Sanchez-Vicario Destroys Williams, Hingis Advances

Published June 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Three-time champion Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario of Spain beat fourth-seeded American Venus Williams 6-0, 1-6, 6-2, Tuesday to advance to the semifinals. 

Eighth-seeded Sanchez-Vicario scored her third three-set win of the tournament. 

"I played very well in the first set and didn't make any mistake," said the 28-year-old Spaniard. "Then, in the second, Venus started to play really well and made it difficult for me. I started attacking again and moved up a gear in the third." 

Switzerland's Martina Hingis eased into this year's semifinals, closing in on the only Grand Slam title she has never won, but this year she is trying to keep things in perspective. 

The 19-year-old top seed breezed by unseeded American Chanda Rubin 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals and then quickly corrected a journalist who asked her how badly she needed to win at Roland Garros. 

"It would be nice to win it - but I don't need it," she said. "I need oxygen to survive - but not the French Open" -- (AFP) 


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