Hingis: When people ask me who I really want to play, I always say Sharapova - TennisForum.com

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Hingis: When people ask me who I really want to play, I always say Sharapova

Hingis said: "I know I'll get some tough matches and it will allow me to get used to the Australian summer coming from the European winter."

Hingis, who retired due to injury in 2002, announced last month she planned to return to professional tennis.

Maria Sharapova is among the other entries at the Australian women's hardcourt tournament at Royal Pines.

Three-time Australian Open champion Hingis hopes to make her Grand Slam comeback in Melbourne next month.

The 25-year-old Swiss star has been offered a wildcard for the Australian Open.

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.

She said: "When you've been number one for four years, that's all you want - to compete with the best and possibly win grand slams.


When I look at the rest of the top 10, that definitely gives me hope
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"I would love to be world number one again, but I can only see if that's possible once I start competing."

Hingis said she was relishing the chance to test herself against the players who have succeeded in her absence.

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

"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."

Hingis, who won the last of her three straight Australian Open titles in 1999, has dropped out of the WTA rankings and needs wild card invitations to play.

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I also believe that Martina thinks Maria is the only person she can beat at this time that’s in the top 10 right now. Martina already knows Maria game so beating her probably would be relatively easy.
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Are you talking serious ?

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Omg! Hingis likes Maria

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I also believe that Martina thinks Maria is the only person she can beat at this time that’s in the top 10 right now.
If you actually believe that Hingis believes that, I humbly suggest you focus on breathing. You don't have enough brain cells to spare some to this sort of speculation.

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I'm glad Hingis is coming back, but if she thinks she stands a chance against Sharapova, I'm so sorry.

Who knows. Maybe she'll surprise us.

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I'm glad Hingis is coming back, but if she thinks she stands a chance against Sharapova, I'm so sorry.

Who knows. Maybe she'll surprise us.


Maybe she just wants to guage where she is, and play the only top 10'er she hasn't played yet.
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If you actually believe that Hingis believes that, I humbly suggest you focus on breathing. You don't have enough brain cells to spare some to this sort of speculation.
No need to get snippy I’m just giving my opinion. I see she didn’t say she was eager to get back and play the WS, Lindsay, Kim, Justine, or Jenn, the players that give her problems constantly.
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She is being very careful about who she talks about. I have yet to hear her mention Venus or Serena who when last seen were wiping up the court with her.

I'm not fan of Sharapova but I hope she's taking notes of Hingis comments and is prepared for her.
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Maybe she just wants to guage where she is, and play the only top 10'er she hasn't played yet.
I thought of that, too. After all, she never says she thinks she can win.

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I also believe that Martina thinks Maria is the only person she can beat at this time that’s in the top 10 right now. Martina already knows Maria game so beating her probably would be relatively easy.
I don't see what's so ridiculous about this statement. It seems like Martina thinks her game could match up/fare well against Sharapova's. I don't know if Martina thinks it will be EASY to beat Sharapova, but her comments so far suggest that she is preparing herself for that matchup specifically.
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wow..very interesting!

I wish martina can beat maria!

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Martina hasnt played Maria for 8 years, I doubt she knows her game better than any of the other top 10 players. For Martina to think she could rock up now and towel up Maria it would be expecting a bit much of herself...I think Martina is a bit more realistic than some people here.
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The last time Martina was seen on court, she was unable to cope with the pace and power of the new generation of players, getting thumped by Petrova. I don't know if she's done anything to alter that.

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damn, maybe she IS obsessed
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