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Clijsters doubts Hingis could return to top again

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Clijsters doubts Hingis could return to top again

HONG KONG: US Open champion Kim Clijsters on Wednesday said she doubted Martina Hingis could return to the top of the women’s game despite initial successes at her comeback tournament.

Clijsters said the 25-year-old former world number one was unlikely to "come close" to the domination that brought her five Grand Slams before injuries forced her early retirement in October 2002.

"I think it will be very hard for someone in her position, after a few years ago being world number one and winning so many tournaments and Grand Slams," said the Belgian.

"It will be very hard for her to come close to achieving those results again. I haven’t seen her play and I don’t know what shape she’s in but I am very excited. She’s a great girl too and she’s a lot of fun and I am happy to see her back."

Hingis registered the second win of her comeback on Wednesday when she beat Czech world number 35 Klara Koukalova 6-3, 6-2 at the Australian hard court tournament.

World number one Lindsay Davenport, who like Clijsters is also playing the Champions Challenge invitational here, has also warned that Hingis may find it tough to come back.

Women’s tennis has become physically more demanding over the past few years and also increasingly open, with four different players winning the 2005 Grand Slams. Clijsters, the world number two, said her own plans to retire at the end of next season were still in place despite bouncing back from injury to win her first Grand Slam and be named as ITF women’s world champion.

The 22-year-old, who missed most of 2004 with injury and was ranked at 134 when she returned to competition last February, said she finds it hard to stay on top of her game. She also dislikes flying and misses her boyfriend, Belgium-based American basketball player Brian Lynch. "Every two months, it feels that I have to improve and have to add something. I told myself that I was going to do this for two more years. I am going to give myself 100 percent and see how it goes," she said.

"The travelling is also very tough. I am not a very good flyer and it’s also difficult for my boyfriend and my family. When I get older and when I have kids one day I would like to play and have fun with them without having to worry about having bad knees."

The Williams sisters, defending champion Elena Dementieva and India’s Sania Mirza are also among the eight-player Champions Challenge line-up. Dementieva will play Serena Williams in the opening match later on Wednesday.

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well..we will see...

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I really don't think Kim has the right to say much considering she finally won a slam after her comeback. Maybe another loss to Hingis will change her mind.

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Hmmm, it looks like Clijsters is really serious about her retirement. I think that we can already see how much she's disliking the constant practice and constant stress tennis has given her. You can totally understand her mentality for quitting, but Martina is completely different. I don't think she is coming back expecting to regain what she once had. I think she hopes that she can, but realistically, I don't think she expects it. I think Martina came back for the challenge and for the love of tennis. She herself has said that being away from tennis has been like a hole in her life. Sometimes, she wakes up and has no purpose to get up for. She is coming back to play and to compete. As long as she does that, I think she will be satisfied.

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She's just saying what many people have already said
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Of course it's going to be hard. But time is still on her side.
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I don't think what Kim said is all that bad. MUCH worse was said of a particular Italian-American who went to prove them all wrong in Melbourne (against Martina, no less)...
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some fucking journalists really piss me off the way the try to start something from nothing. you read headline and you think "bitchy comment" but of course the overwhelming positive sentiments don't grab people's attention do they.

they shoud only be allowed to write about Gisela's boobs
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Clijsters didn't say she couldn't get back to the top (meaning top 3 or so) She said she doesn't think Hingis could dominate again winning nearly all tournaments and slams.....

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some fucking journalists really piss me off the way the try to start something from nothing. you read headline and you think "bitchy comment" but of course the overwhelming positive sentiments don't grab people's attention do they.

they shoud only be allowed to write about Gisela's boobs

I really want to see these pictures of gisela playing with her boobs intact...

lead me to her boobs people....

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Kim just needs a beating from Martina to change her mind.

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Geez...why the hostility to Kim giving an honest, yet diplomatic opinion?- that she thinks that it would be difficult for hingis to duplicate her past achievements after such a long layoff. Similar sentiments have been expressed by others, it's hardly trashtalking. Of course, how ludicrous of Kim not to endorse Martina for the 2006 calender slam and year end #1 good god
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It would be hard for someone who has never been there to begin with, that's even more tough, but Hingis has been there and it's not out of the question to get back there espcecially since she's still so young. Steffi, Monica, Mary, Jen Cap. have all made successful comebacks in there careers, nothing is impossible. Kim should be more worried about not becoming the next one slam wonder.

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we will have to wait and see
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i like what mary said about matina's comeback, she said the timing is good, the tour is very open for everybody.


Vous serez peut-être amenée à croiser la route de Martina Hingis…

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Personnellement, je suis très heureuse de la revoir au plus haut niveau, c’est une grande championne. Je ne connais pas son niveau actuel mais je pense qu’elle a choisi le bon moment pour revenir car le circuit s’annonce très ouvert, pour tout le monde.
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