Tennis: Hingis strolls past Granville

Martina Hingis had the honour of hitting the first ball at the 2001 US Open, and it wasn't long before she had wrapped up a simple victory.

Martina Hingis had the honour of hitting the first ball at the 2001 US Open, and it wasn't long before she had wrapped up a simple victory.

She beat wild card Laura Granville 6-2 6-0 with an efficient performance.

Hingis was in command against the two-time NCAA champion from Stanford. She won the last nine games and finished the match in 46 minutes.

"To open the stadium is always a great honour," said Hingis, who won the US Open in 1997.

"There's pressure all the time. I love the challenge. The motivation is always there."

After dropping the first three games, Granville broke the Swiss star to briefly get the first set back on serve.

But Hingis was not about to stumble against the 20-year-old from Chicago who set an NCAA record with 58 consecutive singles victories over 13 months.

Hingis did not drop another game. She took advantage of 29 unforced errors by Granville, who was making her centre court debut at the Open.

Top seed Hingis has not won a Grand Slam title since 1999, when she clinched the Australian Open.

Also in action on the first day are former champions Patrick Rafter and Lindsay Davenport, with Serena Williams and Andre Agassi scheduled for night matches.

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