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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cool-Headed Pierce Stuns No. 1 Hingis

NEW YORK -- Mary Pierce came up with one of greatest performances of her career and managed to keep her composure during a nerve-racking finish to stun world No. 1 Martina Hingis in the quarter-finals of the Chase Championships.

The seventh seed from France, who had been overwhelmed by Hingis in the Australian Open final, got off to a phenomenal start and held on for a thrilling 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory Thursday over the 17-year-old Swiss sensation that brought a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd.

Pierce will next face compatriot Nathalie Tauziat, who kept the steady stream of upsets coming by wiping out sixth-seeded French Open champion Iva Majoli of Croatia 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-4).

Tauziat, at 30 the senior member of the elite 16-player field that started the Championships, had already disposed of fourth seed Amanda Coetzer in the first round.

The fans at Madison Square Garden gave Hingis a warm reception then settled into Pierce's corner, looking to witness a big upset. They were not to be disappointed.

"I think the crowd was awesome. They really helped me a lot. I think they appreciated the great tennis from both of us. It was a great match," Pierce said.

The tightly wound and emotional Pierce finally got the unflappable Swiss teen to lose her cool late in the third set when she broke Hingis for a 6-5 lead that left Pierce serving for the match.

When Hingis lost that game, she flung her racket across the court toward her seat, receiving a code violation from the chair umpire. But in the next game, Hingis looked the picture of composure while Pierce was a bundle of nerves.

Hingis, runner-up to Steffi Graf last year, saved two match points in the nail-biter of a final game, while Pierce fought off three break points in a game filled with long, exciting rallies.

On her third match point, Pierce chased a ball deep into the corner but managed a terrific lunging backhand. Hingis answered with a backhand down the line that landed just wide and Pierce thrust her fists over her head in victory.

Dutch pair Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis were the first team to secure a semifinals berth when they posted another easy, straight sets win Thursday in the ATP World Doubles Championship.

The No. 2 seeds demolished Indian hopefuls Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes, 6-3, 6-2 in 52 minutes in the second of their three round robin matches.