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Hingis crashes out of Scottsdale

Hingis said she did not feel intimidated by Williams' powerful play Keystone

Switzerland's Martina Hingis has been knocked out of the WTA tennis tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona, falling victim to America's Serena Williams.

Third-seed Williams overpowered Hingis in the opening set of the semi-final, taking it 6-1. However, Hingis, who was seeded second for the tournament, managed to kickstart her baseline game and levelled the match by winning the second set 3-6.

The third set began badly for Hingis, with Williams breaking her serve in the first game. It turned out to be only break of the set and Hingis went on to lose 6-4.

“I had my chances,” Hingis said. “I just missed my opportunities. I didn’t really pressure her in the first set.”

The Swiss star said she was felt comfortable returning Williams’ powerful strokes. “I didn’t mind her power. It wasn’t really overwhelming. That definitely I was happy about.”

The Scottsdale match was the first encounter between the players since Williams beat Hingis in last year’s US Open semi-finals. Prior to that, Hingis had beaten Williams three consecutive times.

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