Martina Hingis reclaimed the number one position from Lindsay Davenport after dismantling Anke Huber Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Betty Barclay Cup.
Hingis, seeking her third title this year, defeated 14th ranked Huber (6-3, 6-2) in only one hour and advanced into the semifinals of the $535,000 tournament.
She will face the winner of the second semifinal match between Amanda Coetzer and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.
Hingis showing no signs of a month-layoff kept Huber off balance with perfect drop shots that hugged the line.
Germany's Huber is expected to move to 11th position by next week, but not without hard earned effort by the 25-year-old, who complained of being tired after a heavy schedule including the Federation Cup.
"I can feel all those matches in my bones," The Associated Press quoted.
Hingis played her first clay tournament almost flawlessly but announced that playing in Sunday's final was more important than being ranked number one although admitting that Lindsay didn't stay number one for long, "... I had a very good hard court season. It's nice you don't get to be No. 1 for nothing."
Hingis, only nineteen will spend her 137th week in the No. 1 position, which she first caught a glimpse of in 1997 as a sixteen-year old - (Agencies).
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