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Tennis: Hingis prepares for Wimbledon

Hingis hopes to put her defeat at the French Open behind her

(Keystone)

Switzerland's Martina Hingis has accepted a wildcard invitation to play at next week's Heineken Trophy at 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.

The 170,000-dollar grass-court event offers less prize money than the rival Eastbourne tournament in England, but may offer Hingis a slightly easier warm-up as she prepares herself for Wimbledon.

Hingis will not have to face the reigning Wimbledon champion, world number two Lindsay Davenport, who plans to play at Eastbourne if she recovers in time from a lower back strain. But Hingis may face another encounter with France's Mary Pierce, who has chosen to play in Holland. Pierce beat Hingis at last week's French Open en route to winning the Grand Slam event.

In the men's game, Roger Federer is the only Swiss player still in action on the ATP tour this week. The Basel player had a day off in the singles tournament at Halle, Germany on Thursday. On Friday he's due to meet America's Michael Chang in the quarterfinals of the million-dollar event.

swissinfo with agencies

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