Hingis Seizes Title in Betty Barclay Cup

Published May 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Switzerland's Martina Hingis who reclaimed the world No. 1 title seized the Betty Barclay Cup after shattering Spain's Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario in straight sets, Sunday making it her third title of the year. 

Nineteen-year-old Hingis who had won the same tournament five years ago at the age of fourteen, ruined twenty-eight year old Sanchez-Vicario (6-3, 6-3). 

The Swiss gained the No.1 ranking for the first time on March 31, 1997 at sixteen years of age and this will be her 137th week in the top spot when the new rankings are released Monday. 

Hingis, playing her first clay-court tournament of the season, has a 14-1 record against Sanchez-Vicario. 

Having won 29 career titles she comments on her gain saying, "I am happy about the No. 1, but the victory in the final is more important to me," quoted the Associated Press. 

The champion hardly made any errors during the match, forcing her opponent into long rallies that usually ended with the Spaniard making a mistake. 

The champion earned $87,000 for the title. 

The Spaniard, not convinced, says she'll be back next year, "I am not finished here yet" - (Several Sources).  




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