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SAN DIEGO, August 1 (Reuters) - Martina Hingis, who retired in 2002 before making a successful full-time return to the WTA Tour at the start of this year, warned Russia's Anna Kournikova to be fully prepared before pondering a comeback of her own.


"She'd really have to commit herself and grind it out," Hingis told reporters after revealing Kournikova offered to reprise their doubles partnership that won the 2002 Australian Open title.

"She used to have her mother and a great support team to help her and she doesn't have that now. You can't just play one week and come back. You have to be more professional about it," Hingis said at the Acura Classic, where she is seeded eighth.

The 25-year-old Kournikova, a former world number one doubles player who was ranked in the top 20 in singles from 1998 to 2000, has not played on the tour since cutting her 2003 season short due to a back injury.

She competed this year in the World TeamTennis event and has never officially declared she will not play competitively again.

Hingis played an exhibition with Kournikova last December and says the pin-up Russian must improve before returning.

"She was okay," said the Swiss. "But she would have to train. I don't want to go out there and lose first round."

"It would be great to see her out there.

(Writing by Matt Cronin; editing by Miles Evans, Asia Sports Desk +61 392861435; miles.evans@reuters.com)

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If Kournikova still has her sex appeal, a comeback would help the tournaments sell tickets, at least to opening round matches. I don't know if Hingis-Kournikova is a pairing that would intimidate anymore.

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WOW Hingis and her straight-fowardness.

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Hingis/Kournikova vs. Williams/Williams

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Martina!! I was hoping you would persuade Anna to come back... Melanie should coach her along with Martina! It'd be so amazing to have Anna back, wow...
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That's exactly the thing though. Anna can still play the game, she'd just need to do soooooo much physical training to get into decent playing shape, and also deal with her oncourt issues as well (serve, etc.)

Martina told it like it is, once again. Boy would I LOVE to see Kournikova really commit herself to a comeback, that would be so amazing. But I still don't honestly believe Anna even wants to have to deal with life on the WTA Tour anymore, and she doesnt have to. It saddens me, but it's the reality I'm having to come to terms with. I wish Anna would prove me wrong though.
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Can anyone tell me why Anna doesn't have her mum and support team anymore, are they fighting over property or something?
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Can anyone tell me why Anna doesn't have her mum and support team anymore, are they fighting over property or something?
i think so... but i forgot :P

anyways................... HINGIS / KOURNIKOVA IS SUCH A BIG draw its not even funny. what about kournikova / sharapova.... that would draw in the boys.

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Kournikova and ANYONE would draw in the boys. Sharapova just seems to draw in the media.

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good idea,i think AnnaK will think about it

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i really hope anna comes back!!! I liked it when hingis said "She was okay,"

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What is Kournikova and Sharapova played together. WOW! Or even against each other. WOW.

hunger, desire, fire..........
stength, power, precision.........
talent, court sense, smartness........
no i am not talking about a racket or a squirrel, i am talking about the former and future number 1..............
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I saw a little of Anna playing WTT doubles a few days ago. Her serve is very weak, but the rest of her skills are still there, a little rusty, but still there. She has the potential to be a strong doubles player again, but one thing, she is like a stick figure now. She would really need to build herself up and put on some pounds or she will get blasted off the court. And obviously, friends or not, Hingis won't partner with her to lose, so Anna will really have to shape up.
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Lol, I love Martina so much. Even though Martina has said that she does not want to play doubles anymore, I know that she'd play if her good friend Anna wanted to reprive their team. It'd be great to see them playing together again and having fun.

hunger, desire, fire..........
stength, power, precision.........
talent, court sense, smartness........
no i am not talking about a racket or a squirrel, i am talking about the former and future number 1..............
martina hingis!!!!!!!!!!!!

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tough love from hingis but absolutely true

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