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Golovinjured.
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:25 PM
4 years ago from now, Hingis had just made the QF of the Australian Open losing to Kim Clijsters in 3 sets. She went on to reach #7 in the world. She won 2 x Tier I's. She beat the likes of Sharapova, Venus, Davenport and Dementieva.

She also lost to the likes of Granville, Sugiyama and Peng. She never went past the QF of a slam. Her 2007 YE ranking of #19 was her first non-TOP 10 YE ranking since 1995. Many would argue this tainted her legacy.



With all this talk of a potential Hingis comeback, how much do you think she could realistically achieve, and do you think she should do it? Just doubles? Vote in my poll. ;)

Chrissie-fan
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:38 PM
Come back and only play doubles. I would like to see her play singles as well, but in order to be competitive at the highest level it has to be the single most important thing in your life and I don't think that this is or ever will be again the case for Martina.

barmaid
Feb 3rd, 2010, 01:57 PM
According to today's article in our local newspaper, Martina is committed to play WTT this year and having been so succcessful in 2006 :worship:with that league it just might spark some hunger to return but I doubt it very much. Martina has recently spoke about her current life, she has accepted a contract to do some modelling for an agency:hearts:, she lives with her boyfriend (lawyer) :kiss:will do some exhibition matches and of course she is still involved with horse-jumping so she leads a pretty full life...but I do agree with the poster Jerriy that she shouldn't have retired in 2002....maybe take a 6 months break but 4 years was too much. To regroup now at 29 seems too unrealistic:sad:

Barmaid:wavey:

kiwifan
Feb 3rd, 2010, 07:09 PM
oops, read it wrong...I think she's "not going to comeback at all" but I don't mind if she does...

...she should follow her bliss :angel:

frenchie
Feb 3rd, 2010, 07:12 PM
Where is the "comeback and bring your friends Myskina and Kournikova with you" option?

#1SteffiGraf#1
Feb 3rd, 2010, 07:30 PM
Why cant she come back and play doubles for a while, then add singles too? She should be fresh since her hiatus the past few seasons.

Shvedbarilescu
Feb 3rd, 2010, 07:45 PM
It's up to her what she does. If she doesn't feel like coming back to the tour then there is no reason why she should. But she does what to play some WTA matches again, in either singles or doubles, there is no reason why she shouldn't.

As for expectations, if she were to comeback my expectations would be quite modest and I suspect if she cameback hers would be too. I certainly would not expect her to have the kind of impact Henin or Clijsters had in their comebacks. But there is no doubt she would win some matches and display the kind of skills a lot of folks miss from her. And if she enjoys that, then that is enough. I don't subscribe to the logic that if she isn't in the top 10 or winning slams or something like that she is damaging her reputation. Her reputation has already been established and if she comes back again on a casual parttime sort of basis and becomes a dangerous floater ranked somewhere in the top 50 but most likely outside the top 20 that would be plenty good enough.

danieln1
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:13 PM
It will all depends on WTT: If she´s able to beat current players there, than her chances increases to comeback, it would be so great, but I think it is very not likelely she´ll return

Hopefully she´ll do another exhibition against Kournikova here in Rio, where I could see both of them live!

goldenlox
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:30 PM
She said that she stays in form. Lets see how she plays this summer.

hdfb
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:38 PM
She needs to stay fit, lose the fat that resembles baby fat that she has gained. Work on a serve, goundstrokes that are deeper and add more pressure to her opponent than her 2006 game, she got blasted away too many times from lower-tiered opponents.

dscho99
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:43 PM
4 years ago from now, Hingis had just made the QF of the Australian Open losing to Kim Clijsters in 3 sets. She went on to reach #7 in the world. She won 2 x Tier I's. She beat the likes of Sharapova, Venus, Davenport and Dementieva.

She also lost to the likes of Granville, Sugiyama and Peng. She never went past the QF of a slam. Her 2007 YE ranking of #19 was her first non-TOP 10 YE ranking since 1995. Many would argue this tainted her legacy.
...


What do you men by "legacy"?
:confused:

Her legacy is being part of the greatest match in the open era (FO 99 final) and of having taken drugs. In which way could that have been tainted by her 2007 YE ranking??

sweetpeas
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:44 PM
Keep riding those beautiful horse's.

cellophane
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:45 PM
She should come back, but I just don't feel like she wants to put in the work it takes to be at the top :shrug:

Olórin
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:46 PM
Comeback and play doubles, get back into the race for Doubles GSs with V&Rena :p
Judging by her 2nd retirement and inconsistency for a lot of her comeback I don't think she is serious enough about singles. But with her talent she can do well in Doubles on about 75%.

PLP
Feb 3rd, 2010, 09:47 PM
She should come back, but I just don't feel like she wants to put in the work it takes to be at the top :shrug:

Yes, and she has alluded to that. I think this summer sh might change her mind though. I don't think the tour is stronger now than in 2006-2007, so I think she would make top 20, maybe top 10 if she DID put in the work and was 100% fit. I think she was at her fittest the 1st half of 2006 and it showed in her results.

IF she comes back, she will play both singles and some doubles. I don't think she would ever come back to just play doubles.

cellophane
Feb 3rd, 2010, 10:33 PM
Yes, and she has alluded to that. I think this summer sh might change her mind though. I don't think the tour is stronger now than in 2006-2007, so I think she would make top 20, maybe top 10 if she DID put in the work and was 100% fit. I think she was at her fittest the 1st half of 2006 and it showed in her results..

But I don't think she just wants to come back to be top 10. She wants to win a slam again or at least be competitive, but to do that, she would have to work hard on her weaknesses, namely her serve. And I'm just not sure she is willing to put in the work to do that again. I don't know. I mean she used to do okay with her serve the way it was... so I don't know if serve is the ingredient, but I don't think her game in 2007 was good enough to win slams as opposed to before she retired.

Harvs
Feb 3rd, 2010, 10:38 PM
she could still come back and be one of the best in the world at doubles easily..
she could give singles a crack, she has enough talent to get back into the top 20..

Szavay #1
Feb 3rd, 2010, 10:51 PM
i think i voted for the wrong one :o but my choice is "Come back and play singles". even if it's part-time. :) marti :hug:

tennisbum79
Feb 4th, 2010, 12:39 AM
Martina should the Swiss Fed Cap team as unoffical assistant coach and double player.

thelittlestelf
Feb 4th, 2010, 02:19 AM
What do you men by "legacy"?
:confused:

Her legacy is being part of the greatest match in the open era (FO 99 final) and of having taken drugs. In which way could that have been tainted by her 2007 YE ranking?? That is definitely not her legacy.

Привет
Feb 4th, 2010, 02:37 AM
Where is the "comeback and bring your friends Myskina and Kournikova with you" option?

Yes please. :cool:

Anyway, she's 29. If she wants to play singles again, she needs to do it soon. If she can still compete and WANTS to compete, then I think she could be pretty successful, but I don't see her achieving more than she did in comeback number 1.

danieln1
Feb 4th, 2010, 02:58 AM
If Wickmayer, Na Li, Zheng, Caroline Wozniacki, Stosur can reach slams semis, Martina Hingis has the game and the talent to do even better...

I´m sorry, but she´s just way more talented than those players, by a mile... She should have at least reached a slam final during the time she came back, too bad she always got the toughest draws (Clijters in 3 slams qf), unlike some of the above! But if she gets fit and come back, she will be top 20, without a doubt, since in her "slump" in 2007 she was #19 or whatever

Nicolás89
Feb 4th, 2010, 03:07 AM
I honestly feel like if she does come back, she should stick to doubles only, she is almost 30 she would feel "old" playing singles. :p

Volcana
Feb 4th, 2010, 03:08 AM
Ther are things her body won;t do, and she knows it. There's also the ssue of children. The odds of bearing a healthy child start gong down dramatically when a woman is 28 years old. Hingis has Olympian genetics, but she's not immune to the ravages of time. I think coming back as a singles player is only a good idea if she's in it to compete,not necessarily to win. Shell never be the dominant player on the tour again.

As for doubles ... partnering who? If Davenport were interested ......

Nicolás89
Feb 4th, 2010, 03:10 AM
As for doubles ... partnering who? If Davenport were interested ......

With her credentials in doubles I think 90% of the tour would want to play with her.

sorceress
Feb 4th, 2010, 04:42 AM
I think if she wanted to she could crack the top 15, anyone that disagrees is over-rated the current crop of the WTA.
There are a whole lot of mediocre players that wouldn't even challenge Martina.

smallville62
Feb 4th, 2010, 09:27 AM
she will comeback in single and double after the wtt for the us open 2010 :) :) :)
wta miss martina game :) :)

Juanes
Feb 4th, 2010, 09:33 AM
i think if she will come back that will be just exhibitions...

i even more want to come-back for Mary Pierce, she didn´t deserve to retire in such bad way... :bigcry:

Serenus Christ
Feb 4th, 2010, 09:38 AM
I wonder if she is still addicted to cocaine?

smallville62
Feb 4th, 2010, 01:21 PM
I wonder if she is still addicted to cocaine?

poor guy , no respect for true legend :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

the princess rules !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:hearts::hearts::hearts::hear ts::hearts:

Golovinjured.
Feb 4th, 2010, 03:08 PM
I wonder if she is still addicted to cocaine?

So what if she is? Doing coke is cool and you know it. :cool:

tonybotz
Feb 4th, 2010, 07:18 PM
how funny would it be if she came back and got to number one again.