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June 17, 2003|LISA DILLMAN

TENNIS RANKINGS AND COMMENTS:

*--* WOMEN NO PLAYER COMMENT 1 JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE Old reputation: nerves of Jell-O. New rep: nerves of steel 2 SERENA WILLIAMS Almost everyone is looking forward to the next match against Henin-Hardenne 3 KIM CLIJSTERS Repeat program: Not-ready-for-prime-time in Paris 4 AMELIE MAURESMO See Clijsters 5 VENUS WILLIAMS Seems to be drifting in and out like a fading radio signal 6 NADIA PETROVA Expected: Russians making impact. Unexpected: Names not Anna and Elena 7 VERA ZVONAREVA Continued history of memorable matches vs. Williams sisters in Paris 8 LINDSAY DAVENPORT Up: Played French Open for first time since 2000. Down: Injured again 9 JENNIFER CAPRIATI Time for another reminder: Good coaches are available and standing by 10 CHANDA RUBIN Unable to make much impact vs. Henin-Hardenne in French quarterfinals MEN NO PLAYER COMMENT 1 JUAN CARLOS FERRERO Will he uphold Spanish/Brazilian tradition of winning Paris, skipping Wimbledon? 2 ALBERT COSTA Seems to be conducting one-man boycott. Missed Wimbledon last three years 3 ANDY RODDICK Shall we start calling Brad Gilbert the Phil Jackson of tennis coaches? 4 ANDRE AGASSI Well, he did return Roddick's 149-mph serve 5 SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN Man for all surfaces has decent grass-court resume: one title, one final 6 LLEYTON HEWITT Bad news: first loss on grass since 2001. Good news: defeat came at Queen's 7 TIM HENMAN Won't be seeing this movie on Henman's serve: "Bend It Like Tim." 8 GUILLERMO CORIA Quick thinking kept crowd on side after errant racket toss at French Open 9 FERNANDO GONZALEZ Produced one of the best matches at French Open in quarterfinal loss to Ferrero 10 NETHERLANDS Dutch support of Verkerk turned Roland Garros into Clockwork Orange

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