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Hingis goes through to finals at Sydney

An elated Martina Hingis after her match against Conchita Martinez of Spain

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Switzerland's Martina Hingis has earned her place in the finals of the Sydney International tennis tournament after an easy victory over Conchita Martinez in the semi-finals.

The world number one player didn't seem to feel the heat, despite temperatures in excess of 35 degrees Celsius. She took just 69 minutes to beat the Spaniard 6-3, 6-2.

Hingis will play Lindsay Davenport on Saturday. The American was given an automatic place in the final after the defending champion, Amelie Mauresmo, pulled out of the semi-finals with a back injury.

Davenport, the world's number two, beat Hingis in the 1999 Sydney final, before losing to Mauresmo at last year's tournament. Davenport has won 12 singles matches against Hingis since 1995, while the Swiss player has notched up nine defeats of Davenport.

Despite that statistic, the Swiss player said she was looking forward to the final.

"I'm Number One and she's Number Two, so it's good to have a final like this," Hingis said. "My standard right now is very high... I feel confident."

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