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Last Updated: Monday, 25 June 2007, 15:36 GMT 16:36 UK
Hingis wins after Cavaday fright
Martina Hingis
Hingis drew on all her experience to survive a real scare on Court Two
Former champion Martina Hingis survived a real scare against British teenager Naomi Cavaday to edge into the second round at Wimbledon in three sets.

Cavaday, 221 places behind Hingis in the world rankings at 232, fought off three set points in a topsy-turvy first set before winning the tie-break 7-1.

And the 18-year-old fought back from a break down in the second to force two match points, only to slip up 7-5.

Hingis never looked back, taking the third to seal a 6-7 (1-7) 7-5 6-0 win.

It was a display of real grit and determination from the British left-hander, but ultimately was not enough against an out-of-sorts Hingis on the "Graveyard of Champions" Court Two.

Having recently spent five weeks on the sidelines with a back injury, Hingis struggled with her rhythm early in the match and Cavaday's aggression helped the Brit to a 3-0 lead.


Hingis fought back to level at 4-4, but Cavaday survived three set points to break back at 6-5 and force a tie-break that she cruised through comfortably.

The 18-year-old again drew on all her reserves in battling back from a break down in the second, and twice had match point on the Hingis serve to snatch an unlikely win, but could not take either as the ninth seed won three games on the trot to level things up.

And with Hingis increasingly pulling Cavaday around the court and exploiting the youngster's lack of mobility with a string of drop shots, the Swiss stormed through the last set to seal victory in an hour and 52 minutes.

Naomi Cavaday
Cavaday was making her second appearance in the women's singles

A brave performance was small consolation for a disappointed Cavaday, though, who said: "There are loads of positives that I can take but I'm really gutted I didn't take (the match).

"I knew that before the match I'd have to raise my game more than I ever had before and I did that.

"I gave absolutely everything into staying into that second set. But winning a match or losing a match - I don't think it makes or breaks a player."

Hingis has lost three times in the first round at Wimbledon and admitted her relief to avoid another shock early exit. "You couldn't get any closer than being two match points down," she said.

"I felt 'no, this is not going to happen to me, not here again at Wimbledon'. I have never lost on Court Two. I know it's a graveyard of champions but it's never been to me."



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