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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.
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post #2 of 68 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 2002, 09:21 PM
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I hope she will come back.....

and I'm glad she gets on well with the great Monica.....

Good luck Martina
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post #3 of 68 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 2002, 09:23 PM
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Injury did not end Hingis career, Her career was over when she refused to inprove her serve. That was before her injury. She can still come back after she works on that serve. Everybody just eats up her serve now. I was really shocked at how she give away the Aus Open to Capriati. I think if she had won it, her confidence whould be better today.
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Thank you, Captain Obvious.
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Nice words from Monica and Jen

good luck in your comeback Martina!

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"If the fans and media gave her a break every once in a while, she may actually have found her confidence again.
Such wise words from Jenny.

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Capriati is an idiot..she simply can't do an interview without some catty comment about the Sisters...It's great to praise HIngis, but do it without slighting others...her comments about HIngis being better than Venus and Serena is so pathetic, it doesn't even pass the laugh test..

Hellloooo my imbecilic Jen Jen, the Williams have destroyed your butt...while you have had great success vs HIngis...btw. Ms Capriati...How many times have you beaten Venus...the Sisters chased HIngis from the game...now you are not far behind her...the Sisters have raised the game to a level that HIngis at her best could never reach and niether can you Jen Jen...

Give HIngis her due, she had a wonderful career...but don't cheapen your sentiments for Martina by using them to take a shot at the Williams...Hey Jennifer, if you can't beat 'em, just insult them every chance you get...WHAT A CLASSLESS ATHLETE CRAPIATI HAS ALWAYS BEEN!!!!
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Am I the only one who thinks this article smells a bit fishy? Can we please have a link to the original article? I'm not buying it.
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Capriati is an idiot..she simply can't do an interview without some catty comment about the Sisters...It's great to praise HIngis, but do it without slighting others...her comments about HIngis being better than Venus and Serena is so pathetic, it doesn't even pass the laugh test..

Hellloooo my imbecilic Jen Jen, the Williams have destroyed your butt...while you have had great success vs HIngis...btw. Ms Capriati...How many times have you beaten Venus...the Sisters chased HIngis from the game...now you are not far behind her...the Sisters have raised the game to a level that HIngis at her best could never reach and niether can you Jen Jen...

Give HIngis her due, she had a wonderful career...but don't cheapen your sentiments for Martina by using them to take a shot at the Williams...Hey Jennifer, if you can't beat 'em, just insult them every chance you get...WHAT A CLASSLESS ATHLETE CRAPIATI HAS ALWAYS BEEN!!!!

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Once again, I dont know why Will fans are getting all mad about these player comments. What matters the most is the trophys that Vee and Rena keep on taking away from these players. They dont need any validation from anyone. Their work does the talking.
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Trattree...thats why i slammed Jennifers reported comments....someone has to smoke out the idiots...why would Capriati's sentimental outpouring for HIngis involve comments undermining the Sisters...

Snuffkin...you are joking right...i have seen enough of the Sisters destroying Jennifer to realize that she has no clue as to what is required to beat them...she has lost 5 straight matches to Serena and has never beaten Venus..she is 0-4 versus the Goddess winning only one set in her career!!!! So how on earth could she be justified making those comments...all objective opinions have some logical criteria and non-objective opinions make the comments all the more foolish....like your post...i have beaten Venus the same number of times that Capriati has!!!!
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But have you held, what, 8 match points against Venus? Match points are not a win (Jen Cap knows that more than anyone, she has been both the victim and beneficiary of saved match points!), but she can obviously compete well with Venus, though she has come up winless. She is competent to speak about Venus' game versus other players. I did sense a bit of a dig against the sisters, though. She could have said Martina was the toughest and left it at that.

Is this article for real? I have never seen anyone in the press say Martina has "retired" even temporarily. She is only missing 3 tournaments and taking the rest of the year off. As far as I know, Monica is not playing anywhere, where are they getting comments from her? Does Monica give press quotes from home?

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I agree with Tracy. This article looks weird!

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Smells of one of Tee Rexx's articles, to be honest his are written much better

AmonRa, whatever. You don't play against them, you don't know them, you don't live on the tour, you don't have the pressure, you're not even close to these players. YOU. DON'T. KNOW.

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I would REALLY need a link to this article. I'm not sure that this article is a legitimate post. If not, the poster should be banned.

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