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  Tuesday, 4 September, 2001, 19:48 GMT 20:48 UK
Hingis breezes into semis
Hingis blitzed her way into the semi-finals
Hingis blitzed her way into the semi-finals
M Hingis [1] (Swi) bt D Bedanova (Cze) 6-2 6-0

World number one Martina Hingis is the first woman through to the semi-finals of the US Open after overpowering Czech teenage sensation Daja Bedanova.

Hingis breezed through the match taking just 42 minutes to win in straight sets 6-2 6-0.

In the previous round the unseeded Bedanova had knocked out twice former champion Monica Seles.

Hingis won the opening 11 points, though Bedanova briefly rallied, breaking the Swiss player's serve to draw level at 2-2.


It's not that I couldn't hit a big serve
Martina Hingis

From then it was one-way traffic as Bedanova was overwhelmed not only by Hingis, but also by the occasion of appearing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

Bedanova had reached this stage on the back of her powerful serve, dropping just two service games in her first four matches.

But that weapon went missing against Hingis and with only 42% accuracy, Bedanova was able to win just one service game.

The Czech player also made 22 unforced errors.

Physique

If Hingis wins the US Open it will be her first Grand Slam title in three years.

In the semi-finals she will face either 1999 champion Serena Williams or 1998 US Open winner Lindsay Davenport.

Martina Hingis
Hingis defended the velocity of her service

Hingis, asked how she would cope with a big-hitter like the Williams sisters, said she was fed-up answering questions about her physique.

"I'm tired of people telling me, 'You should do this' or 'You should do that'.

"Sometimes you have to pump yourself up for doing it.

"It's not that I couldn't hit a big serve, though definitely not like Venus or Serena.

"It's a confidence thing and if everything else in my game is all together, I can serve better."

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