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Sampras likely rival in career finale

WIMBLEDON, England -- What's it like to know that the final match of your career might be at Wimbledon against five-time and defending champion Pete Sampras?

"Looking forward to it. Can't wait. I've never played him," said Danny Sapsford, who had to qualify for the draw in his final tournament before retirement."It's my best Wimbledon by far," said the 30-year-old Briton, who beat Galo Blanco 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to gain the third round. "I've won about two singles matches at Wimbledon in the past 13 years."

Sapsford is ranked 571st. Barring the biggest upset in the history of men's tennis, his next match will be his last.

DON'T WORRY, MARTINA: The shock waves of Martina Hingis' first-round loss to 16-year-old Jelena Dokic were still being felt on Day 3. But Venus Williams and Jennifer Capriati said she didn't have much to worry about.

"She has five Grand Slams and I have two mixed doubles Grand Slams, so she has been doing something right. Everyone has a tough loss," Williams said after beating Elena Tatarkova 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to gain the third round.

Capriati, a second-round loser to Seda Noorlander, 6-1, 6-3, was also staunch in defense of Hingis.

"The press makes it out to be a crisis," she said.

PAM'S PENDANT: Pam Shriver, who won 22 Grand Slam doubles titles during her career, has been trying to get her equal prize money message over to the All England Club by wearing a specially designed pendant while she appears on screen for the BBC.

The silver, coin-sized pendant shows a tennis ball, with an equal sign superimposed over the top. Several WTA officials are wearing similar pendants, as are former women's champions Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King to emphasize their campaign for equal prize money for the women.

The men's singles champion will take home $728,000, and the women's titlist $655,200. Shriver believes Wimbledon should fall in line with the U.S. Open, which has the same for each.