Players sympathy for marti
ZURICH, Switzerland: The sun in Zurich beamed down and touched everything in its site except for current World No. 11 Martina Hingis. Instead for her, the "downward spiral" that has probably ended her career swallowed her up, not only taking Hingis herself, but one of the most elite and dedicated tennis players in history.
It is no wonder the former World No.1 has decided to take a break from tennis. The gods are no longer smiling upon her and after her last two tournaments, she knew it was time to give the game away, atleast for a little while anyway. However, not many people realise just what Hingis has thrown away, not just in this decision, but in her career throughout. So many opportunities have passed her by and they've gradually worn her away to nothing. Her tank is empty and there is nothing that can help her to fill it again. When she delivered the news that she may have played tennis for the final time, one could not help but frown upon the woman who promised so much, upon the woman who was supposed to be the greatest of them all...of the woman who was supposed to conquer the women's game and everything that came with it.
However, not everyone has frowned upon her. Fellow tennis stars, Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles have both sympathised with the fading star, who has opted out of the tennis world for the time being. "Martina has always been a close friend of mine on the tour, and I have total faith in her." said Monica Seles when told of Hingis' decision to temporarily retire. "Whatever she decides, I'll be there to support her. Not the media, nor any of the fans know just what she has been through over the last two years. Her career has become plagued by ankle injuries and for someone with such talent this is an extremely sad situation. She has given the game so much and if there was anyone who had the game to beat the sisters, it was most definitely her." Hingis still to this day leads Venus in the head-to-head. However, she has not beaten either of the Williams girls since the Australian Open in 2001, when she typically came crashing down in the final of her most successful grand slam.
Jennifer Capriati backed Monica in saying that the ending of Hingis' career is a tragedy for women's tennis. "Martina had so much left in her, so much more she had to give the game. I really hope she gets the chance to return, like I did." Capriati questioned the media when asked about Hingis' situation. "If the fans and media gave her a break every once in a while, she may actually have found her confidence again. The expectations have been so high on her that perhaps this was the inevitable. Nobody knows how hard it is to live up to expectations, especially with the amount of top players on tour these days. Martina has been probably the best player I've had to play against. That's right, better than Venus or Serena when she's been in form."
Hingis has achieved so much already in her career but one cannot think of how much more she may have accomplished had her injury not haulted her career. Martina who was the youngest grand slam champion at the 1997 Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open has since won two more Australian Open titles, won 40 titles all together and has held the top ranking for over 200 weeks. She has given up her dream, her life and her career in an attempt to rediscover the passion and form she once had when she was just a young girl.