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bellascarlett
Dec 3rd, 2005, 04:23 PM
INTERVIEW-Hingis targets more grand slam glory
Sat Dec 3, 2005 4:41 PM GMT
By Mark Ledsom

ZURICH, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Former world number one Martina Hingis hopes to add to her tally of five grand slam singles titles following her surprise decision to return to the professional game.

Hingis says she is ready to challenge the world's best players, despite a three-year absence caused by a string of foot, heel and ankle problems.

"When you've been number one for four years, that's all you want, to compete with the best and possibly win grand slams," the 25-year-old told Reuters in an interview on Saturday.

"That's natural and the most normal thing for me."

The Swiss, who announced her surprise comeback last week, said she had no specific targets for next year and has not yet finalised exactly where and when she will make her competitive return.

Her manager Mario Widmer had earlier told reporters Hingis would "in all probability" compete at one of the Australian tournaments in January before her expected appearance at the Australian Open later that month.

"I don't want to talk about goals because I'm a very realistic person and don't want to live in a dream world," Hingis told Reuters.

"I would love to be world number one again, but I can only see if that's possible once I start competing again."


SAME FACES

Despite three years on the sidelines, Hingis will need little introduction to her biggest rivals once the new season starts.

Reassuringly perhaps for Hingis, the next generation of women's tennis players are yet to make much of an impact in the sport's upper reaches. Of the current top 10, only Russia's Maria Sharapova is yet to face the Swiss.

"When people ask me who I really want to play, I always say Sharapova," Hingis said.

"Firstly, because she's the only one I haven't played, but also because she's won Wimbledon and been number one herself, so she's probably the young girl to aim for right now.

"When I look at the rest of the top 10 and see that Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce, Amelie Mauresmo and the Belgian girls (Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin) are still at the top, that definitely gives me hope."

Even if Hingis's opponents do not instil fear, her feet could yet prove the biggest obstacle to her ambitious comeback.

Although her doctor, Heinz Buehlmann, has given the player a clean bill of health, he warned on Saturday she might have to limit her schedule to prevent any recurrences.

"The surgery that she had on her ankle joints was for partial or total ligament ruptures but these have now healed and present no problem," Buehlmann told reporters.

"With her feet, there was the problem of chronic inflammations which is actually not a problem any more.

"It's a case of how much pressure she puts on the feet though -- so it could come back depending on how many tournaments she plays and how much training she does."


http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=URI:urn:newsml:reuters.com:20051203:MTFH16 513_2005-12-03_16-41-11_L03733984:1

goldenlox
Dec 3rd, 2005, 04:25 PM
http://www.mariaworld.net/offcourt370.jpg

47eggs
Dec 3rd, 2005, 04:28 PM
Sharapova and hingis would be a great match to watch when hingis is warmed up.
Wonder who would win?
It'd be very competetive!

Penglover
Dec 3rd, 2005, 04:29 PM
Who is shorter? Hingis or Jie? :scared:

Mafia_Sharapova
Dec 3rd, 2005, 04:34 PM
Hingis :worship:

Sharapova :hearts:

bellascarlett
Dec 3rd, 2005, 04:35 PM
I'm so excited for this match-up...it's probably the match most people would be waiting for since Maria is the only top player Martina hasn't faced. I can just imagine the pressure for both girls at the same time the great motivation to beat the other. But yeah it has to be a fair match. It should be when Martina has already settled into tour playing again...:bounce:

eddie_hyden
Dec 3rd, 2005, 04:38 PM
http://www.mariaworld.net/offcourt370.jpg

wow hingis is like a hobbit next to sharapova :tape:

i do hope to see them play each other, better still if it's a competitive match, and it would be great if hingis pulls it off :devil:

-VSR-
Dec 3rd, 2005, 04:38 PM
I just get the feeling that Martina would confuse the hell out of Maria will all of her drop shots, and slices like JHH did.

bellascarlett
Dec 3rd, 2005, 04:43 PM
I just get the feeling that Martina would confuse the hell out of Maria will all of her drop shots, and slices like JHH did.

:lol: as a maria fan, hopefully not! haha...but yeah it would be intersting to see how their styles match up against one another...If they pay within the first few months of the season, I would expect Maria to pull it out (or else that would be embarrassing!) but towards the end of the season would likely be a different story...I just hope it stays competitive and that a new exciting rivalry would be born...

-VSR-
Dec 3rd, 2005, 04:48 PM
:lol: as a maria fan, hopefully not! haha...but yeah it would be intersting to see how their styles match up against one another...If they pay within the first few months of the season, I would expect Maria to pull it out (or else that would be embarrassing!) but towards the end of the season would likely be a different story...I just hope it stays competitive and that a new exciting rivalry would be born...

Yeah, I would think any Top 10 player to win in the earlier stages on the tour, because taking advantage of her lack of play. But who knows when they both start to get going.

Vincent
Dec 3rd, 2005, 04:51 PM
Oh, That was an old picture. Indeed Martina looks rather short in that picture, but considering how tall Maria is when she wear high heels, Martina isn't too short. :p
*Finding excuses for Martina*

Go Martina, Make Maria run for her money! ;)

SilK
Dec 3rd, 2005, 04:52 PM
Would make a great match up.

I'm curious to see how she will hold up against a player like Maria.

crazyroberto6767
Dec 3rd, 2005, 04:54 PM
Would make a great match up.

I'm curious to see how she will deal with a player like Maria.
I'm more curious to see how Maria will deal with a player like Martina. Should be interesting if Marti comes back full force.

Martian Jeza
Dec 3rd, 2005, 05:15 PM
It seems they are pretty good friends : Good thing for Martina and Maria :yeah:

VeeReeDavJCap81
Dec 3rd, 2005, 05:17 PM
It seems they are pretty good friends : Good thing for Martina and Maria :yeah:

Wow, you actually do say nice things. All I ever see from you is negativity, nice switch up.

Maria Croft
Dec 3rd, 2005, 05:39 PM
Maybe they can also play doubles together in grand slams in the future lol

iWill
Dec 3rd, 2005, 05:49 PM
Maria would have Hingis's number on grass but Martina would own Maria own clay and possibly on hardcourts if Maria's hardcourt game doesnt kick up just another little notch.

Veenut
Dec 3rd, 2005, 05:52 PM
Perhaps Martina thinks she has a good chance against Maria just like the other top players this year, even though most were not at their best. :)

I anxiously await next season!!! :cool:

daniela86
Dec 3rd, 2005, 05:53 PM
Maybe they can also play doubles together in grand slams in the future lol
That would be awesome :D :cool:
Martina and Maria are my 2 favourite players EVER (followed by Anna Kournikova :p ) I can't wait to see them playing against each other :bounce: :bounce: Hope it will happen soon :bounce: :rocker:

tennisjay
Dec 3rd, 2005, 06:04 PM
Maybe they can also play doubles together in grand slams in the future lol


Lets be real please do Maria even know anything about doubles, and as far as I know she have yet to even play doubles.

frenchie
Dec 3rd, 2005, 06:09 PM
Hingis will drive Maria crazy like Patty did in Rome, and like Anastasia!

matthieu_tennis
Dec 3rd, 2005, 06:10 PM
i would like to see how hingis would play against maria :),

nouf
Dec 3rd, 2005, 06:27 PM
i have some caps of this interview!

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VeeReeDavJCap81
Dec 3rd, 2005, 06:29 PM
Hmmmmmmm, Sharapova plays a lot like Serena...and Hingis had a lot of trouble with Serena. Then again, Sharapova has a lot of trouble with Clijsters and Serena has a 7-1 h2h vs. Kim. I guess it really comes down to how their games match up. Sharapova would probably have her way on grass, whereas Hingis would crush Maria on clay. Rebounce Ace could get interesting as both players play well on that surface.

nouf
Dec 3rd, 2005, 06:38 PM
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Slumpsova
Dec 3rd, 2005, 07:40 PM
i think the fans have highly expectation from Martina. come on, she hasn't play her first match yet you guys talking about troubling Maria Sharapova? :rolleyes:

SJW
Dec 3rd, 2005, 07:42 PM
I just get the feeling that Martina would confuse the hell out of Maria will all of her drop shots, and slices like JHH did.
to be honest i don't think Martina has a chance against Maria next year. maybe if she lasts until 07 she could do her thing. lets not forget she hasnt played competitively for 3 years...

jamatthews
Dec 3rd, 2005, 08:07 PM
Lets be real please do Maria even know anything about doubles, and as far as I know she have yet to even play doubles.

Lets be real please do you know anything about anything? Maria won 2 doubles titles as a 16 year old.

Hingiswinsthis
Dec 3rd, 2005, 10:23 PM
boy, our girl sure does know how to get the attention back on her! this board has been going bonkers for the past week and all those who said she will never pick up a raquet and play professional tennis are being behaved and thinking of a good schedule for Martina lol. I'm just so happy she is back. I love this quote:

"There are worse things out there in the world than losing a tennis match."

That attitude alone tells me she's no longer that cocky player she once was, not she's in it for the love of the game.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Dec 3rd, 2005, 10:31 PM
This would rather be one of the most interesting matches in a long time... But I have an issue.

Maria Sharapova is very tough.. and if her fitness keeps degradating herself at the same rate it is happening then Martina would be quite a match. But If Maria revives her fitness once again... Hingis's match would be boring. Why so? As you may know, Martina Hingis is a brilliant player, rather than a power player. She can indeed work in getting Maria to do the extra shot, but Maria can again be too powerful, and being driven off the court would be virtually impossible. My issue is that Martina hasn't matched power. At least from what I saw this year of her playing on WTT, she hasn't matched power. And players like Lindsay and Maria take advantage of this by doing the one, two, step unto the net.

I hope Martina has good tactics prepared.. or Maria keeps losing her fitness... or Martina becomes a powerplayer if she want to make a heck of a match of what could be a heck of an event.

F-R-E-A-K
Dec 3rd, 2005, 10:33 PM
Martina :hearts:

Steve-o
Dec 3rd, 2005, 10:40 PM
The Hingis publicity machine is in full flow :D
I look forward to any future meetings with Masha but Martina's got a lot of work to do :)

@m@nd@
Dec 3rd, 2005, 10:59 PM
:D i would love to see this match, with maria winning of course :devil:

manu32
Dec 3rd, 2005, 11:06 PM
easy for sharapova.....

morningglory
Dec 3rd, 2005, 11:13 PM
wow.... Maria and Martina have totally different games.... should be interesting...

GogoGirl
Dec 3rd, 2005, 11:58 PM
All,

I am so glad Martina spoke and is ready to play Maria. That will be a great matchup. Yet - she forgot the Williams' sisters as it pertained to the other players she named. Of course - she was speaking of the top ten. But like and old soul singer once sang - "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You.' She'll still have a battle on her hands with either sister, because they get UP for her.

I can hardly wait. And - I gots the tennis channel now too. When is the first tourney? January the what?

dinhd82
Dec 4th, 2005, 12:40 AM
look at this pic! so lovely!!!

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20051203/capt.sge.kvf25.031205220149.photo00.photo.default-263x384.jpg

bellascarlett
Dec 4th, 2005, 01:15 AM
Lets be real please do you know anything about anything? Maria won 2 doubles titles as a 16 year old.

:lol: :rocker2: Several seem to assume that Maria is clueless in doubles. She may not be playing any now but she has in the past and as you said even won titles. wtatour.com lists 3 doubles titles for Maria: one with Kirilenko at Birmingham weeks before Maria won Wimbledon, two with Tanasugarn in 2003 (Tokyo and Luxembourg).


I'm just so happy she is back. I love this quote:

"There are worse things out there in the world than losing a tennis match."
Hmmm...I just don't think she feels this statement 100% at the moment...;) Martina I believe has been dying to come back for a long time and clearly she aims for nothing but the top 10 (she even said she wants to be number 1 again)...

That attitude alone tells me she's no longer that cocky player she once was, not she's in it for the love of the game.

I also doubt she isn't as cocky as before. Wait until she starts winning matches...she'll be back to her old self in no time...and why hope for a less cocky Martina? She's more fun cocky and she'll definitely add a lot of intrigue and excitement to the game next season once she starts rolling with the comments...

I hope Martina has good tactics prepared.. or Maria keeps losing her fitness... or Martina becomes a powerplayer if she want to make a heck of a match of what could be a heck of an event.

Why would you hope for Maria to keep losing her fitness???! Just to have a tight match? Doesn't make sense especially coming from a Maria fan... :mad:

tommyk75
Dec 4th, 2005, 01:21 AM
Hingis needs to cut herself some bangs; she's got a lovely face, but it's so hard to notice with that prominent forehead of hers.

crazyroberto6767
Dec 4th, 2005, 01:21 AM
She actually hasn't said rash things for many years. If you look at her interviews from 2000 on, she was rather "well behaved" [including when she was winning for those who will say it's easy to say nice things when losing :p]. She grew up like most people do. She's confident now, no longer cocky. It doesn't mean she still doesn't speak her mind, but she does it more tastefully. I agree "There are worse things out there in the world than losing a tennis match." is a great quote and thinking from Marti. She's pretty good at putting tennis into perspective over the years, including her failures at Roland Garros. I love her longer hair as well :hearts:

dinhd82
Dec 4th, 2005, 01:24 AM
Hingis needs to cut herself some bangs; she's got a lovely face, but it's so hard to notice with that prominent forehead of hers.

Agree, esp since bangs r still in. That or wear headbands, which i think she looks fab with!

bellascarlett
Dec 4th, 2005, 01:27 AM
Hingis needs to cut herself some bangs; she's got a lovely face, but it's so hard to notice with that prominent forehead of hers.

:tape:

Infiniti2001
Dec 4th, 2005, 01:27 AM
i think the fans have highly expectation from Martina. come on, she hasn't play her first match yet you guys talking about troubling Maria Sharapova? :rolleyes:

Thank you!! It's been 3 frigging years people--- Hopefully Maria will kill her :lol:

jojoseph
Dec 4th, 2005, 01:28 AM
She's the bombzola!

Good times ahead for the WTA :bounce:

Mr_Molik
Dec 4th, 2005, 01:43 AM
martina would own maria

Zauber
Dec 4th, 2005, 01:49 AM
boy oh boy I just hope she will be able to fullfill all of our expections.
But if not it was exiting that she tried.

Sir Stefwhit
Dec 4th, 2005, 03:14 AM
Hmmmmmmm, Sharapova plays a lot like Serena...and Hingis had a lot of trouble with Serena... Sharapova would probably have her way on grass, whereas Hingis would crush Maria on clay. Rebounce Ace could get interesting as both players play well on that surface.
Both Serena and Sharapova play the same kind of offensive tennis, but that's where the similarities end. One big difference is their defensive play and if Serena is as fit as she can be it's harder to win a point off her because she can track down so many balls and turn a defensive play into an offensive play. One tactic that players tend to use, with a good degree of success, is to get Maria on the run and mix things up as well, something Hingis can really do well. With that said, Hingis can also be overpowered and when it comes to power, Maria has no problems in that department. Maria at her best is a constant force of power and unlike some of the other big hitters she doesn't give that many free points away (although lately she hasn't been herself in that department) . I think if each player played one another at their respecticve best, I'd put my money on Hingis. The problem for Hingis is that this isn't 1997. It should be a fun matchup and although I'd root for Hingis, today I'd put my money on Sharapova.

Dawn Marie
Dec 4th, 2005, 03:23 AM
Hingis actually has enough power herself. If she could do what Justine did and get herself fit as can be then I think she can beat Masha. Martina has to work on her own game and work on coming into net and putting some pace on that serve. People will attack that serve and win more free points.

New
Dec 4th, 2005, 03:24 AM
This is gonna be exciting!! I can't wait!:D

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Dec 4th, 2005, 03:24 AM
ROFL! :haha:

bellascarlett
Dec 4th, 2005, 03:54 AM
ROFL! :haha:

what are you ROFL for?

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Dec 4th, 2005, 03:58 AM
People's opinoins are so funny!

Portobello
Dec 4th, 2005, 04:06 AM
It'd be so interesting match-up :D

cant wait to see it!!:banana:

azinna
Dec 4th, 2005, 04:24 AM
Wow. Aussie Open 2006 match, a mention of the Top Ten, even #1, and now a piece of Maria....You'd think she'd try and keep public expectations low.

October
Dec 4th, 2005, 04:33 AM
If Hingis gets back to her top play, she can really cause trouble to Maria. On thing more if she can also handle Marias servve!!! :rolleyes:
Will be an Interesting matchup though! :eek:

Hingie
Dec 4th, 2005, 06:06 AM
It's true - some Hingis fans i think are expecting a lot out of her. I for one have not see her play and i don't think the WTT form is much to go by.

I would just be happy for her to remain competitive and slowly regain her confidence out there. It would be tragic if women's power tennis has brushed her talent play aside and she leaves the game once again.

bellascarlett
Dec 4th, 2005, 06:08 AM
Here's probably the best article I've read about Hingis' comeback so far. It has her views sprayed throughout...It's worth reading. You begin to understand her reasons for wanting to come back even more and it's really not as simple as her missing playing, competing, and winning. I now believe that Martina really thought about this. :)



The Sunday Times December 04, 2005
Tennis: 'I've beaten Sharapova before. Let's see who is better now'
Andrew Longmore in Zurich

In an exclusive interview, Martina Hingis reveals why she is making a comeback and says she can win even more titles

In a nondescript room in a Swiss airport hotel, against a backdrop of a blood-red curtain, one of the greatest players in the women’s game yesterday explained why she would be returning to the court after an absence of three years. “It’s like the good old days,” said Martina Hingis, peering through the flashing cameras and the television lights.

If the game has moved on, Hingis has changed very little. The high forehead, the hair swept back, the nervous giggle, the prim manner. Ever the Swiss Miss. Neither has an endearing talent for speaking her mind or the competitive instinct dimmed with the passing of time. There is an arrogance in every great champion and Hingis, the youngest ever world No 1 and second-youngest Wimbledon singles champion, is no different.

Once the crowds had gone and the careful platitudes been shelved, Hingis let her guard slip momentarily. Whom is she most looking forward to playing? “Maria Sharapova,” she says. “I want to see what she’s got. We practised together when she was 12 and I was 17. I won that one, but it’ll be interesting to see who is better now.”

When the women’s Tour last saw her it was October 2002 and she was suffering from chronic inflammation of both heels and, maybe, a natural dulling of the competitive desire. At the time, nobody expected Hingis to be out of the game so long. She was 14 when she began, only 22 when she left, taking 40 singles titles and £10m with her back home to Zurich. She turned to commentary, riding her horses in showjumping competitions and channelled her adrenaline into driving her yellow Porsche at first-serve speed to her English classes. Only slowly, with the easing of the pain, did she seriously begin to contemplate a return to full-time competition. “The procedure,” she calls it.

First came a tilt at team tennis in New York where she met and beat an ageing, but ageless, Martina Navratilova and a few players ranked about 70 in the best-of-five-game format. But it was back in Zurich and her home tournament last October that the attractions of the gilded cage finally outweighed the enticing freedom of life outside the court. “I was working behind the scenes,” she says. “I was really that close, watching it all and commentating on it and the court was beautiful. I thought, ‘I want to play on that’. I’m three years older and I still have time to do this. That’s why I’m doing it. I didn’t want to get to 30 and wonder what might have happened. Yes, it might hurt. My body’s hurting right now after practising, but you’ve got to take risks in life and maybe for the first time I’m playing for myself. I have people who are supporting me for sure, my mother (Melanie Molitor) is my coach again, but it’s me standing on the court.”

Encouragement came from within, from a search of her competitive soul and from watching old adversaries Mary Pierce and Lindsay Davenport compete in Grand Slam finals. She was blessed with good timing in her career, so why not in her comeback. Between the demise of Steffi Graf and Monica Seles and the whirlwind rise of the Williams sisters, Hingis exploited a window of opportunity. In 1997, her dominant year, her final opponents in three Grand Slam wins were Pierce (Australia), Jana Novotna (Wimbledon) and Venus Williams (US Open). Williams was playing only her third Grand Slam event. Hingis’s game then was noted for its cuckoo-clock precision and sheer tenacity more than its power. She out-thought opponents, dissected them with all the studious concentration of a crossword-puzzler. Her most powerful serve was timed at 104mph, a speed Serena would regard as a mis-hit. When Hingis left the Tour she was ranked 11 in the world and just hanging on to a game being bludgeoned into new realms by the inexplicable phenomenon of Serena Williams. And it is here that you fear for Hingis. “Times have changed . . . it has got so much more professional,” she said on missing a mere four months with injury in September 2002. So how far has the game moved on in three years? Were Hingis to return to the top rank now, only Justin Henin-Hardenne would be smaller than her 5ft 7in. Hingis was a supreme strategist, but the predominant strategy of the game now is who can hit the line quickest and hardest. Hingis v Sharapova would sell seats like a world title bout, but the spectacle might be just as brutal.

“There will always be fear and doubts,” she counters. “But the Russians are quickly satisfied; if they win one year, the next you don’t hear from them. The Williams sisters have not been as dominant recently. I have to get better, especially with the physical part of the game. I can’t expect to go into a tournament and win 6-0 6-0 any more. I can’t allow myself to have any weaknesses. But it’s still the same girls at the top.”

Encouragement has been drawn from a variety of sources, from successful comebacks by Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles, from the way Henin-Hardenne has combated the bigger hitters, and the effortless dominance of Roger Federer, her countryman. Practising with Henin- Hardenne recently reinforced Hingis’s view that she was not far off. But, in reality, her judgment was less than objective. A decision to come back was taken in a split second but has been three years in the making. Not long ago, Hingis played Gabriela Sabatini in an exhibition in front of a crowd of 9,000 and talked afterwards of the “chill” of competing again. “Even in front of 3,000 or so at Team Tennis, I got a real buzz,” she explains. “I missed it.”

The unknown factor is the capacity of a body less resilient than the mind. “I have to be willing to take the risk, to pay the price and play with pain. The question is how much pain can you take? If I lose I hope I can handle that now. I’ve gained more confidence in my life outside tennis. I just hope my body will hold together.”

No schedule has yet been announced, but a queue of promoters will be lining up to offer her wild cards. The Australian Open, where she reached the final in six consecutive years, would be a fitting first major.

Hingis never lacked courage or confidence, but both will be tested to the limit in the coming months. No less than boxers, tennis players are loathe to admit the truth and the truth might just be painful. Unquestionably, though, if she has missed the game, the game has missed her just as much. The danger for both is that even a child prodigy might not be able to reclaim the good old days.


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2094-1903056,00.html
Here's another one by the way from Matthew Cronin: http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/5135798

bellascarlett
Dec 4th, 2005, 06:16 AM
Whom is she most looking forward to playing? “Maria Sharapova,” she says. “I want to see what she’s got. We practised together when she was 12 and I was 17. I won that one, but it’ll be interesting to see who is better now.”

Again I question the accuracy of her recollection. Martina at 25 is 7 years older than Maria who is now only 18. Maria probably was 10 or had just turned 11 back when they practiced together...either that or Martina was 19 to Maria's 12...but if someone can verify what age Maria was at this time as my sig is on the line...haha...:lol:


“There will always be fear and doubts,” she counters. “But the Russians are quickly satisfied; if they win one year, the next you don’t hear from them. :tape: :lol: Oh Martina! Here we go...but she's probably right...but I would have to exclude Maria here. She fought hard at all Slams this year reaching 3 semis. Nastya's mom was sick so she's also probably an exclusion...which only leaves Sveta... :tape:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Dec 4th, 2005, 06:20 AM
Nice article bellascarlet.. always uplifting posts!

Hingie
Dec 4th, 2005, 06:23 AM
Hey - thanks for the article - a great read.

What's wrong with the last comment? ;) COM ON! The girl is direct, that's what we love about her.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Dec 4th, 2005, 06:26 AM
:tape: :lol: Oh Martina! Here we go...but she's probably right...but I would have to exclude Maria here. She fought hard at all Slams this year reaching 3 semis. Nastya's mom was sick so she's also probably an exclusion...which only leaves Sveta... :tape:

Maria can't speak for all Russians.... But I am sure Maria freaked out everyone at her 4 major semi finals...

bellascarlett
Dec 4th, 2005, 06:26 AM
Your welcome...I know there's nothing wrong with her comment...nothing wrong at all...I even edited my post before you probably posted to say she's probably right but I still would have to defend Maria! She made her presence known in the Slams this year. She was a legitimate threat at all of them except the French maybe...

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Dec 4th, 2005, 07:01 AM
i think she will play Sydney or maybe Hong Komng to see how she goes against the Top players

Slumpsova
Dec 4th, 2005, 07:11 AM
"The Williams sisters have not been as dominant recently."

i guess that was the point of coming back :lol:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Dec 4th, 2005, 07:14 AM
i guess that was the point of coming back :lol:

:p Probably is that... or probably she meant everyone has their ups and downs...

Munchen
Dec 4th, 2005, 07:21 AM
Hopefully they'll play some very exciting matches. :)

madame_maria
Dec 4th, 2005, 07:28 AM
i PERSONALLY actually think that Martina's comment about Russians in general is pretty rude. and i think people only let her say that because she used to be the best for quite a while but seriously the tides have changed.

it's not fair to over-generalize superficially based on pure tennis statistics of the Russian players this year. everyone had respective reasons. Anastacia's mum had cancer she would MOST DEFINITELY be distracted for a while. Maria's pectoral injury kept holding her back from moving forward. Svetlana hit a new low in terms of confidence and form. C'mon, no one joins the wta tour and take tennis as a career to just win a million bucks in a year and be satisfied. tennis is a career for them, and not like some lottery shit.

we should all just be quiet, sit back and wait for them to play competitively and then judge the outcome. it's too soon for ANY judgements because we haven't seen Martina played on the professional circuit yet and we don't know the exact level of fitness that Maria is at now.

argh.

bellascarlett
Dec 4th, 2005, 07:28 AM
i guess that was the point of coming back :lol:

I think it's definitely one of many reasons...at least from her perspective...:)

Greenout
Dec 4th, 2005, 07:33 AM
Here's probably the best article I've read about Hingis' comeback so far. It has her views sprayed throughout...It's worth reading. You begin to understand her reasons for wanting to come back even more and it's really not as simple as her missing playing, competing, and winning. I now believe that Martina really thought about this. :)



The Sunday Times December 04, 2005
Tennis: 'I've beaten Sharapova before. Let's see who is better now'
Andrew Longmore in Zurich

In an exclusive interview, Martina Hingis reveals why she is making a comeback and says she can win even more titles

In a nondescript room in a Swiss airport hotel, against a backdrop of a blood-red curtain, one of the greatest players in the women’s game yesterday explained why she would be returning to the court after an absence of three years. “It’s like the good old days,” said Martina Hingis, peering through the flashing cameras and the television lights.

If the game has moved on, Hingis has changed very little. The high forehead, the hair swept back, the nervous giggle, the prim manner. Ever the Swiss Miss. Neither has an endearing talent for speaking her mind or the competitive instinct dimmed with the passing of time. There is an arrogance in every great champion and Hingis, the youngest ever world No 1 and second-youngest Wimbledon singles champion, is no different.

Once the crowds had gone and the careful platitudes been shelved, Hingis let her guard slip momentarily. Whom is she most looking forward to playing? “Maria Sharapova,” she says. “I want to see what she’s got. We practised together when she was 12 and I was 17. I won that one, but it’ll be interesting to see who is better now.”

When the women’s Tour last saw her it was October 2002 and she was suffering from chronic inflammation of both heels and, maybe, a natural dulling of the competitive desire. At the time, nobody expected Hingis to be out of the game so long. She was 14 when she began, only 22 when she left, taking 40 singles titles and £10m with her back home to Zurich. She turned to commentary, riding her horses in showjumping competitions and channelled her adrenaline into driving her yellow Porsche at first-serve speed to her English classes. Only slowly, with the easing of the pain, did she seriously begin to contemplate a return to full-time competition. “The procedure,” she calls it.

First came a tilt at team tennis in New York where she met and beat an ageing, but ageless, Martina Navratilova and a few players ranked about 70 in the best-of-five-game format. But it was back in Zurich and her home tournament last October that the attractions of the gilded cage finally outweighed the enticing freedom of life outside the court. “I was working behind the scenes,” she says. “I was really that close, watching it all and commentating on it and the court was beautiful. I thought, ‘I want to play on that’. I’m three years older and I still have time to do this. That’s why I’m doing it. I didn’t want to get to 30 and wonder what might have happened. Yes, it might hurt. My body’s hurting right now after practising, but you’ve got to take risks in life and maybe for the first time I’m playing for myself. I have people who are supporting me for sure, my mother (Melanie Molitor) is my coach again, but it’s me standing on the court.”

Encouragement came from within, from a search of her competitive soul and from watching old adversaries Mary Pierce and Lindsay Davenport compete in Grand Slam finals. She was blessed with good timing in her career, so why not in her comeback. Between the demise of Steffi Graf and Monica Seles and the whirlwind rise of the Williams sisters, Hingis exploited a window of opportunity. In 1997, her dominant year, her final opponents in three Grand Slam wins were Pierce (Australia), Jana Novotna (Wimbledon) and Venus Williams (US Open). Williams was playing only her third Grand Slam event. Hingis’s game then was noted for its cuckoo-clock precision and sheer tenacity more than its power. She out-thought opponents, dissected them with all the studious concentration of a crossword-puzzler. Her most powerful serve was timed at 104mph, a speed Serena would regard as a mis-hit. When Hingis left the Tour she was ranked 11 in the world and just hanging on to a game being bludgeoned into new realms by the inexplicable phenomenon of Serena Williams. And it is here that you fear for Hingis. “Times have changed . . . it has got so much more professional,” she said on missing a mere four months with injury in September 2002. So how far has the game moved on in three years? Were Hingis to return to the top rank now, only Justin Henin-Hardenne would be smaller than her 5ft 7in. Hingis was a supreme strategist, but the predominant strategy of the game now is who can hit the line quickest and hardest. Hingis v Sharapova would sell seats like a world title bout, but the spectacle might be just as brutal.

“There will always be fear and doubts,” she counters. “But the Russians are quickly satisfied; if they win one year, the next you don’t hear from them. The Williams sisters have not been as dominant recently. I have to get better, especially with the physical part of the game. I can’t expect to go into a tournament and win 6-0 6-0 any more. I can’t allow myself to have any weaknesses. But it’s still the same girls at the top.”

Encouragement has been drawn from a variety of sources, from successful comebacks by Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles, from the way Henin-Hardenne has combated the bigger hitters, and the effortless dominance of Roger Federer, her countryman. Practising with Henin- Hardenne recently reinforced Hingis’s view that she was not far off. But, in reality, her judgment was less than objective. A decision to come back was taken in a split second but has been three years in the making. Not long ago, Hingis played Gabriela Sabatini in an exhibition in front of a crowd of 9,000 and talked afterwards of the “chill” of competing again. “Even in front of 3,000 or so at Team Tennis, I got a real buzz,” she explains. “I missed it.”

The unknown factor is the capacity of a body less resilient than the mind. “I have to be willing to take the risk, to pay the price and play with pain. The question is how much pain can you take? If I lose I hope I can handle that now. I’ve gained more confidence in my life outside tennis. I just hope my body will hold together.”

No schedule has yet been announced, but a queue of promoters will be lining up to offer her wild cards. The Australian Open, where she reached the final in six consecutive years, would be a fitting first major.

Hingis never lacked courage or confidence, but both will be tested to the limit in the coming months. No less than boxers, tennis players are loathe to admit the truth and the truth might just be painful. Unquestionably, though, if she has missed the game, the game has missed her just as much. The danger for both is that even a child prodigy might not be able to reclaim the good old days.


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2094-1903056,00.html
Here's another one by the way from Matthew Cronin: http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/5135798



Ummm... If I were Martina, I wouldn't use hitting with Justine in March 2005 as a barometer of the current top 10 or even tour level.

Justine in March as you all may have seen at Miami was over weight and huffy, puffing, and 3 steps slower than her usual, or even the Roland Garros 2005 form. She got beaten by Maria, and looked pretty damn slow in the 3rd set in Miami. Justine also wasn't hitting as hard as she could, not working the forehand. If I recall correctly, Maria outplayed her really
in the first set.

If Hingis's new hot form is the = of March 2005's Justine's pudgy, no confidence out of,and no matches under her belt form then I can't see her defeating Maria! (Besides.... Justine defeated Maria by holding her all own service games on clay RG. It wasn't all about the drop shots. She served really big. I'm not sure if Martina's serve is that big now).

Yonexforever
Dec 4th, 2005, 07:34 AM
Funny she didnt mention either Williams sister who OWNS her!!!

Greenout
Dec 4th, 2005, 07:39 AM
Funny she didnt mention either Williams sister who OWNS her!!!


I'm curious to see if Martina can beat Jankovic, rather than a Maria. This to me is where we'll really see if she's back in the groove. Forget the top 10 stars of grand slams.

bellascarlett
Dec 4th, 2005, 07:45 AM
I'm curious to see if Martina can beat Jankovic, rather than a Maria. This to me is where we'll really see if she's back in the groove. Forget the top 10 stars of grand slams.

haha but if you also read through the cronin article, I think Martina really believes she could take on Maria even if they face at the AO or gold coast first rounds...saying that if they play now she doesn't know who'll win...I wanted to say WTF but I'd rather not because you never know...but clearly the girl has self-confidence up to the high heavens!

Greenout
Dec 4th, 2005, 07:53 AM
haha but if you also read through the cronin article, I think Martina really believes she could take on Maria even if they face at the AO or gold coast first rounds...saying that if they play now she doesn't know who'll win...I wanted to say WTF but I'd rather not because you never know...but clearly the girl has self-confidence up to the high heavens!


What I find rather cute, and hysterical is how the critics, and journalists
seem to be bring up some of these past head to heads, to imply that it's still the same. Mary, Justine etc...


You know... when Steffi played dubs with Justine and Marat at the Roland Garros exhibition this summer in her press conference some interesting comments were made. Steffi said that an effort was made to train because she didn't want to look so slow next to Justine.

Steffi is honest, she may be the uber champion, but Marat- and Justine have done alot of work these past years while she retired. And things have changed.

I'm wondering if maybe Hingis's ego may be a bit too far off to realize that
she does have winning record against alot of players on tour now, some who have grand slams- but she lost 3 years of work off tour. This is the basic problem that Justine and her coach Carlos talks about everytime she's sick or injured, and not playing for 7 weeks. All the players move along, and something does change - even miniscule. Ok- they may not change their style of game or introduce a new shot, but everyone get's more experience, and stable.

xin_hui
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:04 AM
Maria can't speak for all Russians.... But I am sure Maria freaked out everyone at her 4 major semi finals...

4 major semi-finals? you must have included the YEC, otherwise it should only be 3;)

and yeah, she really freaked out everyone. she lost all her major semi-finals:tape:

Greenout
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:06 AM
4 major semi-finals? you must have included the YEC, otherwise it should only be 3;)

and yeah, she really freaked out everyone. she lost all her major semi-finals:tape:


But, you've gotta give MS credit. She never lost ANY of her grand slam finals.


:p

xin_hui
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:08 AM
But, you've gotta give MS credit. She never lost ANY of her grand slam finals.


:p

gaston gaudio and thomas johansson's also never lost ANY of their grand slam finals:p

they are pretty great players too, eh?;)

harloo
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:09 AM
“But the Russians are quickly satisfied; if they win one year, the next you don’t hear from them. The Williams sisters have not been as dominant recently.

So now we see the REAL reason Hingis has all of the sudden decided to come back. Instead of staying the course and adjusting to the competition she chose to simply bow out and wait until the injuries and consistency to drop before she made her second coming.

While I never have been a fan of Chris Evert, when the going got tough and Martina Nav was whipping her she did not bow out. Instead she got her head out of the sand and worked on her conditioning. I wonder why Hingis let the power players run her away from the tour.

The funny thing is that I am actually excited about her return, but it seems Martina is still Martina. Her mouth always seems to write a check her ass can't cash. Even if you love her or hate her, her comments are never boring.:lol:

Anyways I think she can be a factor again if she tightens up her fitness. I remember the match she played again Venus at the USO in the 2000 semis. She played some aggressive tennis which was a slight change from her usual defesive play. I always felt Martina was reluctant to improve her game, but now she seems ready for the challenge. Hope it's not too late.;)

bellascarlett
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:14 AM
What I find rather cute, and hysterical is how the critics, and journalists
seem to be bring up some of these past head to heads, to imply that it's still the same. Mary, Justine etc...


You know... when Steffi played dubs with Justine and Marat at the Roland Garros exhibition this summer in her press conference some interesting comments were made. Steffi said that an effort was made to train because she didn't want to look so slow next to Justine.

Steffi is honest, she may be the uber champion, but Marat- and Justine have done alot of work these past years while she retired. And things have changed.

I'm wondering if maybe Hingis's ego may be a bit too far off to realize that
she does have winning record against alot of players on tour now, some who have grand slams- but she lost 3 years or work off tour. This is the basic problem that Justine and her coach Carlos talks about everytime she's sick or injury, and not playing for 7 weeks. All the players move along, and something does change - even miniscule. Ok- they may not change their style of game or introduce a new shot, but everyone get's more experience, and stable.

Thing is I think Steffi has managed to completely move on whereas Martina, despite what she's said in the past, hasn't. Steffi had a very successful long career while Martina, although accomplished, has still a lot of questions lingering in her head. She even admits this in the interview. The way she went out 3 years ago was not a good exit for someone of her caliber and someone with such a huge ego as you say.

The way I see it Martina's ego yes is huge - the kind that despite trying to prepare herself for a few disappointments, despite trying to convince herself that she may need to work much harder and up her game from 3 years ago, makes her still believe that when all is well she remains the best player out there. But this for me is typical champion's attitude. I think she is trying to make an effort to be as realistic as she can but alas her ego is still what it used to be. Nothing wrong with this though as long as she delivers when it is necessary for her to. This we will have to wait and see.

Greenout
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:17 AM
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So now we see the REAL reason Hingis has all of the sudden decided to come back. Instead of staying the course and adjusting to the competition she chose to simply bow out and wait until the injuries and consistency to drop before she made her second coming.

While I never have been a fan of Chris Evert, when the going got tough and Martina Nav was whipping her she did not bow out. Instead she got her head out of the sand and worked on her conditioning. I wonder why Hingis let the power players run her away from the tour.

The funny thing is that I am actually excited about her return, but it seems Martina is still Martina. Her mouth always seems to write a check her ass can't cash. Even if you love her or hate her, her comments are never boring.:lol:

Anyways I think she can be a factor again if she tightens up her fitness. I remember the match she played again Venus at the USO in the 2000 semis. She played some aggressive tennis which was a slight change from her usual defesive play. I always felt Martina was reluctant to improve her game, but now she seems ready for the challenge. Hope it's not too late.;)


She gives great fun interviews. :lol:

I think the tour has been too sweet, and nice of late. We need big characters with big ambitions, and unshameless about it too. Sadly, they weren't around too much during the indoor season (hello WS, JHH, Maria!)

It's good that we have Martina to look forward, and big "bragging rights" entertainment for 2006. :p

Knizzle
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:19 AM
It's hard to judge where Hingis will be, but if somehow she was at her 2000 level she would definitely be able to take down Sharapova. As of now I'd put my money on Maria.

Greenout
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:21 AM
Thing is I think Steffi has managed to completely move on whereas Martina, despite what she's said in the past, hasn't. Steffi had a very successful long career while Martina, although accomplished, has still a lot of questions lingering in her head. She even admits this in the interview. The way she went out 3 years ago was not a good exit for someone of her caliber and someone with such a huge ego as you say.

The way I see it Martina's ego yes is huge - the kind that despite trying to prepare herself for a few disappointments, despite trying to convince herself that she may need to work much harder and up her game from 3 years ago, makes her still believe that when all is well she remains the best player out there. But this for me is typical champion's attitude. I think she is trying to make an effort to be as realistic as she can but alas her ego is still what it used to be. Nothing wrong with this though as long as she delivers when it is necessary for her to. This we will have to wait and see.


So, true. I think the Roland Garros no slam is one of those things that
bugs her to no end. Iva Majoli 1997? Especially, in the light of the fact that
since then it's been passed around every year until 2005.

bellascarlett
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:25 AM
She gives great fun interviews. :lol:

I think the tour has been too sweet, and nice of late. We need big characters with big ambitions, and unshameless about it too. Sadly, they weren't around too much during the indoor season (hello WS, JHH, Maria!)

It's good that we have Martina to look forward, and big "bragging rights" entertainment for 2006. :p

Yup she is never boring indeed. And as I was not yet a fan of tennis when she was still on the throne, I am greatly looking forward to watching her add some spice to the tour next year. I really wonder what the other players are thinking as of this moment about the things Martina has said and about her comeback. Undoubtedly, however, this intention of Martina to join the tour has increased their motivation to prepare as best they could for next season.

jimbo mack
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:59 AM
“But the Russians are quickly satisfied; if they win one year, the next you don’t hear from them.

martina :lol:

she's back!

Greenout
Dec 4th, 2005, 11:51 AM
martina :lol:

she's back!


Thanks for pointing the comments from the interview. At least we know her quotes are getting back on form. :lol: :p


“But the Russians are quickly satisfied; if they win one year, the next you don’t hear from them - M. Hingis

hingis-seles
Dec 4th, 2005, 02:02 PM
"If you think that she doesn't think she can beat Sharapova, you're kidding yourself," an industry source that is close to Hingis said last winter. "She's looked at the tour during the last year and sees that the players who were giving her the most trouble when she retired — the Williams sisters, Davenport and Capriati — are close to retirement or not playing as well as they used to. She thinks she can return as an improved player."

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/5135798

eddie_hyden
Dec 4th, 2005, 02:35 PM
thanks for the interview...

gosh i'm getting excited ;)