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Hingis routs Venus

To those wondering whether Martina Hingis would regain her game, the teenager provided an emphatic answer with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Venus Williams in the TIG Classic on Sunday.

"That was a great test for me to see where I'm at right now," she said. "I feel like I'm pretty good."

Hingis needed just over an hour to beat the fourth-seeded Williams for her first title since the German Open in May.

"Some people said, "Is she ever going to come back,' " Hingis said. "This is a good opportunity for me to show "Here I am again.' "

Hingis also regained the No. 1 ranking she lost to Lindsay Davenport after Wimbledon, where Hingis was knocked out in the first round. Davenport will drop to No. 2 in the WTA Tour rankings released today. Williams remains fourth behind Steffi Graf.

In June, Hingis lost a three-set final to Graf at the French Open, where her tantrums brought stern criticism. Then came a shocking exit at Wimbledon and a month off.

That's when critics speculated about Hingis' future.

"I just tried to get myself together and really think about what I want," Hingis said. "I figured out I just want to play good tennis."

Williams committed 32 unforced errors.

"I was just too tired," she said.

DU MAURIER OPEN: Thomas Johansson overcame a groin injury to win the title with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 upset of third-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov in Montreal. A tournament spokesman said Johansson, who took two timeouts, strained his right groin. Patrick Rafter and Jonas Bjorkman won the doubles final, downing Byron Black and Wayne Ferreria in straight sets.

GROLSCH OPEN: Sixth-seeded Younes El Aynaoui defeated Mariano Zabaleta 6-0, 6-3 in a shortened final in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The final was cut from best-of-five after long stoppages Saturday.

SANEX TROPHY: Denisa Chladkova led Maria Antonia Sanchez-Lorenzo 7-6 (7-2), 1-0 when rain halted play in Knokke, Belgium. Play resumes this morning.

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