The world number one, Switzerland's Martina Hingis, has been knocked out of the Italian Open after hsuffering her second defeat in the last two weeks by French fourth seed Amelie Mauresmo.This content was published on May 20, 2001 - 00:58
Mauresmo battled during two tough sets to book her place in the finals of the $1.2 million tournament in Rome. The Frenchwoman beat Hingis 6-4, 7-6.
The victory marks the ninth straight win for the 21-year-old, who had also beaten Hingis in the semifinals last week on her way to the German Open tennis title.
"It's frustrating to lose twice against the same player," Hingis said after the match. "I think I didn't play my best today. Mentally, I didn't have the edge."
Hingis knows that she will have to improve quickly if she is to have any chance of winning her first ever French Open title when the Roland Garros tournament gets underway later this month. Her latest defeat leaves the Swiss world number one without a tournament win in the last three months.
Mauresmo, on the other hand, appears to be peaking just in time for her country's biggest tennis tournament. In Rome on Sunday she is due to face Yugoslavia's Jelena Dokic in search of what would be the Frenchwoman's fifth title of the year.
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