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  Friday, 31 August, 2001, 23:15 GMT 00:15 UK
Hingis flirts with defeat
Martina Hingis keeps her eye on the ball at Flushing Meadows
Hingis lost to Majoli in the 1997 French Open final
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On a day when many of the fancied names barely broke into a sweat in winning their third round matches, Martina Hingis needed to call on all her reserves of energy and experience.

The world number one, who is seeded one at Flushing Meadows, outlasted Iva Majoli in a three set duel that went to a deciding tie-break.

"I was very happy to win the last point and I sweated it out," Hingis said after her 4-6 6-4 7-6 victory.

Majoli set out her stall in winning four of the first five games of the match and repeatedly troubled Hingis with her fierce backhand.

Iva Majoli
Majoli troubled Hingis with her power throughout
Hingis gradually grew into the match and after losing the first set she took the second to level at one apiece.

However she was still unable to dictate proceedings even after taking the first three games in the deciding set.

Despite the setback, and having her right thigh heavily strapped after sustaining an injury, Majoli refused to give in.

She broke back once in the fourth game of the decider and again, dramatically, when Hingis was serving for the match.

Having fought her way back into the match Majoli then dropped her own serve to hand Hingis another opportunity to serve for victory.

The 20-year-old's failure to put away her opponent for the second time of asking led to a tie-break decider at the only Grand Slam event to use the "shoot-out" in the final set.

Serena Williams in action in the third round of the US Open
Williams was dominant in her third round match
Majoli held the advantage throughout at 3-2, 4-2 and 5-4, but after the effort of the previous two hours and 25 minutes the Croat wilted when it mattered most.

Three unforced errors proved enough to give a delighted Hingis victory.

Hingis will now face Jelena Dokic who halted the progress of another former champion, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.

"To beat Arantxa in two sets is great for me. I didn't play well at all times but I played the important points well and I took my chances," the Yugoslav said after her 6-4 7-5 win.

Lindsay Davenport made it through to the last 16 with a 6-3 6-2 triumph over 27th seed Angeles Montolio of Spain.

The American number three seed was never in any danger but looked well below her best and left the court looking distinctly underwhelmed by her own performance.

Davenport faces Russia's Elena Likhovtseva, the 21st seed, in the fourth round.

Monica Seles
Seventh seed Seles has recovered from her broken foot
The Russian beat Austria's Barbara Schwartz 6-7 7-5 6-4.

Two of the favourites for the fourth Grand Slam of the season raced to victory on the fifth day of the championships.

Sixth seed Justine Henin of Belgium marched into the fourth round with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Miroslava Vavrinec in only 84 minutes.

And the 1999 champion, Serena Williams, was even more dominant, dropping only one game in a 6-0 6-1 victory over Martina Sucha of Slovakia.

Henin and Williams will now meet in one of most anticipated matches of the fourth round.

A fourth former champion in action, Monica Seles, also made steady progress en route to the last 32.

The American, who won back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992, required only 57 minutes to see off the threat of Eleni Danilidou, an 18-year-old Greek qualifier, 6-2 6-3.

Seles will play Deja Bedanova for a quarter-final berth.

The Czech upset the form book with a comfortable straight sets 6-4 6-1 win over the 12th seed, America's Meghann Shaughnessy.

Third round:

Lindsay Davenport (US, 3) beat Angeles Montolio (Spa, 27) 6-3 6-2
Justine Henin (Bel, 6) beat Miroslava Vavrinec (Swi) 6-3 6-2
Elena Likhovtseva (Rus, 21) beat Barbara Schwartz (Aut) 6-7 (6-8) 7-5 6-4
Serena Williams (US, 10) beat Martina Sucha (Slo) 6-1 6-0
Martina Hingis (Swi, 1) beat Iva Majoli (Cro) 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-5)
Monica Seles (USA, 7) beat Eleni Daniilidou (Gre) 6-2 6-3
Jelena Dokic (Yug, 14) beat Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (Spa, 20) 6-4 7-5
Daja Bedanova (Cze) beat Meghann Shaughnessy (USA, 12) 6-4 6-1

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