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Hingis struggles through second round in Charleston

Hingis had a surprisingly difficult match against the qualifier, Bianka Lamade Keystone

Martina Hingis has struggled through the second round of the $1.2 million Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston, South Carolina. She overcame Bianka Lamade of Germany in two sets, but was taken to a tiebreak in the first.

This content was published on April 18, 2001 - 10:55

In what should have been an easy match for the world number one, Hingis had a surprising upset against the German qualifier, who is 117 in the world rankings. She eventually prevailed in the first set, but not until Lamade had taken her to a tiebreak.

Hingis took control in the second, dropping only one game in a match beset by cold weather and violent winds.

Hingis, who received a bye in the first round, now faces either the American, Alexandra Stevenson, or Croatia's Iva Majoli, who defeated her in the 1997 final of the French open at Roland Garros.

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