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FILDERSTADT, GERMANY (TICKER) -- It was a bad day all around for Martina Hingis on Saturday at the $565,000 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, but a great one for Jennifer Capriati.

Hingis, the top seed from Switzerland, suffered a right ankle injury in her semifinal against third seed Lindsay Davenport of the United States and lost her No. 1 ranking to Capriati, who lost in Friday's quarterfinals.

The 21-year-old Hingis stretched for a backhand passing shot in the third game of the match but lost her footing and fell on her back. After dropping that game to go down 2-1, she had her ankle tapped but was forced to stop two points later.

Hingis retired for only the second time in her career, and first since the 1998 Grand Slam Cup semifinals against Patty Schnyder.

"It's a very disappoiting way to finish this match," Hingis said. "I was really looking forward to playing Lindsay again. She wrong-footed me on break point at 1-all and I heard these two loud clicks in my right ankle. Right now it's swollen and in hurts a lot."

Later in the day, Hingis had further examinations done and an MRI in Zurich. She still hopes to participate in the Swisscom Challenge in Zurich next week, where she is the defending champion.

Hingis, the No. 1 player for 209 weeks, needed to defeat Davenport to remain on top for a 74th consecutive week. She also was looking to win her third straigt Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title and fifth overall.

The Swiss star remains winless in her last 13 tournaments -- the longest drought of her career.

Capriati becomes the ninth player to attain the No. 1 position since the inception of the computer rankings in 1975, and the fourth from the United States.

"It feels great," Capriati said. "I haven't really digested it yet. I think I'll have to see it on paper first. Of course, it's every kid's dream to be No. 1. For me I think you can appreciate it more when you are older. When I look back on my career, I am very proud of the two Grand Slams I won this year, and obviously getting to No. 1."

Her rise to the top of the rankings caps a remarkable comeback. The 29-year-old Capriati, who left the tour for two years during the mid-1990s due to highly publicized personal problems, won her first Grand Slam crown in January at Australia and claimed a second major in Paris. She also was a semifinalist at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

"Obviously I have been more committed to the sport in the last few years, and in Australia this year I think everything clicked for me and since then I have been playing really well," added Capriati.

"I am also proud to be able to come back from everything that has happened in my life, and just to enjoy tennis and play this well. I think this shows everybody that's it's never too late to realize your talent, or your dream. If you think positive and believe in yourself, good things are going to come."

Davenport, the 1998 champion, improved to 14-10 lifetime against Hingis and advanced to her eighth final of the year. In Sunday's final, she will take on sixth seed Justine Henin of Belgium, who posted a 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) semifinal victory over Sandrine Testud of France.

The 25-year-old American seeks her fifth victory of the year and 35th of her career. She returned from a three-month absence due to a right knee bruise to win tournaments at Eastbourne and Los Angeles.

Henin has captured three titles this year and reached her first career Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, falling to Venus Williams. The 19-year-old is 0-3 lifetime against Davenport, but has not faced her since the fourth round of the 2000 U.S. Open.

Sunday's winner collects $90,000.
 
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