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Being denied a spot in the next round wasn't going to happen as Hingis and Lisicki saved 7 matchpoints enroute to victory.
Being denied a spot in the next round wasn't going to happen as Hingis and Lisicki saved 7 matchpoints enroute to victory.
Kenny Evans

Well Miami, you live to see Martina Hingis play another time; the Swiss Miss continued her storied run at the Sony Open in Key Biscayne as she teamed up with her partner/prodigy Sabine Lisicki in the quarterfinals. It was the first time in her second comeback that she's been able to win back to back matches and what better way to move into the semifinals without tons of drama?

Still playing some of that brilliant and magical tennis that helped her to dominate the women's tour in the late 90's, Hingis found a way to help her charge dig deep and mount a comeback after losing the first set 6-3. They were out-classed and surprisingly out-foxed, and it looked like the Swiss German pairing would be sent packing.

As the second set progressed, Hingis started crafted shots that probably no one on the tour could do; manipulating the ball to do all she wanted without any seem of strain, like her countryman Roger Federer. With Hingis picking up her game, here comes Lisicki booming serves and blasting forehands, a deadly combination. Come to think of it, it's almost like they're the perfect pairing because it would be very difficult to gain traction against them; Hingis has the soft hands and finesse, while Lisicki has the raw power. The Swiss German duo would then start to save match point after match point; the tension continued to rise and you just knew someone's nerves were going to buckle.

Somehow and someway, Hingis and Lisicki would save the match points and win the second set in a tiebreaker, sending the match into overtime (the match tiebreaker). Still playing very good tennis, Yaroslava Shvedova and Anabel Medina Garrigues, felt things were still in their control and they played like it. Shvedova and Garrigues would open the match tiebreaker with a lead, but that lead wouldn't last as Hingis and Lisicki mounted yet another comeback and stormed through the match tiebreaker from then on.

The reaction from Hingis and Lisicki could be illustrated as overjoyed, but it'll like to think it was just simply unadulturated jubilation, and we all remember Lisicki's reactions from last years Wimbledon run to the finals. So Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki live to fight another day, and one might expect them to dazzle the crowd in Miami with some more brilliant tennis!