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Hingis avenges Wimbledon debacle

Switzerland's Martina Hingis (pictured) beats Jelena Dokic in just 51 minutes at the tournament in Kloten

(Keystone)

Switzerland's Martina Hingis has taken her revenge on the Australian player who knocked her out of last year's Wimbledon tournament.

At Zurich's Swisscom Challenge tournament on Tuesday, world number one Hingis defeated Jelena Dokic - ranked 31st in the world - 6-3 6-2 in less than an hour.

The last time the two players clashed was in the first round at Wimbledon in 1999. Dokic, who was then ranked 129th, beat the star from St Gallen 6-2 6-0, in what was considered the biggest upset in recent tennis history.

"It was good it didn't happen again today," said Hingis. "I was maybe a bit more nervous playing against her than against some of the other players."

Dokic commented after the match: "I don't think I attacked enough. That was the difference this time. I let her stay in the points and you can't do that with her."

In the quarter-finals, Hingis will now face Russia's Anastasia Myskina who enjoyed a surprise win over Swiss number two Patty Schynder in the first round-

Away from Kloten, Switzerland's Miroslava Vavrinec continued her winning streak. The Slovakian-born Swiss beat Wynne Prakusya of Indonesia 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

Meanwhile, on the men's front, the news for Switzerland has not been as upbeat.

George Bastl was knocked out of the Japan Open tournament in Tokyo. Hicham Arazi of Morocco trumped the Swiss in three sets, 6-4 5-7 6-4.

On a more positive note, Roger Federer has blasted his way past the second seed at the CA Trophy in Vienna.

A semi-finalist there last year, Federer beat Magnus Norman 4-6 7-6 6-4 in the first round on Tuesday.

Norman's surprise defeat at the hands of the player from Basel dents the Swede's hopes of completing the season as world number one.

The Swedish player topped the rankings for seven weeks earlier in the season and is currently fourth.

"Becoming the number one has been a goal of mine since the French Open. It will be tough," Norman said after he became the third seed in the tournament to be eliminated.

swissinfo with agencies





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