Hingis routs Sanchez to reach final

Top-ranked Martina Hingis posted her most lopsided win ever against Spain's Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario today, needing just 36 minutes against her old rival to reach the Porsche Grand Prix final in Filderstadt, Germany.

Top-ranked Martina Hingis posted her most lopsided win ever against Spain's Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario today, needing just 36 minutes against her old rival to reach the Porsche Grand Prix final in Filderstadt, Germany.

Hingis will face Belgium 17-year-old Kim Clijsters, who beat world No. 7 Nathalie Tauziat of France, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, to upset her second straight top 10 player at the dlrs 535,000 event.

Clijsters, a wild card entry, also upset world No. 6 Conchita Martinez of Spain and ousted sixth seeded Anna Kournikova of Russia.

"I never expected to get in the final as a wild card," said Clijsters. "I think it will be a lot of fun, but I would love to win it."

Hingis, the defending champion, ended the one-side match against Sanchez-Vicario in just 36 minutes when she hit a deep serve that Sanchez-Vicario barely got a racket on.

It was the Swiss player's 15th straight win against the world's ninth-ranked player.

"It's a lot of fun when you play that well," said Hingis. "She had two tough matches behind her, but I didn't leave her a chance."

Clijsters, who became a crowd favorite with a comeback win against Martinez Friday, fended off six break points from Tauziat at 4-4 in the second set as the spectators cheered wildly.

The hard-hitting teen-ager, whose father is a famous soccer player, either blasted a winner or made an error during the game. But she also risked a drop shot that barely skimmed the net to stave off one of the break chances.

"That was a great drop shot - I surprised myself," said Clijsters. "I need some patience. But I'm young, when I get older I'll be patient too."

Clijsters will be looking for her third title Sunday, while Hingis will be seeking to win the event for the fourth time.

Hingis is playing her first event since taking a month-break after her dramatic three-set loss to Venus Williams in the semifinals of the U.S. Open.

Looking top fit, Hingis lost the second game to Sanchez-Vicario, but afterwards teed off on the Spaniard's returns and even blasted several aces.

Sanchez-Vicario, a three-time French Open winner, is still looking for her first title this year.

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