Monday, January 23, 2006

The Smiling Assassin Is Back

Pit and Seattle are in the Super Bowl and Kobe dropped 81, so somewhat lost in the shuffle is the fact that Martina Hingis has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian open, beating Samantha Stosur 6-1, 7-6(10-8)this morning. At 25, Hingis is practically middle aged in the world of women's tennis. After retiring due to injury (and the dominance of the Williams sisters) in 2003, I never expected to again see Hingis as a prominent figure in tennis. She did benefit from a fairly soft draw, but both Venus and Serena Williams were eliminated by soft opponents early, so I won't hold that against Martina.

Hingis' next opponent is #2 seeded Kim Clijsters. So the run may end soon, but it was still a phenomenal tournament for the Swiss Miss. Unfortunately, the tournament is an afterthought on ESPN2, but I guess it's too much to ask that we preempt the spoutings of Jay Marriotti and Woody Paige for a day.


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