williams, who won Wimbledon for the first time last year, and older sister Venus, the 2000 and '01 champion, have met in four of the last five Grand Slam championship matches.

The one they didn't reach was the last -- at Roland Garros earlier in June when Justine Henin-Hardenne beat fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters in a history making French Open final.

Top-seeded Serena Williams plays 66th-ranked American Jill Craybas in the first round.

Serena Williams, left, holds her trophy after defeating her sister,
Venus, right, in the 2002 Wimbledon final. The sisters were placed
on opposite sides of the draw Tuesday for the 2003 event in
Wimbledon, England.

Serena Williams, left, holds her trophy after defeating her sister, Venus, right, in the 2002 Wimbledon final. The sisters were placed on opposite sides of the draw Tuesday for the 2003 event in Wimbledon, England.

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