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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hingis Dumps Kournikova for Needed Break




WIMBLEDON, England -- For Martina Hingis, the emotional baggage of Paris was not so easily lost. She could neither discard nor disregard it here Tuesday, which led to one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history.


Later Tuesday, the top-ranked Hingis also withdrew from doubles with partner Anna Kournikova.


A brief statement from Wimbledon referee Alan Mills said only that Hingis had "a recurring medical problem.''


After the upset, Hingis said: "I'm not sure what went right, actually. Just a lot of things happened. I think I need to take some time off. Take a break and recover again. From everything. ''


Hingis, a little more than two weeks ago, was three points from half a Grand Slam. Now she is a teenager in turmoil, professionally and personally, having won only two games against a 16-year-old qualifier making her Wimbledon debut.


Jelena Dokic of Australia, ranked No. 129 in the world, defeated the top-seeded Hingis, 6-2, 6-0, in 54 minutes, winning the final 11 games. "It doesn't really matter what the score is at the end,'' said Hingis, a champion here in 1997. "Nobody really cares if you lose.''


It is only the third time the top seed has lost in the first round at Wimbledon, the others being Margaret Court in 1962 and Steffi Graf in 1994.


Certainly, Hingis did not think she would be linked with Graf in this manner. Now it's clear that the fateful match against Graf - the emotional three-set loss in the French Open final - has shaken and shattered the 18-year-old, who will spend the next four or five weeks trying to put herself back together before going to California for the hard-court season.


In Paris, Hingis was booed and jeered by the hostile crowd because of her immature behavior against Graf after Hingis had come within three points of winning her first French Open title. Hingis turned nearly everyone against her by smashing her racket and crossing over to the other side of the court to question a line call.


And on Tuesday, the petulance of Paris was replaced by panic. At times, Hingis seemed simply frozen under the barrage of Dokic's powerful ground strokes.


"It's still hard to believe that I've beaten Martina,'' said Dokic, playing in her third Grand Slam event. "But I still have to keep my feet on the ground. Just because I've beaten Martina doesn't mean I'll win the tournament.''


For Dokic, the victory was a major turnaround of family fortunes in England. Her father, Damir, a Serbian cab driver before the family emigrated to Australia in 1994, was removed by security for disorderly behavior at his daughter's last tournament, in Birmingham, earlier this month. He had been shouting about NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia.


He made his way out into traffic, was nearly hit by a car, then was detained by police. No charges were pressed.


Dokic defended her father in Birmingham, saying officials overreacted.


"I owe him a lot, having him watch my matches and being there and working on my game,'' she said. "He knows what I have to work on and what I have to face. He's been a big influence on me.''


Anna Kournikova overcame three set points in the opening set and defeated Maria Alejandra Vento 7-5, 6-4 in the second round Wednesday, .


Kournikova, seeded 17th, is one victory away from a potential fourth-round match against No. 6 Venus Williams. The 18-year-old Russian reached the semifinals in her only other appearance at Wimbledon in 1997.


Amanda Coetzer of South Africa, the 12th seed, also won Wednesday, beating Miho Saeki of Japan 6-4, 6-1.