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Hingis wins first Zurich Open match

Oct. 16, 2006 at 4:52 PM

ZURICH, Switzerland, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Local-favorite and fifth-seeded Martina Hingis posted a first-round victory Monday in the Zurich Open in Switzerland.

Hingis, originally from Slovakia but who lives in Switzerland, rolled past Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-0, 7-5 in a match that took 75 minutes.

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In the other match on the first day of the Zurich Open, Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik was a 6-3, 7-5 winner over France's Mary Pierce.

Srebotnik advances to a second-round match with fourth seeded Elena Dementieva, who along with other top seeds Amelie Mauresmo, Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova, had a first-round bye.

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