Hingis wins Qatar tennis open

Hingis leaves Qatar with $170,000 in her pocket Keystone

Switzerland's world number one tennis player, Martina Hingis, has won the WTA Doha tournament in Qatar. She only needed 50 minutes to beat Sandrine Testud of France, 6-3, 6-2.

This content was published on February 19, 2001 - 07:35

The French number 18 seed put up a good fight in the first three games of the first set but was shaken when the Swiss player broke her serve.

From the start of the second set, Testud looked exhausted. Hingis, however, showed no mercy beating Testud with clever tactics and her strong serve.

At a press conference after the match, Testud said she was happy to have made the final. She said she started well but that it was really hard to beat Hingis.

Hingis said that the match had not been one-sided and she had to work hard to beat her.

The Qatar final was the 13th victory for Hingis against Testud in as many matches.

Hingis' victory comes after the winning streak of another Swiss star, Roger Federer ended on Saturday in the Marseille semi-finals. The second-seeded Russian, Andrei Kafelnikov, beat the young Swiss talent 6-7,6-4,6-4.

Kafelnikov then went on to win the final by beating France's Sebastien Grosjean 7-6, 6-2.

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