The world number one tennis player, Switzerland's Martina Hingis, has advanced to the semifinals of the Chase Championships in New York, after knocking out sixth-seeded Nathalie Tauziat of France.
Hingis will face her friend and doubles partner, Russia's Anna Kournikova, who has lost 10 out of 11 confrontations with the Swiss player. The second semifinal pairing will be determined on Friday when Monica Seles plays Amanda Coetzer.
Hingis took just over an hour-and-a-half to beat her opponent 6-1, 6-7, 6-2 in the quarter finals, despite a mid-match lapse. The top-seeded Swiss had to fight her way back after the Frenchwoman forced her to a second-set tiebreaker, which Tauziat claimed 7-2.
Speaking afterwards, Hingis said her determination to win had been crucial in turning the match her way. "I really wanted to win. That's the main thing," she said.
She was also helped by Tauziat's 28 unforced errors, and her weaker serve in the third set.
Later on Thursday, Hingis teamed up with Kournikova to defeat America's Lisa Raymond and Australia's Rennae Stubbs, 6-4, 6-2, and earn a place in Saturday's doubles final.
swissinfo with agencies