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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 May 2006, 11:41 GMT 12:41 UK
Hingis masters Dementieva threat
Martina Hingis
Hingis won the German Open title in 1999
Martina Hingis eased past Elena Dementieva 6-3 6-2 to reach the German Open quarter-finals and set up a clash with Amelie Mauresmo.

Unseeded Hingis, who won the clay event in 1999, had a surprisingly easy time of it against the Russian fifth seed.

The 25-year-old Swiss ex-world number one, who returned to the WTA circuit in January, said: "I needed a great deal of self-confidence out there.

"I tried to make her run around so she couldn't get into a rhythm."

Dementieva had won the pair's last three matches in straight sets but only one of those was since Hingis ended her three-year retirement.

One of six Russians through to the last 16 in Berlin, had a great chance to get back into the match with Hingis on 0-40 in the fourth game of the second set.

But she held her nerve, and her serve, for 3-1.

In the quarters Hingis will face world number one Mauresmo of France, who beat Russia's Anna Chakvetadze 6-4 6-2.

Mauresmo beat Hingis 6-2 6-2 in the semi-finals in Doha in March, their only meeting since her comeback.

Second seed Nadia Petrova beat Jie Zheng 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-4 and fourth seed Patty Schnyder saw off Anna Smashnova 6-3 6-3.

Sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova continued her good recent form with a 6-2 6-4 win over Sybille Bammer.

Belgian third seed Justine Henin-Hardenne wasted little time in booking her quarter-final berth, thrashing Russia's Maria Kirilenko, the 15th seed, 6-1 6-0.

China's Li Na reached the last eight with a similarly emphatic 6-0 6-1 victory over Catalina Castano of Colombia in just 51 minutes.

Li looks to have made a good recovery from the heat exhaustion which caused her to retire in the final of the Estoril Open last week.


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