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Hingis cruises to third round in Australian Open

Martina Hingis returns a shot during her match against Greta Arn Keystone

The Swiss number one, Martina Hingis, has pulled off a convincing win against her second round opponent, Greta Arn, in the Australian Open.

This content was published on January 16, 2002 - 09:16

Hingis made light work of her inexperienced challenger, beating the German player 6-1, 6-2, and booking her place in the third round.

Hingis dominated the whole match and refused to be unsettled by Arn's net rushing tactics. Instead the world number three stood her ground and dictated play from the baseline.

Hingis needed just 56 minutes to dismiss her opponent and clock her second straight set victory of the tournament. She will now go onto face Germany's Barbara Rittner in the next round.

Former champion

Hingis, who was reigning Australian Open champion from 1997 to 1999, is playing her first Grand Slam since an injury late last year put pay to the 2001 circuit.

The Swiss star tore ligaments in her right ankle during a game in Filderstadt in October. She had corrective surgery and has been recuperating ever since.

"I had a long break to recover," Hingis told reporters following her win at Melbourne Park. "It did me good because I could kind of recover mentally and physically."

"I'm very happy with the way things have gone," she added.

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