I won't be muscled out, says Hingis
ZURICH (AFP) - Former world number one Martina Hingis warned the imposing superwomen of the modern game that she will not be muscled out of contention when she returns to the tour in January.
The 25-year-old Hingis, who left the tour three years ago because of a crippling ankle injury, will stage her comeback in January with the Australian Open her first target.
"I have to work on my strength," said the player who won 76 career singles titles and was the world's youngest world number one.
She also won the Australian Open in 1997, 1998 and 1999 as well as the 1997 Wimbledon and US Open titles.
"The game has changed, it has become more physical but not necessarily at the technical level. I will be playing the same girls against whom I played when I was at my peak."
Hingis made a brief comeback this year when she lost a one-off appearance in Thailand, but she insists she still has the ability to make an impact at the highest level.
To that end, she will use Mary Pierce as her inspiration after the French veteran reached the finals of the French and US Opens this year despite passing her 30th birthday.
"The fact that Pierce has had such a good year is a good example," said Hingis.
"My objective is to play in Australia, I am going to try and play there. My goal is to stay healthy and stay in shape. That is probably the biggest task.
"I still love the game," said Hingis who added she is prepared for failure should her hopes be shattered.
"There are worse things out there in the world than losing a tennis match."
Published : December 05, 2005