MELBOURNE, Australia -- Martina Hingis' all-court mastery shone through seven match points Saturday as she rebuffed stubborn Amelie Mauresmo to secure her third straight Australian Open title.

Mauresmo unleashed the power that may yet revolutionize women's tennis but not as long as Hingis can keep countering with the kind of inspired performance she displayed in a 6-2, 6-3 triumph.Even before the struggle through all the match points, Hingis came up with two brilliant shots to take a 5-3 lead and set herself up for her fifth Grand Slam title.

Mauresmo, the unseeded 19-year-old from France playing in her first major final, drilled a forehand deep that almost sped by Hingis. But Hingis reached out and caught up to it and flicked it back almost from behind her back to pass a stunned Mauresmo.

Mauresmo then volleyed another apparent winner crosscourt, only to see Hingis sprint after it and send a forehand pass down the line.

Serving to stay in the match now, Mauresmo opened with an ace, but soon found herself in a duel of wills with the 18-year-old Hingis that lasted through eight deuces.

Perhaps no one in women's tennis can match Hingis in her mental approach to the game, the way she varies her strokes, keeps opponents off-balance and breaks them down point by point.

She showed all that in closing out this match, beginning with a forehand approach volley crosscourt that Mauresmo couldn't touch.

But Mauresmo has plenty of weapons of her own, from the most powerful topspin backhand perhaps ever seen in women's tennis, to a formidable forehand and an impressive resolve to keep fighting.

Every time Hingis seemed to have her beat, in match point after match point, Mauresmo would not quit. Fearlessly, she drilled deep backhands and forehands, went for the angles, kept the pressure on Hingis.