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Hingis Advances to Qatar Semis

February 16, 2001

DOHA, Qatar (AP) _ Top-seeded Martina Hingis breezed into the semifinals of the Qatar Open with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Joannette Kruger of South Africa on Friday.

Hingis, ranked No. 1 in the world, needed only 51 minutes for the victory.

Earlier Friday, Adriana Gersi of the Czech Republic advanced to the semis with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win over Kristie Boogert of the Netherlands.

Injury forced Henrietta Nagyova of Slovakia to withdraw. She played only one set against Sandrine Testud of France before pain from a thumb injury forced her to quit.

Testud, who won the set 6-3, will play Gersi in Saturday’s first semi. Hingis goes against Barbara Schett of Austria.

Schett defeated qualifier Lina Krasnoroutskaya of Russia 6-3, 6-4.

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