Italian Open: Hingis beats Venus

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Martina Hingis rallied to beat Venus Williams 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday and reach the Italian Open final.

Italian Open: Hingis beats Venus
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Martina Hingis rallied to beat Venus Williams 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday and reach the Italian Open final. Hingis is seeking her first title since returning in January from a near three-year layoff due to foot and ankle injuries. It was Hingis' first win over Williams since the 2001 Australian Open semifinals. She improved to 11-10 against the American. Hingis beat Williams in the 1998 final here, and Williams won in the semifinals en route to the 1999 Rome title. "It's amazing. I played her in the semifinals (seven) years ago," Hingis said. "It's a great moment for me, I'm happy to be in another final." Hingis will now play Dinara Safina, who beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. The Italian Open is a clay-court tuneup for the French Open, which starts May 28. Williams beat Hingis in Warsaw two weeks ago and looked like she was on her way to another victory with a first-set shutout that lasted just 22 minutes. "In the first set, I felt like I was going to cry. I was just missing every shot," Hingis said. After Hingis held serve to even the second set at 1-1 and finally win a game, the crowd applauded sarcastically. Hingis broke serve next game when Williams hit a forehand long, and broke twice more to take the set. Both players held serve until Hingis broke to lead 5-3 in the third, and then served out the match with ease as Williams made several errors. (AP)

Topics : Tennis Martina Hingis Venus Williams
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