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HINGIS : 'I certainly want to add Roland Garros to my kitty'

Martina Hingis was the little Swiss Miss who was named after the grand dame of women's tennis a certain Martina Navratilova.

And when she started her career with nine Grand Slam finals in three seasons and five victories, it appeared she could even beat the number of titles held by her namesake.

But then injuries took their toll on Hingis and while her male compatriot Roger Federer was conquering the men's game, she retired from the WTA Tour a victim of her chronic injuries.

However, she never lost her iron-will throughout her time on the sidelines and finally made it back to the court and showed tremendous fighting spirit and skill to gain a world ranking of number nine.

Just a few days before her 26th birthday (September 30), Hingis spoke to Gulf News in Kolkata where she was playing in the Sunfeast Open. Following are excerpts.

How tough was is to stage a comeback after a three-year layoff?

It is very difficult, really. But once you decide to do something, you should never be worried about the difficulty of the task. You have to go on doing what is required of you and if you can keep at it you will get what you deserve.

Considering that all of your Grand Slam success was during your teenage years, do you consider yourself a burnout case?

No, Never. For me, injuries forced me out of the tour and nothing else. I was doing extremely well but then the injuries came relentlessly and I had to take a break. At that point I was not sure whether I would be able to stage a comeback so I decided to quit. And last year when I felt I was okay, I begun my journey again.

What changes have you observed in the game since your return?

Well, it has moved its own way. Nothing will stop for you in life, you have to be ready to keep up the pace with it. The game has become more powerful, thanks to the Williams Sisters. They used their power intelligently on the court and with it made the game more athletic. Martina Navratilova was the pioneer on this front though, then Steffi Graf did her bit and recently it's the Williams sisters.

In this era of power-packed women tennis players, what does a comparatively frail girl like Martina Hingis need to do to stay competitive? Does she increase her gym work or spend more time in practicing on courts ...

I always believed that my strongest point is in my court coverage. For that I need to stay as light as possible. It is a part of my game to keep the ball in play as much as possible so that my powerful opponents become tired while sending the ball back to me. That is when I have my chances. So I have to continue doing the same things while trying to add a few more aspects to my game like service and net-play. I'm trying to develop these two parts of my game.

You have three Australian Open titles, one each of Wimbledon and the US Open. But there is no French Open yet …

Yes and I certainly want to add a title from Roland Garros to my kitty. I went so close to winning it in 1999 when I was just three points from the title, when Steffi made a great comeback.

You have now played twice against India's Sania Mirza. What do you think about her game?

When I first played her in Dubai last February, I was really surprised to see the quality of her ground strokes. This time I was better prepared to face her. Her backhand has improved a bit and she is a wonderful talent but she needs to keep on improving.


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I always believed that my strongest point is in my court coverage. For that I need to stay as light as possible. It is a part of my game to keep the ball in play as much as possible so that my powerful opponents become tired while sending the ball back to me. That is when I have my chances. So I have to continue doing the same things while trying to add a few more aspects to my game like service and net-play. I'm trying to develop these two parts of my game.

The only problem is, Martina, that there are hard hitters who never get tired, Kim to name but one. After almost one year back on the Tour you should expect her to know that. I really believe she has to go to that gym and train her butt off to be able to keep up with the tireless hard hitting girls.

And Roland Garros? With a depleated field......... MAYBE! But only just "maybe".

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Graf beat Hingis down too badly at the French. A permanent scar on the career of Hingis.

It will never happen.

Its as though the tennis Gods "SWOOPED" down and said, "Martina Hingis, you will never again win a Grand Slam singles title."

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Graf beat Hingis down too badly at the French. A permanent scar on the career of Hingis.

It will never happen.
Steffi Graf always managed to have the last laugh. Against Martina, Monica and others. Love her or loathe her she always came out on top. Martina just doesn't have what it takes to win RG. Love her tons and so glad she's back, but like you said it aint going to happen.
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Steffi Graf always managed to have the last laugh. Against Martina, Monica and others. Love her or loathe her she always came out on top. Martina just doesn't have what it takes to win RG. Love her tons and so glad she's back, but like you said it aint going to happen.
When did Steffi have the last laugh against Monica? If anything, unlike all her predecessors, Steffi was unable to dislodge Monica from the top. Steffi was unable to defeat Monica on the tennis court. She needed assistance from a crazy, knife-wielding compatriot.

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When did Steffi have the last laugh against Monica? If anything, unlike all her predecessors, Steffi was unable to dislodge Monica from the top. Steffi was unable to defeat Monica on the tennis court. She needed assistance from a crazy, knife-wielding compatriot.
I agree. I meant that she always somehow, including the bad luck of others, seemed to be chosen to win. Maybe she had the on her side? Her reaction after winning the 95 US Open was shocking. She just didn't care about others. Hard to explain it, but that's what I meant by the last laugh. Record books will show over 20 Grand Slam titles, no matter how unfair they are.

Anyway, Monica is my favourite player ever and why I love tennis and have gotten into heated threads before on this so not going there again! Today!
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Nobody gave Agassi a chance at winning Roland Garros in 1999. I'm sure even Hingis' greatest doubters give her a better chance than people gave Agassi. Also, don't forget that Hingis has more experience than any player on the tour, so when she plays her Grand Slam finals she will have a major edge mentally over her opponent.

Martina Hingis has won Roland Garros 2007!!!!!!!!!!
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I agree. I meant that she always somehow, including the bad luck of others, seemed to be chosen to win. Maybe she had the on her side? Her reaction after winning the 95 US Open was shocking. She just didn't care about others. Hard to explain it, but that's what I meant by the last laugh. Record books will show over 20 Grand Slam titles, no matter how unfair they are.

Anyway, Monica is my favourite player ever and why I love tennis and have gotten into heated threads before on this so not going there again! Today!
Oh. lol.

I'm not trying to deny Steffi's talent. She was a great talent and a phenomenal athlete who was a legend even before Monica won her first Slam. But that question mark will always be held over her unfortunately. The stabbing really put a dampener in her legacy.

I agree. Steffi always managed to win everything in style and she even left the game on her own terms in a spectacular manner. I can totally understand her reaction after winning the 1995 US Open. She was so overcome with emotion because it was such a difficult time for her family and there was so much pressure on her with her greatest rival back. Afterwards, an elated Steffi told the press this was the greatest win of her career and nothing would ever come close to it.

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U got to believe to achieve. Go Martina!
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I think she can. Yes she loses to players she should beat, but she also has beaten a lot of the top players, and isn't that what you have to do in slams?
FO is her best chance for a GS, as she won't get 'bounced' off the court by the power players, and her game suits the surface.
I think FO 08 could be hers! (or maybe even 07 hehe!)
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Like I said before, I felt Hingis really thought she could win RG this year until she got sick with that bug she got. That's half the battle already...she believes she can win RG already...it's just the question of getting match fit in THE LATTER stages of a slam. Never say never. and yes, in fact Agassi even got more doubts than Hingis in winning RG.
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Since 2001, Martina's pattern has gone from up to down - meaning she does well in the first half of the year, then somehow finds a way to shoot herself in the foot from Wimbledon till January the next year. Since RG is generally in the late part of the first 6-months, Martina probably has a fighting chance...provided she actually makes some IMPROVEMENTS
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