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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Graf's Withdrawal Gives Hingis Easy Win in Pan Pacific

TOKYO -- Swiss teen-sensation Martina Hingis took the singles title of the Toray Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament as the other finalist, Steffi Graf of Germany, withdrew due to a knee injury.


"I'm very sorry that I couldn't play today," Graf told a capacity crowd of 8,800 during the awards ceremony at Tokyo's Metropolitan Gymnasium. "I'm disappointed in myself."


The spectators, who had booed at the initial announcement of Graf's withdrawal, warmly responded to her remarks with loud applause.


Organizers said Graf, top-ranked in the world and the tournament's top seed, withdrew "due to a severely aggravated patella tendon of the left knee, at the bottom front of the kneecap."


"It will take a couple of weeks, or longer" for Graf's injury to heal, said Australian trainer Kathy Martin.


In Germany, the news magazine Focus reported Sunday that prosecutors are investigating whether the former tax adviser to Graf embezzled millions of Deutsche marks from her earnings.


Joachim Eckardt, a former family tax adviser, was last month convicted alongside Steffi's father, Peter Graf, and received a 2 1/2-year jail sentence for complicity in tax evasion.


?In Zagreb, Croatia's defending champion Goran Ivanisevic beat Briton Greg Rusedski 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (10-8) in a tough final of the Croatian Indoor men's tournament final Sunday.


The top seed and world No. 2 Ivanisevic served a total of 23 aces and, more crucially, kept his nerve better in the tie-breaks as he secured his 18th career title. (Reuters, AP)