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Hingis advances to round out quarters at Roland Garros

Jun 6, 2006, 2:01 GMT

Hingis advances to round out quarters at Roland Garros

Martina Hingis of Switzerland celebrates her victory over Shahar Peer of Israel in their continued fourth round match for the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, Monday 05 June 2006. Hingis won the match in three sets. EPA/Christophe Karaba

Paris, France - Swiss Martina Hingis posted a fourth-round win over Shahar Peer of Israel on Monday to reach the quarterfinals at the 2006 French Open.

Hingis and Peer split two sets on Sunday before their match was suspended due to darkness. The two returned to the court Monday, with the 12th-seeded Hingis finally besting the 31st-seeded Peer, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

The 19-year-old Peer was trying to become the first Israeli, male or female, to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam. She was fresh off her title in Istanbul, has corralled three championships already this season and was riding an eight-match winning streak before her tussle with Hingis.

Hingis' victory also brought a close to the fourth round, with the quarters set to be staged on Tuesday.

A two-time runner-up here, the French Open is the only Grand Slam Hingis has yet to capture in her singles career. She made a return to the tour this season after a three-year layoff due to foot and ankle injuries.

Hingis captured the first title of her comeback last month in Rome.

The 'Swiss Miss' will next meet second-seeded and fellow former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters, who beat Hingis in the Australian Open quarterfinals back in January.

'I've made a lot of improvement since Australia,' Hingis said. 'I was happy to win the first round there. Now I would have been disappointed had I not reached the quarters.'

The 25-year-old Hingis is a five-time Grand Slam champion, while the Belgian Clijsters is the reigning U.S. Open titlist and was the French Open runner-up in 2001 and 2003.

'It's always nice to play somebody like her,' Clijsters said. 'I played her a few years ago. I played her as well when I was coming up. I always admired her for her game.'

The other quarterfinals will pit fifth-seeded and defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne against 13th-seeded German Anna-Lena Groenefeld, eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova versus her 14th-seeded fellow Russian Dinara Safina and 11th-seeded and reigning Wimbledon champion Venus Williams of the United States against 16th-seeded Czech Nicole Vaidisova, who stunned top- seeded/world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo here on Sunday.

Henin-Hardenne is a four-time Grand Slam titlist, including a pair of French Open titles. She beat France's Mary Pierce in last year's finale in Paris and topped Clijsters in the '03 all-Belgian final. Henin-Hardenne was this year's Aussie Open runner-up to Mauresmo.

Four of the eight women still standing here are former world No. 1s (Clijsters, Hingis, Henin-Hardenne and Williams).

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