Dubai Open: Hingis reaches quarterfinals
Swiss Miss has risen to 50th in the world rankings. She will now play either Sharapova or Vera Dushevina.india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 19:53 IST
Martina Hingis continued her comeback when she defeated sixth-seeded Anastasia Myskina 6-4, 6-3 to move into the quarterfinals of the Dubai Women's Open on Wednesday.
In other second-round matches, top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo beat Slovakian qualifier Henrieta Nagyova 6-3, 6-1, and second-seeded Lindsay Davenport topped Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 6-0, 6-0 in 58 minutes.
Hingis, who ended a three-year retirement last month and has risen to 50th in the world rankings in just four tournaments, beat Myskina with deft touches and an ability to win important points. The five-time Grand Slam champion led 4-1 in the first set, before Myskina fought back to trail 5-4.
In the second set, Hingis made the decisive break in the fourth game to go 3-1 up and held her serve thereafter.
"I think winning the first game showed her that I am here and I am prepared, and that she has to earn her points," Hingis said. "It was really important to have won that first game. "It is not a comeback anymore. I am here now and this is my fifth tournament. I have shown that I can still play. I don't look at it as a comeback anymore it is more like the second part of my career now."
Hingis will now play either third-seeded Maria Sharapova or Vera Dushevina.
Davenport showed no sign of the ankle injury that forced her to pull out of the Pan Pacific Open in her 10th straight win over Likhovtseva and the 700th singles victory of her career. "I wanted to get off to a good start. I just wanted to win," Davenport said. "I played well and my body held up. So I am thrilled. To win here, I need to play four days in a row. "I am not getting any younger and I have to be fresh for my next match."
Mauresmo, on a streak this year with three consecutive titles at the Australian Open, Paris and Antwerp, won the last four games against Nagyova in less than 10 minutes.
"I took a little time to adjust out there after two weeks of playing indoors. But it felt good," Mauresmo said. "Ever since winning the Australian Open, I have no pressure and that has added to my confidence.
"I am not even thinking of a fourth straight title or the world No. 1 ranking."
In other matches Wednesday, fifth-seeded Francesca Schiavone beat Tunisia's Selima Sfar 6-2, 6-3, 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova upset eighth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. Maria Kirilenko of Russia also advanced by beating the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova 6-4, 6-3.
First Published: Feb 23, 2006 19:40 IST