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STICH FOLLOWS GRAF WITH QUICK EXIT

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Steffi Graf is history, and now so is fellow German Michael Stich.

In another stunning Wimbledon upset, 120th-ranked Bryan Shelton routed No. 2 seed and 1991 champion Stich 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday.Stich joined Graf, the women's top seed and defending champion, as a first-round loser. Graf fell to American Lori McNeil 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) amid Tuesday's wind and rain.

Shelton is also an American.

McNeil's best Wimbledon, in 10 previous tries, was in 1986 when she lost to Hana Mandlikova in the quarterfinals. Her best Grand Slam was a semifinal loss in the 1987 U.S. Open,

Graf was asked if she expected McNeil to march on to the finals.

"I don't think so, no," she said.

"That's her opinion," McNeil retorted. "I'm not going to say. I'm just going to focus on my next match. It's hard in the second round to say, `I'll go all the way.' That's looking way ahead, but we'll see."

Still, McNeil surged from a 100-1 outsider to a 7-1 third choice to win the tournament after her shocking victory.

Now 30, McNeil has never quite delivered on the potential she showed when she came out of Houston's playground program with friend Zina Garrison in 1983. She was ranked as high as No. 9 in 1988 but never pushed past that plateau.

"In my career, I've had some great wins, and I've had some bad losses," she said after beating Graf. "It's hard to look back and say what I should have or could have done. I think right now I'm doing all I can, and I'm pleased with that."

The No. 1 men's seed, defending champion Pete Sampras, preserved some sense of order with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 second-round victory over fellow American Richey Reneberg.

Shelton, who had to win three qualifying matches to make the field, has never advanced past the third round of any Grand Slam. But he totally outplayed Stich, who let his frustrations show and was targeted by boos when he exited Court Two.

"It's one of the top matches of my career so far," Shelton said. "Nothing seemed to bother me from the beginning to the end."

Stich, though ranked No. 2 in the world after Pete Sampras, has struggled badly in recent Grand Slams. He lost in the first round of the 1993 U.S. Open and in the Austrialian Open this year, and was ousted in the second round of the recent French Open.

"I didn't play great; I didn't play bad," Stich said. "He was just too good. He could have closed his eyes and hit wherever he wanted."

In other matches Wednesday, 20-year-old Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov outlasted Dutchman Laurence Tieleman in the completion of a suspended match 7-5, 6-7 (7-5), 7-5, 6-7 (7-4), 10-8.

Russian Alexander Volkov won 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 over Jeff Tarango, the sixth straight time the American has lost here in the first round, longest Wimbledon losing streak in the field.

France's Guy Forget, who missed the past five Grand Slams because of injuries, beat Doug Flach, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. But another veteran Frenchman, crowd-favorite Henri Leconte, withdrew with back problems five games into the fifth set of a battle with Spain's Alex Corretja.

Among women, ninth-seeded Lindsay Davenport, just back from her high school graduation in California, won her second-round match against South African Tessa Price 6-4, 6-2.

But No. 12 seed Anke Huber joined the ranks of German upset victims, falling to Argentinian Ines Gorrochategui 6-3, 6-4.

Gabriela Sabatini, the No. 10 seed, completed a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 comeback victory over Austria's Judith Wiesner. Helena Sukova, designated 17th seed after the withdrawal of No. 7 Mary Pierce, beat American Tami Whitlinger 6-7 (9-7), 6-2, 8-6.