Hingis and Federer make history

Despite her leg injury Martina Hingis beat Belgian Kim Clijsters in the semifinal Keystone

Martina Hingis and Roger Federer have made Swiss sporting history after both making it through to the two finals at the Sydney Open tennis tournament.

This content was published on January 11, 2002 - 12:13

Defending champion Martina Hingis beat Belgian Kim Clijsters 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 in the semifinal of the women's competition while Federer saw off America's Andy Roddick 7-6, 6-4 in the men's event.

It's the first time ever that a Swiss man and a Swiss woman have reached the finals at the same tournament.

Federer sealed his place in the final with an ace after an unlikely comeback early on.

Roddick was serving for the first set at 5-4 until Federer broke his serve and upset the rhythm of the 19-year-old.

"I got a little worried there because he [Roddick] was returning really well and my serve was not working, so I'm really happy with the outcome," Federer said after the match.

The Swiss number one will now be a strong favourite in Saturday's final where his due to face Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela.

Hingis needs treatment

Hingis, who needed treatment to her left leg in the final set against Clijsters, will face Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States in the women's final.

The Swiss player later decided to withdraw from the doubles final rather than risk aggravating the injury further.

"I've played a lot of matches so shortly after coming back from injury - maybe too much too soon," Hingis said after her semi-final win.

The 21-year-old, who is coming back from a three-month injury layoff after falling badly on her ankle during the final of last year's Filderstadt tournament, said she could not risk being injured in doubles on the eve of a final and with the start of the Australian Open just two days away.

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