View Full Version : Sharapova stunned by ban of her childhood idol Hingis

Jan 9th, 2008, 11:17 AM

By Andrew Mullen, PA Sport, Hong Kong

Two-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova admitted she was surprised to see childhood idol Martina Hingis handed a two-year ban following a doping offence.

Hingis tested positive for cocaine following her defeat by Laura Granville at Wimbledon last year and on Friday was handed the ban by the International Tennis Federation.

The 27-year-old, who spent three years away from the sport before returning in 2006, retired from tennis last November after revealing she had tested positive.

The former world number one and five-time grand slam winner returned a positive result from a routine urine sample following the defeat by Granville, but has previously insisted she was "100% innocent."

And Sharapova, who suffered a 6-4 6-3 defeat by Venus Williams in the final of JB Group Classic in Hong Kong on Saturday, had nothing but praise for the Swiss star.

"Martina has always been super nice to me," she said.

"It is definitely sad to see as to this day I think she is an incredible champion and in front of my eyes she has always been an incredibly hard worker from spending extra hours on the court to extra time in the gym.

"She has been one of the toughest examples, especially when I was growing up, to see the work ethic she put in to what she did was incredible. I think it is just as surprising to me as it is to anyone else. I always wanted to be like her in those days when I was younger. She was always playing in the matches that you would want to be in - the ones that everyone wanted to watch."

Jan 9th, 2008, 11:19 AM
very nice words from masha :)

Jan 9th, 2008, 11:21 AM
stop trying to be like Venus:unsure:

Jan 9th, 2008, 11:24 AM
Nicest words then Venus :p

But I think she thinks she is guilty.

Jan 9th, 2008, 11:27 AM
But I think she thinks she is guilty.


Jan 9th, 2008, 11:28 AM
Wow!Is this news slightly late?:unsure:

I bet Maria was very shocked as if the news was just reported today.:p

Jan 9th, 2008, 11:30 AM
probably the reporter was shocked that maria was shocked and couldn't gEt It ToGeThEr to write down an article? ;)

Jan 9th, 2008, 11:33 AM
oh that was very nice...bravo maria for the nice words...

Jan 9th, 2008, 11:34 AM
Oh come on people we are talking about someone who stopped the Wimbledon celebrations so she could get some cell reception :tape:

Hingis is innocent, end of story!

Jan 9th, 2008, 11:46 AM
She admires Hingis' work ethic? :lol:

You know for someone who admires Hingis, there's really nothing about her game that shows it.