Joining the Australian and Wimbledon champion in the winners' enclosure were the third seed, Amanda Coetzer of South Africa, and the fourth-seeded American, Lindsay Davenport.
Fifth seed, Mary Pierce of France, was beaten by a wild card entry Anne Kremer of Luxembourg, a Stanford University student who won 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on her own college court.
Hingis, who has lost only one match this year - the French Open final - played so fluently that between points she watched part of Coetzer's 6-2, 6-0 victory over American Meilen Tu on the adjoining court. "Why not?" Hingis asked. "I was pretty well in control and they were having some good rallies."
The 22-year-old Maleeva was overwhelmed by the 16-year-old's improved serve and bullet returns. Maleeva tried to hit Hingis off court and found herself on the receiving end of a lesson in how to counter-punch.
Hingis said her nearly error-free display was a result of the confidence gained from winning Wimbledon. "After winning Wimbledon, I don't have to be afraid of anything," Hingis said.Reuse content