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Wimbledon has a full slate

WIMBLEDON, England -- This would be enough for any tennis fan with a ticket to Wimbledon today.

Serena Williams, the defending champion, is playing Maria Sharapova, an eager ex-champion who at 23 desperately wants to be at the top again, with her surgically repaired shoulder a mental hindrance but her fighting spirit still potent.

And Kim Clijsters is playing against Justine Henin. The two Belgians, combined, have nine major championships, and both took big chunks of time off from tennis.

It's only the fourth round at Wimbledon and, already, these delicious matchups.

Seems plenty good enough for a single day, but that's only a slice. Because Wimbledon keeps the middle Sunday as a rest day, anyone still in the running comes back today -- 16 men and 16 women to play fourth-round matches.

Is it too much?

Two-time U.S. Open champion and two-time Wimbledon semifinalist Tracy Austin, working here as an analyst for the BBC, sees good and bad.

"It is a lot of great matches at one time," she said. "But then you miss some of them, which is a shame. I would like to savor each match."

TV coverage starts today at 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on ESPN2, 10 a.m. on Channel 2.

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