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Saturday, 26 January, 2002, 02:31 GMT
Game-by-game: Capriati v Hingis
(1) J Capriati (US) bt (3) M Hingis (Swi) 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-2
All the action game-by-game from the women's final at the Australian Open as top seed and defending champion Jennifer Capriati beats three-time winner Martina Hingis in three sets.
Hingis looks in big trouble as she double-faults.
Another tired error and Capriati has two match points.
A forehand pass flashes past Hingis as Capriati retains her crown.
Capriati double-faults on the second point but Hingis cannot capitalise and appears to have lost heart. Capriati holds serve to leave Hingis serving to stay in the match.
The treatment does not appear to have helped Hingis as she struggles with her serve.
She foot-faults twice at break point to give Capriati another break.
Hingis goes to 0-30 on Capriati's serve but the number one seed pulls herself back to 30-30.
Hingis ekes out a break point but again Capriate plays the big point well and saves it by coming to the net.
A couple of errors from Hingis sees Capriati take the game and Hingis slump in her chair at the changeover.
Capriati hits straight back with a break of serve as Hingis' serving seems to falter.
There are loose, tired-looking shots from both players but it is Hingis, who looks the more sluggish of the two, who gets a break point.
Her break is sealed when Capriati nets.
Hingis gets to 30-15 but a double fault and a forehand winner from Capriati give the American a break point.
Hingis saves the break point with a running forehand but minutes later splays a forehand wide to give Capriati another chance.
Again Hingis saves, this time with an inside-out forehand winner from just inside the baseline - and she goes on to hold.
Capriati holds her serve convincingly in the first game back after the break.
The players are given a 10-minute break under the tournament's extreme heat rule.
A thunderous forehand return gives Capriati the first mini-break of the tiebreak.
During a long rally at 30-15 down, Hingis throws in a slower ball and forces an error from Capriati.
A double fault from Capriati gives Hingis her second match point but the defending champion saves it with a shot of brute force.
But Hingis will not be denied and carves out another championship point.
Another energy-sapping rally ends with Capriait bravely attacking the net and forcing the error from her opponent.
Capriati advances to game point with some brilliant play, a top-notch approach shot allowing her to step in and drive a volley winner.
She wins the next point to take the second set into a tiebreak.
During the changeover, Hingis lies flat on her back and tries to summon up more strength.
Hingis takes the first point but then falls to 15-30.
She wins the next point but an unforced error gives Capriati a break point.
Hingis saves it bravely with inside-out forehand and then plays a lovely dropshot on her way to holding.
Capriati consolidates her break back by holding her serve.
Capriati takes the first point and Hingis then splays a forehand wide to go down 0-30.
But Hingis battles back and earns herself a match point at 40-30, which Capriati saves with a perfectly placed winner on the sideline.
An error from Hingis gives Capriati the chance to break.
Hingis succumbs to nerves and a double fault hands the game to Capriati.
Hingis' break seems to have steadied her nerves and she eases to 0-30 on Capriati's serve with a crosscourt angled winner.
An unforced error from Capriati gives Hingis three break points.
Capriati battles back to 30-40 but then hits long in one of the longest rallies of the match which means Hingis will be serving for the title.
Hingis decides to take a "bathroom break" as both players are beginning to visibly wilting.
Hingis again looks nervy on her serve and she slams her racquet in frustration as she goes down two break points.
Capriati manages to convert one and finds herself back in the set.
Both players are tense now - a long rally at deuce ends with Hingis playing a bold and perfectly weighted dropshot to earn a break point but she cannot convert it and Capriati manages to hold.
Hingis is in sight of victory and she seizes up - a double fault and three unforced errors hand one break back to Capriati.
The break does not seem to have helped Capriati cool down and she still seems distracted by the incident in the previous game.
Hingis gets a break point and takes full advantage to secure a double break.
Capriati takes a "bathroom break" and Hingis takes the opportunity to use an ice-jacket in an effort to cool down in the sweltering conditions.
Capriati is still seething and Hingis takes full advantage, a forehand down the line sealing a 3-0 lead in the second set.
Capriati goes down 0-15 and then is forced to run down several Hingis shots but the effort pays off and she takes the point.
On the next point, Capriati believes a Hingis shot has gone long and berates the umpire, requesting that the line judge be removed. She is fortunate not to get a code violation after audibly swearing.
But she cannot get her anger under control and is broken.
Hingis begins the second set confidently and wins the first game to love.
Capriati again rushes her points and pays the penalty by slumping to 0-40, giving her Swiss opponent three more set points.
She saves the first but a scrambled backhand lands wide and Hingis claims the first set.
Capriati wins the first point of the game with a blistering forehand down the line.
She takes the next point to crank up the pressure on Hingis but then Capriati lets her opponent back into the match with a couple of unforced errors.
Another misjudgement from Capriati gives Hingis her first set point but the American saves herself with an excellent deep backhand winner.
Hingis then cedes the next two points to allow Capriati to even out the breaks of serve in the match.
Capriati appears to have gained confidence from her break of serve in the previous game and comes up with her first ace of the match so far.
She races to a 40-0 lead but is pegged back to 40-30 as Hingis clips the baseline, a shot Capriati believes is out and she registers her frustration with the umpire.
But buoyed on by a crowd who seem to be on her side, Capriati holds on to take the game.
Capriati manages to strike straight back, sealing her first break of the match with a delightful dropshot.
Capriati cannot find a consistent rhythm and seems to be rushing herself.
Hingis ekes out another break point and then moves Capriati around the court well to secure a double break.
Hingis looks a bit hesitant and slumps to 0-40.
But she comes up with some good first serves to save all three points.
On game point to Hingis, the longest rally of the match so far ends with a Hingis shot being called out but the umpire over-rules and the point has to be replayed.
Hingis wins the next two points to consolidate her lead.
Capriati is struggling with her first serve but manages to hold the game to 15 to get herself on the scoreboard.
Hingis faces her first moment of pressure at 30-30 but comes up with an ace and goes on to take the game.
Capriati's first point on serve leads to a long rally, which Hingis wins with a lovely touch volley.
Capriati splays a forehand wide to give Hingis two break points and then drives a backhand long to give the early advantage to her rival.
In the searing afternoon Melbourne heat, Hingis makes a confident start, holding her first service game to 15.
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