June 9, 2000 |
The finish line was agonizingly close. Mary Pierce was fidgeting, fussing and flexing at the French Open. Doesn't she always? Pierce's quirks are, at times, high theater and, at other times, sheer annoyance to an opponent. But on Thursday, her body was rebelling, pulling a Michael Chang, starting to cramp in the third set of her semifinal match against top-seeded Martina Hingis.
January 31, 1998 |
Give her credit, Martina Hingis doesn't think she is so smart that she can't learn something new about tennis. Now into her second cycle of appearing in Grand Slam tournament finals, the 17-year-old has discovered that defending the three titles she won last year will not be easy. Hingis defeated Conchita Martinez, 6-3, 6-3, in the final of the Australian Open on Saturday. While the 86-minute victory was not difficult, the pock-marked two-week path to the final at Melbourne Park was.
January 29, 1998 |
The story line threatens to become monotonous: Martina Hingis advances to her fifth consecutive Grand Slam tournament final, against an interchangeable array of hapless victims. The sport may tire of the Swiss teenager long before she grows bored with her winning ways. Eighth-seeded Conchita Martinez of Spain slotted herself in as the latest Hingis opponent, as both players won their semifinal matches Thursday at the Australian Open.
July 28, 1997 |
Having struggled in the past against Conchita Martinez, top-ranked Martina Hingis was prepared for their final match Sunday in the Bank of the West Classic at Palo Alto. Martinez wasn't. Hingis overpowered a tired Martinez to win her second consecutive Bank of the West, 6-0, 6-2. Hingis, seeded No. 1, took only 53 minutes to improve her 1997 record to 50-1. Martinez, seeded sixth, had played Saturday night until almost midnight and said she slept only six hours.
July 26, 1997 |
Conchita Martinez, who had never even won a set in 11 previous matches against Monica Seles, defeated her nemesis, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, Friday to reach the semifinals of the Bank of the West tournament at Palo Alto. Martinez, seeded sixth, pumped her right fist as she completed the victory over the second-seeded Seles. "It's been many, many years. I can't explain how happy I am," Martinez said. Martinez advanced to a semifinal match today against third-seeded Amanda Coetzer, who defeated No.
March 10, 1997 |
Taking its cue from the weather, the second round of State Farm Evert Cup heated up on Sunday. While the tournament and its players seemed in a slumber the first two days, all it took was a dose of competition to wake things up. Veteran players were challenged in the time-honored manner at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort. Second-seeded Conchita Martinez was made to work hard in her match against hard-working Petra Begerow before winning, 6-4, 6-2. Two teenagers were heard from Sunday.