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HINGIS, 13, WINS OPEN JUNIOR TITLE FOR 2ND STRAIGHT YEAR

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Martina Hingis, at 13 perhaps the brightest women's tennis prospect since Jennifer Capriati, won the French Open junior title for the second straight year Sunday and added a title in doubles.

Hingis, of Switzerland, beat an 18-year-old Canadian, Sonya Jayeseelan, 6-1, 6-3 for the singles crown.After that match, Hingis teamed with Slovakia's Henrieta Nagyova to beat two Czechs, Lenka Cenkova and Ludmila Richetervoa, 6-3, 6-2. It was a national reunion of sorts, since Hingis was born in Czechoslovakia before the two countries split apart.

"If you win the singles, it is a good feeling, such a good feeling, that it is easy to play the doubles finals just after it," Hingis said.

Capriati won the junior title in 1989 and made the semifinals of the seniors the following year at 14.

However, Capriati left the tour last year. She recently was arrested for possession of marijuana and checked into a drug rehabilitation clinic.

Hingis said she is not worried about Capriati's difficulties, whether on or off court.

"She plays completely different tennis than I do, and grew up in a completely different environment," Hingis said. "She probably had problems in the family, and I don't have anything like that."

Hingis also said she thought Capriati was more grown up at 14 then she is. She added, "It won't be good if I would end up like that."

Hingis' mother, Melanie, is a former Czechoslovak national champion and named her daughter after Martina Navratilova. Her daughter, however, lists Monica Seles as her idol.

Hingis, who turns 14 in September, has already played in three pro tournaments, allowed under current Women's Tennis Association rules. Between 13 and 14, players are allowed to play in three International Tennis Federation Futures events and Hingis won one already in Switzerland last year.

After her birthday Sept. 30, Hingis intends to play three regular tour events in Germany and Switzerland.

She became the first junior girl to repeat as singles champion. Two-time Wimbledon champion John Newcombe of Australian won the junior boys titles two years in a row.

"Compared to last year, the other girls have become stronger," Hingis said. "Last year I was really impressed by the whole atmosphere here. You see Graf play here and Sabatini there.

"This year I am more used to it, so it is not as impressive anymore. But I rank this title a little bit higher because I was able to defend it, which makes a special feeling."

The junior boys title went to Jacobo Diaz of Spain to go along with Spanish victories in the men's event by Sergi Bruguera and in women's by Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.