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Hingis triumphs in Tokyo

Hingis (left) stands on the podium with Seles Keystone

Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis has bounced back from her Australian Open disappointment to win the $1.22 million WTA tournament in Tokyo.

After facing few difficulties en route to Sunday’s final, Hingis had to work hard against opponent Monica Seles before eventually overcoming the American world number three in three sets (7-6, 4-6, 6-3).

Demonstrating her fighting spirit in the opening set tie-break, Hingis came back from 5-1 down to win it 8-6.

“It’s a super feeling to win and it was also a great match,” Hingis beamed afterwards. “Monica is always a tough player and you have to be at your best to beat her.”

Hingis should know – she has now beaten Seles 14 times, losing to the American on just four occasions.

The win continues an impressive start to the new season by Hingis. Having won the opening tournament in Sydney and reached the final of the Australian Open (losing to Jennifer Capriati), Sunday’s match was the Swiss player’s third final and second title victory in three events this year.

Hingis can also boast an impressive record in Tokyo where she has made it to the final for the past six years, winning the event four times.

Her latest Tokyo triumph was also something of a milestone, marking the 21-year-old’s 40th title on the WTA Tour.

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