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Exclamation Hingis says there's nothing that special about Sharapova!!

She's at it again!Marti is such a bitch!She's soo great for the tour!


Hingis puts usual suspects on notice: Maria first on hit list
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AdvertisementMARTINA Hingis has questioned the credentials of another former Wimbledon champion and world No.1, Maria Sharapova, the player the provocative Swiss most wants to meet on her journey along the comeback path.

"It's always been, 'I wonder what she's got, Sharapova?', because I don't see that she's got something that special," said Hingis, who has previously admitted she relishes the prospect of confronting Sharapova.

"Her serve is great, her groundstrokes, but I can't tell until I play her what makes her so exceptional. Or do you know? Can you tell? What's so exceptional about her?"

When it was suggested that Sharapova - who on August 22 became the fifth-youngest No.1 in history behind Hingis - is a powerful shot-maker, mentally tough, and plays the big points well, Hingis agreed that "sometimes one point here, one point there, that's the difference".

She should know, for so it was yesterday at the Australian Women's Hardcourt, with Hingis too steady in the clutch moments for 35th-ranked Klara Koukalova. The 6-3, 6-2 result sets up a winnable quarter-final against Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives, who upset second seed Francesca Schiavone. Thus, more than three years after her last serious match, Hingis is yet to drop a set.

The day after Lindsay Davenport warned in Hong Kong that her contemporary would find it tough to return to the top after such a long sabbatical, Hingis was also delivered some more welcome news: that her old aura is still worth something in the currency of tennis respect.

"One thing I realise is that still some of the girls they do have respect, that's nice to see, now I have to take advantage of it," she said. "Sometimes it seems that opponents are pulling back rather than going forward."

Yet one problem has been closing out sets, and Hingis needed to save three break points at the end of the first, and another two at the death in the second, as her reworked serve became a little tight and tentative and Koukalova decided to attack what is still a vulnerable second ball.

Hingis said she was happiest that it was "the winning spirit which got me through today, that I really wanted it more because we were pretty flat, both of us, at the end and I just really had more to give". "And at the third match point I was like, 'please, thank God, you know, it was over'. So that anticipation's coming back and every set I feel like I'm shaking off a little bit of the rustiness of the last three years. Overall I think it was a pretty solid performance."

Had Hingis been offered a semi-final appearance before her comeback event started, she surely would have taken it, and Schiavone's departure opens up the draw nicely. Vives has the dubious honour of being the only player to lose in a WTA Tour event to lowly-ranked Australian Sophie Ferguson, at last year's Australian Open, and Hingis was scarcely trembling with apprehension ahead of today's match.

"She's a little girl, running, so she's hopefully not going to overpower me - that's one thing," said the five-time grand slam winner. "You just have to be patient. She gets a lot of balls back, she runs down a lot of balls. I don't think she really has a big weapon, but neither does she have a weakness."

Later, speaking in Swiss-German, a typically forthright Hingis said of Llagostera Vives that while her next opponent is a good claycourter, "frankly, she shovels the ball back".

The remaining quarter-finals will feature top seed Patty Schnyder against Lucie Safarova, No.3 seed Dinara Safina versus Anabel Medina Garrigues and fourth seed Flavia Pennetta against either Tatiana Golovin or Sybille Bammer.

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Martina is at it again. It was only a matter of time. Hopefully Sharapova doesn't bagel the Swiss Miss if they should meet.

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there is already a thread about it. a long one too.

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now, i simply must love martina even more....

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if you read the aricle completely she says she doesn't see what's so special about sharapova so she wants to find out. the only way that is is to be on the other side of the net.
she never said such a thing what your threadtitle says, talk about manipulating things.
i suggest you change your threadtitle

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Well, now we know that Hingis is really back. Talking bull already. . .after two matches. Admittedly, she has been impressive and looks set to get to the semis--not bad for a three year layoff.

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if you read the aricle completely she says she doesn't see what's so special about sharapova so she wants to find out. the only way that is is to be on the other side of the net.
she never said such a thing what your threadtitle says, talk about manipulating things.
i suggest you change your threadtitle
Hingis said:I don't see that Maria has something special.

Thread title:Hingis says there's nothing special about Sharapova.

She doesn't think Maria is that great,or she would never have said anything.She's throwing down a challenge.

Hingis is just a little more diplomatic than she used to be,or she wouldn't even have bothered with the second part.

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Well, now we now that Hingis is really back. Talking bull already. . .after two matches. Admittedly, she has been impressive and looks set to get to the semis--not bad for a three year layoff.
Hopefully Maria will take all this in and show her Meanwhile , before she left she always trounced her early round opponents decisively so this is nothing new really--- we have to wait to see what happens later
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Martina has never said that I watched that interview.It's very poor from there part to write such things. I n my opinion it's even illigal.
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Hingis said:I don't see that Maria has something special.

Thread title:Hingis says there's nothing special about Sharapova.

She doesn't think Maria is that great,or she would never have said anything.She's throwing down a challenge.

Hingis is just a little more diplomatic than she used to be,or she wouldn't even have bothered with the second part.
you took the words out of it's context. when you look at the quote in the article:

"It's always been, 'I wonder what she's got, Sharapova?', because I don't see that she's got something that special," said Hingis

it first starts with a question, asking what's so special about sharapova. then stating after that she doesn't see anything that special(the word nothing like your threadtitle says isn't even used). even stating later in the article she wants to find it out if she is really special and the only way is to play her.

now do you see your threadtitle 'hingis says there's nothing special about sharapova!!' is completely wrong and only trying to blow and stur things up by taking the words out of context?

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it's kinda funny how martina praised sharapova endlessly during her time off as a commentator, and now that she's back she can't pinpoint what is so special about her.
hingis is such a media darling, and even if she takes little pokes at sharapova, i'm loving her return (especially because i know there'd be a breadstick or a bagel flying at martina if she played sharapova).
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Martina has never said that I watched that interview.It's very poor from there part to write such things. I n my opinion it's even illigal.
Anything to bait negative feedback from Martina's comeback.

And what do you know, just from reading this thread, it's hook, line, and sinker.
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