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Gamewatch: Sugiyama v Hingis
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Wimbledon third round result:

A SUGIYAMA Jpn 18 bt M HINGIS Swi 12

7-5 3-6 6-4

GAME-BY-GAME UPDATES

By Sarah Holt

Third set:

Sugiyama 6-4 Hingis
It looks as though Hingis is about to seal her own fate - she is struggling with her serve and slides to 15-30. But Sugiyama puts her return long to give the former champion hope at 30-30. The Japanese 18th seed is handed a match point as Hingis goes long again and another error from the 25-year-old hands Sugiyama the match. The day of upsets at Wimbledon continues - as Hingis, the 12th seed, joins Svetlana Kuznetsova and men's seeds David Nalbandian and James Blake on the bus home.

"Sugiyama held it together and played a fabulous match."
BBC summariser Annabel Croft.

Sugiyama 5-4 Hingis
Hingis disputes another line call but her lob is a long way out as Sugiyama takes the first point on her service game. "Is this a day for upsets?" asks commentator Chris Bailey, sensing Sugiyama's grip on the match. The 18th seed holds to 30 but the effort is written across her face as she walks back to her chair.

"It's extraordinary how Sugiyama has drawn Hingis into this web that she has weaved out here - she is really dictating everything."
BBC summariser Annabel Croft.

Sugiyama 4-4 Hingis
Hingis stops the rot with a solid service game, finishing off with a lob to hold to love.

Sugiyama 4-3 Hingis
Things are really getting tense out on Centre Court now and every inch counts. There are two close calls at 15-15. Hingis slips on the scuffed grass at the baseline and Sugiyama takes advantage at 30-30. Hingis answers with an open-faced shot at the net to earn a break point. But Sugiyama is tireless as she rushes in to the net to save deuce with a dropped shot and then moves to advantage. For the first time calls of "Come on Martina" echo round the court. They work - Sugiyama is taken back to deuce. Hingis slips again on her left foot and once again Sugiyama takes advantage. The Japanese holds to roaring applause with a sliced forehead. This is building into a dramatic decider.

"The match is being played at Sugiyama's pace at the moment. She has won four games on the trot now which is sending out a very clear message to Hingis."
BBC summariser Annabel Croft.

Sugiyama 3-3 Hingis
Hingis looks a little shaky as she succumbs to the pressure and sends down two double faults. The Swiss goes long at 15-40 and a curling return from Sugiyama sees her break back.

Sugiyama 2-3 Hingis
Sugiyama is breathing heavily as she slides to 0-30. Hingis wastefully sends a return long at 15-30 and then loops the ball into the tramlines at 30-30. The Japanese 18th seed goes long to hand Hingis a break chance at 30-40 but a fierce diagonal forehand sees Sugiyama recover deuce. Two mistakes from Hingis sees Sugiyama hold.

"Things are getting tense out here and the pressure is rising. Sugiyama is not going to go away and will fight for as long as it takes."
BBC summariser Annabel Croft.

Sugiyama 1-3 Hingis
Hingis moves to 30-15 with a fifth ace. The TV cameras finally pick up a Swiss fan in the crowd displaying his national flag. But he does not look pleased as another lapse from Hingis sees Sugiyama comfortably grab one of the breaks back.

Sugiyama 0-3 Hingis
Sugiyama pumps another ball down the line to move to 15-15. Hingis dumps the ball long at 40-30 but she is really making Sugiyama work hard. The 18th seed keeps stopping to bend and stretch her legs. Hingis doesn't need to take a breather - she is relentless and moves to break point with a lob. The 12th seed earns a double break as Sugiyama goes long and things look ominous now for the 30-year-old.

Sugiyama 0-2 Hingis
Sugiyama is not spent yet and she battles to 15-30. Another intense 23-stroke rally ends with a diagonal forehand from Hingis at 30-30 and she moves ahead with her fourth ace. Sugiyama tries a clever, drop-shot over the net but it goes wide and Hingis holds.

Sugiyama 0-1 Hingis
A couple of loose points from Sugiyama take her to 15-30 and Hingis produces a delicate smash to gather two break points. Some brilliant net coverage from the Japanese 18th seed sees Sugiyama move to 30-40. But Sugiyama chides herself as she sends the ball wide and hands Hingis the first break of the final set.

"This could all run away from Sugiyama really quickly. Once Hingis gets her teeth in it's hard to loosen the grip."
BBC commentator Chris Bailey.


Second set:

Sugiyama 3-6 Hingis

Hingis takes a smash right out of the air to move to 30-30 with incredible confidence. She moves to set point thanks to a nervous shot from Sugiyama. Another intense, battling rally sees Sugiyama deny Hingis and move to deuce with a decisive smash at the net. The Swiss moves to her second set point and this time she takes it to level the match.

Sugiyama 3-5 Hingis
The players are working hard for every point now and Hingis moves to 15-30 after a rally lasting 20 strokes. Sugiyama needs less time to move to 30-30 and then 40-30. An ill-timed two-handed shot goes wide from Hingis and Sugiyama holds.

Sugiyama 2-5 Hingis
Hingis moves to 40-0 with ease. Sugiyama deftly drops a backhand down the line to steal a point back but the Swiss holds.

"Sugiyama's form did drop off a bit in the opening of this set but this is a fierce battle with a lot of work still to be done."
BBC summariser Annabel Croft.

Sugiyama 2-4 Hingis
Here's why Hingis has won five Grand Slam titles - she sends Sugiyama left and right along the baseline and delivers the killer blow with a hefty forehand down the line at 30-30. Nonetheless, Sugiyama holds.

Sugiyama 1-4 Hingis
Hingis sends down a serve of 102mph and she has stepped up a gear as she holds in the blink of an eye to move further ahead.

"Hingis has amazed everyone on the Tour because she is so strong mentally. Her court craft and guile make up for her only weakness which is her second serve."
BBC summariser Annabel Croft.

Sugiyama 1-3 Hingis
Things seem to be unravelling for Sugiyama as the 18th seed falls to 0-30 with a double fault. The Japanese world number 21 recovers to 40-30 but that seems to be a result of another lapse in focus from Hingis. Sugiyama holds and more new balls are called for. Hingis also unwraps a new racquet to see if that will help her close out the set.

Sugiyama 0-3 Hingis
Hingis seems like a different player as she effortlessly moves to 40-0. If the former champion can keep this up then Sugiyama will be worried. The difference for Hingis is her first serve, she is much more accurate now and that makes a difference.

Sugiyama 0-2 Hingis
Hingis does seem more collected and there are hearty applause from the crowd, who have been subdued up until now, as she moves to 0-40. There is fire in her belly as she whacks down a smash to secure a vital break.

Sugiyama 0-1 Hingis
Hingis is having to work hard out on Centre Court against the experienced and wily Sugiyama. But the 12th seed does take her time and moves to 40-0 before holding.

"I think Sugiyama is playing a very astute game here."
BBC summariser Annabel Croft.

"Sugiyama is in form and Hingis must tighten up her game otherwise she will be in real trouble."
BBC commentator Chris Bailey


First set:

Sugiyama 7-5 Hingis
Sugiyama coolly moves to 30-0 as Hingis is on the brink of losing her first set of the tournament so far. The Japanese jumps up at the net to smash the ball down for 40-0. Hingis saves one point with a crosscourt return but Sugiyama is unfazed, and an overrule sees the Japanese 18th seed take the first set.

Sugiyama 6-5 Hingis
BBC summariser Annabel Croft jokes that she needs a protractor to measure the acute angle of Sugiyama's stunning return at 0-15. Hingis has momentarily taken her eye off the game and Sugiyama carves out two break points. A double fault from Hingis - her first - hands Sugiyama the break and she will now serve for the set.

"Sugiyama is really damaging Hingis with her backhand up the line."
BBC summariser Annabel Croft.

Sugiyama 5-5 Hingis
Sugiyama holds to love as Hingis cannot seem to get a handle on her returns.

Sugiyama 4-5 Hingis
Sugiyama strikes two solid forehands to move to 15-30 but she goes long to level at 30-30. Hingis is undeterred by the tinkle of a mobile phone from the crowd and a big serve takes her to 40-30. Maybe the distraction has put Hingis off afterall as she is struggling with her serve and is taken to deuce. But the Swiss holds at the second advantage to stretch her advantage.

"Sugiyama is just running Hingis from side-to-side."
BBC summariser Annabel Croft

Sugiyama 4-4 Hingis
Sugiyama's best performance at Wimbledon came two years ago when she reached the last eight. The 30-year-old looks strong but she is being made to rush around court by the predatory Hingis, who peppers the court with her returns. A powerful serves takes Sugiyama to 30-30 and she moves to 40-30 as Hingis dumps her return in to the net. The pesky net trips up the Swiss again and Sugiyama holds as the set goes with serve.

Sugiyama 3-4 Hingis
Hingis looks strong as she sends down a rasping forward to move to 40-0. She surrenders one point as she goes wide but then holds with a neat overhead. And after 17 minutes of play, the new balls are rolled out on Centre Court.

Sugiyama 3-3 Hingis
The tempo of the match has slowed down a little now as the sun shines down on Centre Court. Sugiyama does well to dip the ball over the net with a slice volley at 40-15 and the 18th seed holds.

Sugiyama 2-3 Hingis
Hingis is sloppy in her service game and appears to be hitting the ball much too early as she hands Sugiyama the break right back.

"It has been an incredible rise back into the world game this year for Hingis."
BBC Commentator, Chris Bailey

Sugiyama 1-3 Hingis
Sugiyama rushes in to the net and drops the ball into the tramlines to surrender the first point to Hingis. An excellent lob from the Swiss loops over Sugiyama - who at 5"4 is one of the smallest players on the tour. There is danger here for the Japanese as Hingis has three break points. Sugiyama makes it too easy as she goes wide to give the former champion a crucial advantage.

Sugiyama 1-2 Hingis
Sugiyama nicks a point from Hingis with an angled, low shot across the net to move to 30-15. Hingis hits her forehand long at 30-30 but she moves to within one point of the game with the first ace of the match. The Swiss 12th seed holds as Sugiyama dumps the ball beyond the baseline at the end of a long rally. It is a muted affair on Centre Court so far and Hingis goes off for a bathroom break after just six minutes of play.

Sugiyama 1-1 Hingis
Sugiyama is equally comfortable in her first service game as she takes it to 15. The players are meeting for the eighth time - and there are ominous signs for the Japanese player as Hingis has beaten her six times.

Sugiyama 0-1 Hingis
Hingis easily holds serve to love and gets off to a positive start with warm applause from the Centre Court crowd.

1645 BST: After a short flurry of excitement with Andy Murray completing his victory over Julien Benneteau, the crowd wait for another Wimbledon favourite to stage centre stage.

Martina Hingis, who won the title in 1997, is set to make an emotional return to Centre Court when she takes on Ai Sugiyama for a place in the fourth round.

The 25-year-old Swiss has not dropped a set at this year's tournament so far.

Hingis is seeded 12th this time around while Japan's Sugiyama is number 18.



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