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Hingis wins French doubles title

Martina Hingis, right, and Mary Pierce on their way to winning the French Open doubles title. Keystone

Switzerland's Martina Hingis has teamed up with France's Mary Pierce to win the women's doubles title at the French Open in Paris. They beat Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual and Argentina's Paola Suarez 6-2 6-4.

Hingis and Pierce dominated the first set, but fell behind 4-1 in the second before rallying to take the last five games. It was the second French Open doubles crown for Hingis, who last won the title two years ago with Czech Jana Novotna.

It was a consolation prize for Hingis, after Pierce ended her partner’s singles hopes in the semifinals. Pierce went on to win the title.

“Mary is a killer,” Hingis told reporters, “she’s got so much power. I think we’re a great team because she’s got all the power and I’ve got more finesse and the placement”.

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