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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hingis Survives Kournikova




FILDERSTADT, Germany -- Martina Hingis survived a scare against Anna Kournikova at the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday and held on to her No. 1 ranking f at least temporarily.


But Lindsay Davenport, who trails Hingis by 26 points, stayed in hot pursuit by dismissing Mary Pierce 6-1, 6-3 in another second-round match.


Hingis, who has held the top ranking for 80 weeks, rallied to win 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, benefiting from Kournikova's 13 double-faults.


"I jammed my ankle in jogging this morning and for the first three games I couldn't see anything because I forgot to put in my contact lenses," Hingis said.


"But after I warmed up the ankle got better, I got the lenses and I got into the match,'' the 18-year-old Swiss said.


Hingis, winner of the $450,000 indoor tournament the last two years, could clinch her third title in a row and still lose the top ranking to Davenport, the U.S. Open champion.


Whether Davenport can claim the No. 1 spot will depend on how many bonus points she can earn by beating high-ranked players.


In Basel, Switzerland, world No. 1 Pete Sampras and world No. 2 Patrick Rafter both crashed out in the first round of the $1 million Swiss Indoors.


Sampras, winner of three titles this season including Wimbledon, was toppled by long-time nemesis Wayne Ferreira 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 only hours after Rafter was eliminated in straight sets by Czech Daniel Vacek.


"I'm very disappointed,'' said Sampras, who accepted a wild card in Basel in an effort to finish as world No. 1 in the rankings this year. "It can't get much worse than this."