Injured Hingis loses in semifinals of first tournament back after three-year layoff
Injured Hingis loses in semifinals of first tournament back after three-year layoffJanuary 6, 2006
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) -- Martina Hingis
' perfect record in her comeback tournament ended Friday with a 1-6, 7-6 (2) 6-2 loss to fourth-seeed Flavia Pennetta
of Italy in the semifinals of the Australian women's hardcourt championships.
Hingis had her three-match winning streak in her return from retirement following three years away due to foot, ankle and heal injuries end. Afterward, she announced she would pull out of her scheduled semifinal doubles match later Friday with partner Tatiana Golovin
of Russia due to an undisclosed injury. In the other singles semifinal Friday, Lucie Safarova
of the Czech Republic beat third-seeded Dinara Safina
of Russia 6-4, 6-2 to advance to Saturday's final against Pennetta. Safarova beat top-seeded Patty Schnyder
of Switzerland in the quarterfinals Thursday and sixth-seeded Ai Sugiyama
of Japan in the first round. Hingis is still scheduled to play in next week's Sydney International on a wild card and the Australian Open at Melbourne, a tournament she has won three times.