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Hingis Eliminated at Wimbledon

June 25, 2001

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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) _ Top-ranked Martina Hingis was eliminated on Wimbledon’s opening day, losing in straight sets Monday to an opponent ranked 83rd in the world.

Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain stunned Hingis 6-4, 6-2 on an unusually hot London afternoon in which fans, sensing the huge upset, cheered more loudly as the match reached its climax.

When her last forehand went into the net in the final game, Hingis was an opening-round loser as the tournament’s top-seeded player for the second time in three years.

Hingis, clad in a long-sleeved outfit with a white cap to shield her from the sun, made it to last year’s quarterfinals before losing to Venus Williams, the eventual champion.

But the form that she showed in reaching the semifinals in her last three tournaments was rarely in evidence. As her match progressed, her little-known opponent seemed to gain energy.


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