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Thursday, 10 May, 2001, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Mum's the word for Hingis
Martina Hingis in actiuon in Berlin
Hingis keeps mum about her coach
Martina Hingis defeated Natalie Dechy in straight sets on Thursday to grab her place in the quarter-finals of the German Open.

Hingis brushed her unseeded opponent aside for the fourth time in as many meetings with a 6-3 6-1 victory in Berlin.

The top seed looks to be adjusting well to life on court, having dropped her mother, Melanie Molitor, as her coach for the second time.

Hingis clearly hopes that she can improve on court by putting some distance between herself and her mother.

Natalie Dechy  in action earlier this year
Dechy suffered her fourth defeat to Hingis
"It's different now. She's not the coach - she's my mum," Hingis said.

The 20-year-old number one has shown mixed form by her own high standards this year, despite collecting titles at Sydney, Doha and Dubai.

She suffered painful defeats against Jennifer Capriati in the final of the Australian Open and again at Charleston while she has made the trophy match at just one of her last four events.

Regardless of her decision, Hingis insists she and her mother are still close.

"She understands my game the best - she's the best coach out there and she told me a few things I should pay attention to," Hingis said. "She tells me what I still have to work on."

The first professional split between the two happened when Hingis threw a tantrum in losing the final of Roland Garros to Steffi Graf and then lost to 129th-ranked Jelena Dokic at Wimbledon.

Schnitzer on a roll

Berlin debutante Dechy started Thursday's match aggressively by breaking in the first game and then managing to hold on in the second.

The 22-year-old broke Hingis' serve again to move 3-2 in front, but Hingis had plenty in reserve.

The Swiss Miss moved swiftly out to 5-3 before surviving a break point and clinching the set when Dechy drove long.

Hingis streaked 4-1 clear in the second set and completed the one-sided clash by breaking her by now demoralised French opponent.

Elsewhere, German wildcard Miriam Schnitzer beat Czech qualifier Denisa Chladkova 7-5 6-3.

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