German Open: Mauresmo ousts resurgent Hingis
The reigning world number one Amelie Mauresmo ended the hopes of Hingis by winning the delayed deciding set of their quarter-final for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.Updated: May 13, 2006 17:30 IST
World number one Amelie Mauresmo ended the hopes of a resurgent Martina Hingis at the German Open on Saturday, winning the delayed deciding set of their quarter-final for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Fading light late on Friday had forced the pair to abandon their gripping contest on the clay at the Steffi Graf stadium with the wily Swiss five-times grand slam winner and the powerful Frenchwoman locked at one set all.
The 25-year-old made the better start on Saturday, breaking the Australian Open champion in the first and third games for a 3-0 lead as Mauresmo had trouble finding her range.
The Swiss looked well placed at 4-2 but Mauresmo, winner here in 2001 and 2004, broke back twice and then sealed victory on her first match point to clinch a berth in the semi-finals.
Mauresmo will face French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne in the second semi-final later on Saturday after number two seeded Russian Nadia Petrova takes on Na Li of China for a place in Sunday's final.
Henin-Hardenne beat Petrova in the 2005 final here for her third Berlin title and has a 23-1 win-loss record at the tournament.
Hingis, who won in Berlin in 1999, returned to the professional tennis circuit earlier this year after injury and burnout forced her out of the game for three years.
She has since climbed the world rankings to 23 with a string of impressive performances, including reaching the final in Tokyo and the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, where she was champion in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
First Published: May 13, 2006 17:30 IST