Hingis through to last four in Berlin

Hingis had to fend off a late surge from Sanchez-Vicario Keystone

Martina Hingis has qualified for the semi-finals of the German Open for the third year in a row, after beating Spain's Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in Friday's quarter-finals.

This content was published on May 11, 2001 - 18:07

Switzerland's world number one enjoyed her third straight sets win of the week but Friday's match was far tougher than her previous wins over Tathiana Garbin and Nathalie Déchy.

After losing the opening set 3-6, Sanchez-Vicario came back strongly to take the second set into a tie-break. But Hingis held her nerve to win through 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) and avenge her straight sets defeat to the Spaniard at last month's Amelia Island tournament.

Hingis is now just two wins away from regaining the title which she won in 1999. In Saturday's semi-final she will face either South Africa's Amanda Coetzer or Amelie Mauresmo of France.

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