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Hingis in cruise control at Indian Wells

Hingis returns a shot during Wednesday's match against Coetzer Keystone

The Swiss tennis star, Martina Hingis, has made it through to the semi-finals of the Indian Wells tournament in California.

Hingis eased through to the final four after notching up a two-set victory over her quarter-final opponent Amanda Coetzer.

The current world number four needed only an hour to demolish the South African player 6-1, 6-2, and book her place in the semi-finals against former champion Monica Seles.

Thursday’s other semi-final tie will see Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova take on the unseeded Swiss, Emmanuelle Gagliardi.

Federer triumphs

Meanwhile in the men’s tournament at Indian Wells, Swiss tennis star Roger Federer was also celebrating as he notched up a second-round victory.

Federer beat Austria’s Stefan Koubek in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, to proceed through to the third round.

But there was disappointment for Federer’s Swiss compatriot, Michel Kratochvil, who was knocked out of the same tournament after suffering defeat at the hands of Chilean rival Marcelo Rios.

Kratochvil, who had been expected to perform well after sensationally knocking out American Andre Agassi in the first round, went down to Rios in two sets, 6-4, 6-2.

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