THE DAY OF THE U.S. OPEN SEMIFINAL BETWEEN MARTINA HINGIS AND VENUS WILLIAMS WAS INCORRECT IN SOME EDITIONS YESTERDAY. THE MATCH IS FRIDAY. (PULBISHED 09/09/99)

Top-seeded Martina Hingis gave Austrian Barbara Schett some advice on how to play Venus Williams in their quarterfinal at the U.S. Open tonight, but all her words of wisdom did was delay the inevitable.

Williams cruised, winning 6-4, 6-3, to set up Thursday's semifinal with Hingis. Hingis won her quarterfinal against Anke Huber, 6-2, 6-0.

"You can get all the pointers you want against me, but unless I give the match away, with a lot of unforced errors, it's going to be tough to win," Williams said. When asked if she thought Hingis was trying to get her out of the way early by advising Schett, she said: "They are good friends and they hit a lot. So maybe, yeah."

Hingis and Williams have met here before, playing in the 1997 final, which Hingis won, 6-0, 6-4. Williams said she has improved since then, noting, "I'm serving better, I'm moving well and I'm playing the break points a lot better."

Captain McEnroe

John McEnroe is expected to be named captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team on Wednesday morning. McEnroe, who has been lobbying for the job for years, would replace Tom Gullikson, who has held the job since 1994. Gullikson was popular with the players but has been held responsible for the debacle in Brookline, Mass., last month, when the United States lost to Australia in the quarterfinals.

McEnroe, 40, should inject some spunk into the Davis Cup matches and may even name himself to play doubles when the U.S. resumes play in February.

He has a 59-10 record in Davis Cup matches (41-8 in singles, 18-2 in doubles) and has played in 30 ties over 12 years, the most by any American.

His most memorable battle was in 1982, when he defeated Mats Wilander in St. Louis in a match that lasted 6 hours 22 minutes. . . .

Hingis, who just moved to Saddlebrook, Fla., finds her new state very "laid-back and easygoing."

"You don't really care what kind of car you have, what restaurant you go to or what clothes you wear," she said. "I think in New York, it's more snobby." . . .

The unseeded team of Chanda Rubin and Sandrine Testud upset No. 3 seeds Lindsay Davenport and Corina Morariu in a thrilling doubles quarterfinal, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. Rubin and Testud faced three match points before pulling out the victory. . . .

Slava Dosedel scored an emotional 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 fourth-round victory over Jiri Novak. The two friends grew up within an hour of each other in the Czech Republic.