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Hingis Easily Wins at Kremlin Cup

November 1, 2000

MOSCOW (AP) _ Top-ranked Martina Hingis breezed into the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup on Wednesday, crushing Kveta Hrdlickova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-1.

Hingis won the first nine games before Hrdlickova held her serve in the 10th game.

``She has just come from playing very well in the Linz semifinals,″ Hingis said of Hrdlickova. ``So I was under pressure.″

Hingis finished the match in just 40 minutes _ the shortest match at the tournament so far _ with a crowd-pleasing forehand volley.

In the quarterfinals, Hingis will face Sydney Olympic silver medalist Elena Dementieva of Russia, seeded seventh, who struggled past Silvia Farina-Elia of Italy 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a match that lasted 121 minutes.

In first-round action, No. 8 Barbara Schett of Austria beat Elena Likhovtsva of Russia 6-4, 6-1. Both players held their serve until the ninth game of the first set, when Schett broke the Russian at love and then won six consecutive games.

In other matches Wednesday, Russia’s Tatiana Panova, who upset sixth-seeded Julie Halard-Decugis of France in the first round, reached the quarterfinals by eliminating Paola Suarez of Argentina 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

In men’s play, sixth-seeded Max Mirnyi of Belarus routed Kristian Pless of Denmark 7-6 (8), 6-1.

Sweden’s Jonas Bjorkman ousted Tomas Ketola of Finland 6-2, 7-5.

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