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Hingis: I want to play Sharapova! :)

INTERVIEW-Hingis targets more grand slam glory
Sat Dec 3, 2005 4:41 PM GMT
By Mark Ledsom

ZURICH, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Former world number one Martina Hingis hopes to add to her tally of five grand slam singles titles following her surprise decision to return to the professional game.

Hingis says she is ready to challenge the world's best players, despite a three-year absence caused by a string of foot, heel and ankle problems.

"When you've been number one for four years, that's all you want, to compete with the best and possibly win grand slams," the 25-year-old told Reuters in an interview on Saturday.

"That's natural and the most normal thing for me."

The Swiss, who announced her surprise comeback last week, said she had no specific targets for next year and has not yet finalised exactly where and when she will make her competitive return.

Her manager Mario Widmer had earlier told reporters Hingis would "in all probability" compete at one of the Australian tournaments in January before her expected appearance at the Australian Open later that month.

"I don't want to talk about goals because I'm a very realistic person and don't want to live in a dream world," Hingis told Reuters.

"I would love to be world number one again, but I can only see if that's possible once I start competing again."


SAME FACES

Despite three years on the sidelines, Hingis will need little introduction to her biggest rivals once the new season starts.

Reassuringly perhaps for Hingis, the next generation of women's tennis players are yet to make much of an impact in the sport's upper reaches. Of the current top 10, only Russia's Maria Sharapova is yet to face the Swiss.

"When people ask me who I really want to play, I always say Sharapova," Hingis said.

"Firstly, because she's the only one I haven't played, but also because she's won Wimbledon and been number one herself, so she's probably the young girl to aim for right now.

"When I look at the rest of the top 10 and see that Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce, Amelie Mauresmo and the Belgian girls (Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin) are still at the top, that definitely gives me hope."

Even if Hingis's opponents do not instil fear, her feet could yet prove the biggest obstacle to her ambitious comeback.

Although her doctor, Heinz Buehlmann, has given the player a clean bill of health, he warned on Saturday she might have to limit her schedule to prevent any recurrences.

"The surgery that she had on her ankle joints was for partial or total ligament ruptures but these have now healed and present no problem," Buehlmann told reporters.

"With her feet, there was the problem of chronic inflammations which is actually not a problem any more.

"It's a case of how much pressure she puts on the feet though -- so it could come back depending on how many tournaments she plays and how much training she does."


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Sharapova and hingis would be a great match to watch when hingis is warmed up.
Wonder who would win?
It'd be very competetive!
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Who is shorter? Hingis or Jie?
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I'm so excited for this match-up...it's probably the match most people would be waiting for since Maria is the only top player Martina hasn't faced. I can just imagine the pressure for both girls at the same time the great motivation to beat the other. But yeah it has to be a fair match. It should be when Martina has already settled into tour playing again...

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wow hingis is like a hobbit next to sharapova

i do hope to see them play each other, better still if it's a competitive match, and it would be great if hingis pulls it off
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I just get the feeling that Martina would confuse the hell out of Maria will all of her drop shots, and slices like JHH did.

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I just get the feeling that Martina would confuse the hell out of Maria will all of her drop shots, and slices like JHH did.
as a maria fan, hopefully not! haha...but yeah it would be intersting to see how their styles match up against one another...If they pay within the first few months of the season, I would expect Maria to pull it out (or else that would be embarrassing!) but towards the end of the season would likely be a different story...I just hope it stays competitive and that a new exciting rivalry would be born...

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as a maria fan, hopefully not! haha...but yeah it would be intersting to see how their styles match up against one another...If they pay within the first few months of the season, I would expect Maria to pull it out (or else that would be embarrassing!) but towards the end of the season would likely be a different story...I just hope it stays competitive and that a new exciting rivalry would be born...
Yeah, I would think any Top 10 player to win in the earlier stages on the tour, because taking advantage of her lack of play. But who knows when they both start to get going.

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Oh, That was an old picture. Indeed Martina looks rather short in that picture, but considering how tall Maria is when she wear high heels, Martina isn't too short.
*Finding excuses for Martina*

Go Martina, Make Maria run for her money!

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Would make a great match up.

I'm curious to see how she will hold up against a player like Maria.
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Would make a great match up.

I'm curious to see how she will deal with a player like Maria.
I'm more curious to see how Maria will deal with a player like Martina. Should be interesting if Marti comes back full force.

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It seems they are pretty good friends : Good thing for Martina and Maria

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It seems they are pretty good friends : Good thing for Martina and Maria
Wow, you actually do say nice things. All I ever see from you is negativity, nice switch up.

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