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Hingis tramples Myskina on way to semis

By ERICA BULMAN
Associated Press Writer
October 12, 2000

 

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- World No. 1 had an easy time in the quarterfinals of the $1 million Swisscom Challenge, taking just 47 minutes Thursday to oust Russian qualifier Anastasia Myskina.

Hingis, still looking for her first title in her native Switzerland, beat the 55th-ranked Myskina 6-0, 6-4.

``I felt in control and I could feel she had a lot of respect,'' said Hingis, fresh off her singles and doubles triumph in Filderstadt, Germany, on Sunday. ``Even in an interview with her I saw this morning I could see it.

``When you see people like that, you feel the match is already half won.''

Hingis simply overwhelmed the nervous Russian in the opening set, sending her chasing wildly after her shots. Myskina, who had toppled home favorite Patty Schnyer in the opening round and eighth-seeded Anastasia Dementieva in the second, appeared bewildered, and compounded her own misery with 12 unforced errors.

However, with the lack of challenge, Hingis began to lose focus in the second set, her play often bordering on sloppy. This time, when she broke to jump ahead 2-1, Myskina immediately broke back.

But the difference in ranking was evident in the final moments, with Hingis taking the Russian's serve again at 4-4 then easily holding to wrap the match.

``In the second set she picked it up a bit and I made a few mistakes,'' said Hingis, who has reached nine singles finals this season, winning six of them. ``I had so many things on my mind, I was looking for friends and not really focusing.''

The Swiss player, who reclaimed the No. 1 spot from on May 22, denied the American any chance of regaining pole position by reaching the semis.

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