Martina Hingis needed just one hour Saturday to regain the No. 1 ranking from Lindsay Davenport.
Hingis, showing no signs of a month-long layoff, took back the top ranking after her American rival had held it five weeks by blasting Anke Huber 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Betty Barclay Cup in Hamburg, Germany.
Despite the 8,000 spectators cheering for her and an 11-match winning streak, Huber had little chance in the semifinal match after she dropped her serve on a double fault to fall behind 3-5 in the first set.
"I heard yesterday I could be No. 1 if I win, but it's more important to me to do well in tomorrow's final," said Hingis.
Hingis, seeking her third title this year, faces Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, a three-time winner of the event, in today's final. The Spanish veteran edged South Africa's Amanda Coetzer 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4).
Both Lakeside teams were eliminated from the Class AAAA playoffs on Saturday by Walton. The Lakeside girls lost 3-0 and the boys fell 3-2.
North Augusta High's Anthony Hawthorne is among the three latest players to sign letters of intent with Aiken Tech. Hawthorne, a wing player who averaged 13.5 points a game and six rebounds for the Jackets, is joined by Greenwood High's Shannon Martin and Renaldo Norman. Norman averaged 13 points a game and Martin 10.5 and eight rebounds. The latest trio sign previous signees Jeff Battle of North Augusta, Thomas Mims of Cross Creek and Anthony Sweat of Greenbrier. Augusta Tech, a junior college, went 30-3 last season, but will lose its top seven scorers.
Italians took seven of the top 10 places in the major mountain stage of the Tour de Romandie Saturday in Leysin, Switzerland as Andrea Noe finished first and Paolo Savoldelli reclaimed the leader's green jersey.
Noe broke away from the field during the climb to the finish at Leysin, and the small chasing group of riders was unable to catch him. He completed the 102-mile stage in 4 hours, 35 minutes, 35 seconds, leading compatriots Francesco Casagrande and Gilberto Simoni by 8 and 12 seconds, respectively.
Savoldelli regained his leader's jersey from Spaniard Joseba Beloki, who was unable to keep up with the pace of the leading riders but clung on to finish 13th. Switzerland's Laurent Dufaux is third overall.
Laura Denning had three goals as the Westminster girls defeated LaGrange 4-1 Saturday in the GISA Class AAA quarterfinals at Westminster. Elizabeth Huckabee had the other goal for Westminster, 11-0-2. Westminster will meet Mt. DeSales Friday in the semifinals.
Barnwell's boys advanced to the Class AA Lower State Championship game after a 6-4 victory over Edisto on Saturday. Jay Harvey had three goals and one assist for Barnwell, which will be at Bishop England on Wednesday. Barnwell goalkeepers Brent Washburn and Wade Johnson combined for seven saves.
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