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Last Updated: Monday, 8 January 2007, 10:44 GMT
Hingis upbeat despite Sydney exit
Martina Hingis
Hingis lost to Dinara Safina in last week's Gold Coast final
Martina Hingis made an early exit from the Sydney International on Monday but insisted it will leave her fresh for an assault on next week's Australian Open.

She lost 6-4 4-6 6-3 in the first round to the in-form Jelena Jankovic, who won in Auckland the previous weekend.

But Swiss star Hingis, a three-time Australian Open winner said: "I always take positives out of a loss."

"Definitely, it was good to play three sets going into Melbourne but I should now be fresh and ready to go there."

I could have lost in straight sets but endurance-wise it was a good match for me

Martina Hingis

Last year, Hingis went out at the same stage in Sydney, losing to world number one Justine Henin-Hardenne.

And she admitted that the match could have finished earlier had she not battled hard against 21-year-old Jankovic, who shot up the rankings in 2006 from 22 to 12.

"It could have been in straight sets," she added. "But I still came back and won the second, so endurance-wise it was good for me."

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