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Hingis books place in Scottsdale semis

Hingis powers a return shot to opponent, Bedanova Keystone

Switzerland's Martina Hingis is through to the semi-finals of the WTA tennis tournament in Scottsdale, after beating the Czech Republic's Daja Bedanova.

This content was published on March 2, 2002 - 08:21

Hingis, the tournament's number two-seed, got off to a good start against her 18-year-old opponent, six seeds her junior.

However, despite winning the first set 6-4, the top Swiss player failed to capitalise on her lead and lost the second 0-6.

Hingis had to fight hard to claw back the game but the St-Gallen star swung back into action to take the third set 6-3.

After the match Hingis said she had noticed a marked improvement in her opponent since the last time they met.

"I had to fight hard to win the match," Hingis mused. "Daja Bedanova knew how to put me in difficult situations. She is a player who's definitely on the up."

Hingis now faces a tough semi-final match against America's Serena Williams. It will be the 12th time the two players have gone head-to-head, with Hingis winning six of the previous matches.

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