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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hingis Wins No. 1 Spot, Lipton Final

COMBINED REPORTS


KEY BISCAYNE, Florida -- In 44 sweet minutes Martina Hingis of Switzerland, 16, crushed Monica Seles 6-2, 6-1 in the Lipton Championships final.


The final Sunday was her last match before she assumed the crown of the youngest world No. 1 on Monday.


The Swiss teenage sensation destroyed fifth-ranked American Seles, whose record as the world's youngest No. 1 player she eclipsed.


Seles was 17 years, three months and 19 days old when she secured the top-ranked berth in March 1991. Hingis was only 16 years, six months and one day when she took over the top spot from the injured Steffi Graf in the latest rankings Monday.


"I just played very good in this match," No. 1 seed Hingis said. "I almost didn't make one mistake, or I didn't make any. It was just a perfect match." It was the second career loss that Hingis has handed Seles. In their only previous meeting, Hingis trounced Seles 6-2, 6-0 in the Oakland final last November.


In the men's final, Thomas Muster, capped his comeback from a knee injury here eight years ago, beating Sergi Bruguera 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 6-1 Sunday.


Muster last reached the Lipton final in 1989, when he was unable to play because of an accident with a drunk driver shortly after his victory in the semifinals. He severed two tendons in his left knee, and the injury almost ended his career.


The 29-year-old Austrian earned $360,000 and validated his contention that he's more than just a clay-court player. The title is his third on hard courts, compared with 40 on clay, including the 1995 French Open. His only other championship in the United States came in Boston in 1988.


"After the French Open, this is probably the biggest victory of my career,'' Muster said. "This is very emotional for me. After what happened eight years ago, I felt today was a great day of justice for me.''


Bruguera lost to Muster for the ninth consecutive time. But the Spaniard did beat third-ranked Michael Chang and top-ranked Pete Sampras on his way to the final. ()