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HINGIS SHAKES OFF SLOW START IN DUBAI

Top-ranked Martina Hingis of Switzerland overcome some bad moments in the first set, then recovered to beat No. 7 Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand in the semifinals Friday at the Dubai Open.

Hingis, a 7-6 (6), 6-1 winner, will oppose Nathalie Tauziat today for the championship of the $565,000 tournament. Tauziat outlasted Australian qualifier Rachel McQuillan, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Hingis had to come from behind in the first set, fighting off three set points and winning the tiebreaker. Hingis is seeking her second straight title after winning the Qatar Open last weekend.

Around the nets

Australian Open champion Jennifer Capriati beat Lisa Raymond, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals of the IGA U.S. Indoor Championships in Oklahoma City. Capriati, seeded No. 2 and ranked sixth in the world, will face Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, who won a matchup of 17-year-olds by beating qualifier Aniko Kapros of Hungary, 6-4, 6-4.

Japan's Shinobu Asagoe also advanced with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Lilia Osterloh. Asagoe will face Monica Seles, the No. 1 seed and defending champion.

Mark Philippoussis ended qualifier Dmitry Tursunov's hopes of winning his very first ATP Tour tournament, using booming serves to beat the 18-year-old Russian, 6-3, 6-2, in the quarterfinals of the Kroger St. Jude tournament in Memphis, Tenn.

The second-seeded Australian advanced to the semifinals against third-seeded Tommy Haas, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over fifth-seeded Jan-Michael Gambill.

On the other side of the draw, Sebastien Lareau upset 12th-seeded Jason Stoltenberg, 7-6 (6), 6-4, to reach his first semifinal since Hong Kong in 1998. He will play ninth-seeded Davide Sanaguinetti, who beat Tennessee native Chris Woodruff, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Anna Kournikova will miss her next two tournaments because of a broken foot. She'll skip events in Acapulco, Mexico, and Indian Wells, Calif.

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