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Hingis back at No. 1, replacing Davenport

Lindsay Davenport did not look like the world's No. 1 player. And now she isn't.

Spraying errors all over the court and consistently missing her first serve, Davenport lost to fourth-seeded Venus Williams 6-4, 7-5 Saturday in the TIG Classic semifinals.

"I just felt a little flat and a little sluggish," said Davenport, who served 12 aces in a 7-5, 7-5 quarterfinal victory over Anke Huber on Friday night.

The loss cost Davenport the world's top ranking.

"I kind of knew I'd lose it this summer because I have so many points to defend," said Davenport, who won three consecutive California tournaments and the U.S. Open last summer. "I'll just try to get it back during the Open."

No. 2 seed Martina Hingis defeated seventh-seeded Amanda Coetzer 6-1, 6-2 in 51 minutes to reach today's final and regain the No. 1 ranking she lost July 4.

"I'm quite confident playing Amanda. She doesn't kill me right away as some other players do," Hingis said. "You always have a chance to get back into the point."

Hingis holds a 6-3 career edge over Williams, who prevailed in three sets on clay in the Italian Open in May.

"It's a pretty big test. I can really see how I am doing," Hingis said. "I have to take my chances. If I don't, I'm out of there."

It was Williams' second victory in 10 meetings and first since 1998 against Davenport. The 19-year-old lost to Davenport in straight sets last week in the Stanford final.

"I learned a lot from the match last week," Williams said. "All the matches I've played before with her, she did overpower me and that was mainly because I was unable to generate good power on my forehand."