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Hingis into quarter-finals

Martina Hingis encountered some resistance at the beginning of the match, before stepping up a gear

(Keystone)

Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis is through to the last eight of the US Open after an impressive straight sets win over rising Yugoslav youngster Jelena Dokic.

Hingis needed just over an hour to dispose of Dokic 6-4, 6-0, although the match got off to a terrible start from the Swiss player's perspective.

Dokic, who famously knocked Hingis out of the first round at Wimbledon last season, shot into a 3-0 lead on Sunday. But the world number one fought back in style, taking 12 of the last 13 games to complete her victory over the 14th seed.

"She played very well at the start," Hingis said of her opponent, "very fast and very flat. So I just had to wait and play my game. I added more topspin to try and not miss anything, and it worked. It just took me some time to adjust."

Dokic was understandably less upbeat following the encounter.

"It's mentally very difficult after having led 3-0," the youngster admitted. "I don't know what happened. I lost a little concentration, and started to mishit more of my shots. I tried to get back in the match but I was overhitting the ball and she hardly missed a thing."

Hingis, who is hoping to end a run of almost three years without a Grand Slam title, will now face Czech teenager Daja Bedanova, who sensationally saw off former world number one Monica Seles to reach the quarter-finals in New York.

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