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Australian Open: When Hingis defeated Seles in a grueling contest

Two of the all-time greats of the women’s game produced a semifinal to remember in 2002, with Martina Hingis defeating Monica Seles 4-6 6-1 6-4 in a gripping contest.

The classic match is the latest to be featured on the Australian Open YouTube and social channels, celebrating some of the amazing moments of the tournament.

With contrasting styles – Seles’ double-handed forehand and Hingis’ incredible touch – it was always going to be a close match between the multiple Grand Slam champions.

Eventually the younger Hingis had too much staying power for Seles, booking her spot in her sixth consecutive Australian Open final.

“This match was extra special because both Martina and Monica had incredible support from fans,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.

“Before this semifinal, Monica had won the title four times, and Martina, three, which is quite remarkable.

“When showcasing classic Australian Open matches leading up to the 2019 tournament, we had to include this match between two of the greats of the game.”

Hingis fell just short of a fourth Australian Open crown losing 4-6 7-6(7) 6-2 to Jennifer Capriati.

Over three days, Hingis played 58 games across two matches, cementing herself as an all-time fan favourite on Rod Laver Arena.

So far, the 2018 semifinal between Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber, and Lleyton Hewitt’s 2005 defeat of Rafael Nadal have been featured in the AO Classics series.

More exciting matches will be added in coming months, as the hype continues to build towards Australian Open 2019.


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