Mauresmo Beats Hingis, Advances to Final
Mar. 03, 2006
DOHA, Qatar (AP) _ Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo of France defeated Martina Hingis 6-2, 6-2 Friday and will play second-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia in the final of the Qatar Open.
Petrova topped Ai Sugiyama of Japan 6-1, 7-6 (2) in the earlier semifinal.
``In the final tomorrow, my serve is likely to play a big role,'' Mauresmo said. ``It will be a tough match.''
Mauresmo, who has won three titles this season, beat the Swiss former No. 1 and 2001 inaugural Qatar champion for the fifth time in six meetings.
The Australian Open champion broke Hingis twice in the first set and four times in the second.
``She is a solid player, the one to beat in tomorrow's final,'' Hingis said. ``I lost to a great player today. She is playing her best tennis. However, I wouldn't say that I am playing bad tennis. I am improving with every outing. I know there are certain areas in which I can improve.''
Mauresmo is pleased with her consistency on the court.
``I think all aspects of my game are OK at the moment,'' Mauresmo said. ``I am being consistent with my play. Being consistent is a very important part of my game.''
Petrova, a quarterfinalist at the Australian Open, broke Sugiyama's serve in the second and fourth games of the first set. In the second, Sugiyama fought back from 4-0 down and won five consecutive games to force a tiebreaker.
Petrova then played a baseline game with deep forehands and crosscourt shots to win the match.
``I was in no doubt about the result, I gave everything I had,'' Petrova said. ``I stuttered a little in the second set, when Sugiyama won a few games, but I played my natural game in the tiebreaker.''