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Playing before startled home fans, a weary Martina Hingis was beaten Friday by Lisa Raymond in the European Indoor Championships in Zurich, Switzerland, only the fourth loss this year for the world's No. 1 player.

"I didn't feel too well," Hingis said after the 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 quarterfinal loss. "But I must hand it to her: She's a dangerous, solid player."

Hingis, who has won 11 titles this year including three Grand Slams, pointed to year-end fatigue for her performance, which left her record for 1997 at 70-4.

This was her earliest departure from a tournament this year. Her previous defeats were to Iva Majoli in the French Open final and semifinals losses to Lindsay Davenport and Amanda Coetzer.

The match was a remarkable turnaround from the one in Filderstadt, Germany, on Sunday when Hingis routed Raymond, 6-2, 6-2, in the final.

"It's really special to win against the top-ranked player," said Raymond, ranked 19th in world. "It's taken me four years to believe I could do this, believe I deserve to be out there with the best."

Earlier, Lindsay Davenport routed Venus Williams to advance to the semifinals. The all-American match was over quickly, with Davenport beating the 17-year-old, 6-0, 6-4.

Raymond will play her semifinal against France's Nathalie Tauziat. No. 2 seed Jana Novotna will meet Davenport for the first time since the American beat her in the U.S. Open quarters.

In Ostrava, Czech Republic, Croatia's Goran Ivanisevic beat Bohdan Ulihrach of the host nation in straight sets to advance to the semifinals of the $975,000 ATP Czech Indoor tournament.

The third-seeded Croatian won, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, in just 57 minutes. He next will play Slovakia's Karol Kucera, who ousted Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2.

In an upset, Sweden's Magnus Norman defeated the tournament's second seed, Sergi Bruguera of Spain, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, and will next face Thomas Muster. The Austrian overpowered Diego Nargiso of Italy, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, for a place in the semifinals.

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