Hingis hammers Ivanovic to take third title since return
Martina Hingis is finding that winning the second time around is sweeter than ever.
Second-seeded Hingis won her record fifth Pan Pacific Open title yesterday, beating Serbia's Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-2.
Hingis, currently sixth in the WTA rankings, returned to competitive tennis in 2006 after a three-year injury layoff. Sunday's win was her first Tier I singles title since winning at Rome in May of last year.
"It's twice as sweet to win the second time around," said Hingis. "It used to be so normal back in '97 and '98. This time around I feel like I really deserve it, I feel more proud to win now and it's more special."
Hingis, also the winner here in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002, broke a tie with Lindsay Davenport for the most titles in the event.
Fifth-seeded Ivanovic, 19, advanced to the final on Saturday when top-ranked Maria Sharapova was forced to retire during their semifinal match because of a hamstring injury.
It was only the second meeting between the two players. Ivanovic beat Hingis 6-2, 6-3 in Montreal last year.
Hingis held serve to win the first set, and raced to a 4-0 lead in the second.
She said the fast surface in Tokyo suits her game.
"I think the main thing here is the surface," said Hingis. "It's such a fast surface that it can keep you in the game longer."
After being tied 4-4 in the first set, Hingis made 14 straight points to take control of the set and the match.
Ivanovic double-faulted three times in the first game of the second set and was never able to recover.
"I played really well in the beginning of the match," said Ivanovic. "Then at 4-4 my legs started to feel heavy and I couldn't move. I started to play better near the end of the second set but by then it was too late."
Sunday's win was Hingis' 43rd tour singles title. She said being in shape allows her to compete with the younger players on the tour.
"You have to be strong if you want to survive in today's tennis," said the 26-year-old Hingis. "I knew coming back that I needed to get better physically and I feel I have made a lot of improvement."
Arsenal have no plans to stock Petr Cech inspired caps in their club shops - yet
Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United: Saints yet to receive 'serious offer' but midfielder could complete move by end of this week
Radamel Falcao to Chelsea: Former Manchester United striker 'signs contract' to join Blues and is told to meet up with squad on pre-season tour
Venezuelan TV host gets completely naked while reporting on Copa America win over Colombia
Manchester United transfer news: Javier Hernandez nears exit as Liverpool eye move for striker despite revealing Real Madrid video
- 1 Kim Jong-un shows off airport designed by architect he likely had executed
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L James's Twitter Q&A didn't go exactly as planned
- 5 Facebook rainbow profile pictures likely being tracked by social network
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?