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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Martina Hingis will have to beat second-ranked Venus Williams, the reigning Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, her sister Serena and then top seed Jennifer Capriati, the defending champion, to clinch another Grand Slam title.

Hingis, who won three consecutive Australian Opens from 1997-99 and figured in the 2000 and 2001 finals, beat both Williams sisters last year before losing to Capriati in the final. It was Capriati's first Grand Slam title.

Hingis has not won a major since her last win in Australia in 1999.

Australian and French Open champion Capriati is in the easier side of the women's draw and will open against Silvija Talaja of Croatia, with a possible quarterfinal against seventh-seeded Amelie Mauresmo of France.

Capriati could end up playing Belgium's Kim Clijsters or Justine Henin, the fourth- and sixth-seeded players respectively, in the semifinals.

Hingis, the No. 3 seed, starts off against France's Virginie Razzano, but has a possible quarterfinal match against Serena Williams and a semifinal against Venus Williams.

Venus Williams starts against a qualifier and should have few problems advancing until a possible quarterfinal meeting with former world No. 1 Monica Seles. Serena Williams, the fifth-seeded player, opens against Spaniard Conchita Martinez.
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