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treufreund
Mar 9th, 2002, 11:17 PM
Here's her interview where she talks about acupuncture, the tour, rankings and her game and confidence. :D



March 9, 2002

PACIFIC LIFE OPEN

Indian Wells, California

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M. HINGIS/S. Talaja

6-0, 6-1

An interview with:

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MARTINA HINGIS

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MODERATOR: Questions for Martina.

Q. How was the wrist?

MARTINA HINGIS: It was good. I mean, I had treatment, lots of treatment. Also after Scottsdale, my doctor flew in from Switzerland, so that was a big help. I'm very thankful, otherwise I probably wouldn't be able to play here.

I had acupuncture done. That kind of took the pain away. Lots of massage, things like that, just treatment. It was almost perfect today.

Q. Doesn't feel bad after the match?

MARTINA HINGIS: I mean, it gets a little bit tight, of course. Who doesn't have wrist problems in today's game when the power is out there. Those girls hit so hard.

I mean, I've had problems with my wrist in the past, but not this critical like it was this time. I'm happy to be over it. I just got to keep working on it.

Q. You must feel good how you played today. Give us a recap how you felt you did.

MARTINA HINGIS: I feel great, considering last week I wasn't quite sure if I'm going to play here. So that helped me also have an extra day, just practice. Like last week, I wasn't really able to practice the way I wanted to because I just tried to escape the pain, and it didn't work. Also in the matches, I had trouble.

So now I'm happy the way I played. Came out there today and played. I'm very pleased with it.

Q. Will acupuncture be a daily thing you get?

MARTINA HINGIS: No. Just like three points where the pain is, then just the wrist wasn't painful. You try to massage.

Q. Do you have to do it every day?

MARTINA HINGIS: No, that was just a one-time thing. I mean, he did it also to me in the past when I had the heel problems and also in the wrist. It was like two, three years ago. Different spots. I'm getting older (laughter).

Q. Does that give you immediate relief?

MARTINA HINGIS: Yes, the way he does it. He's the top of the top at these things. I mean, he also did my ankle. He's a surgeon normally, but he also does this, more or less to soccer players, they come in, hockey players in Switzerland. All the top teams, they always go by him.

Actually, I think Kafelnikov wanted to have him do something, too, the other day.

Q. What is his name?

MARTINA HINGIS: Heinz Buhlmann, H-e-i-n-z, B-u-h-l-m-a-n-n.

Q. Is this the same man who operated on your ankle?

MARTINA HINGIS: Exactly. He's been doing a great job with me, knock on wood.

Q. So you're keeping him busy all by yourself?

MARTINA HINGIS: Yes. He flew all the way from Switzerland just for this. It's a great effort. In an emergency, I can call him anytime. It's great.

Q. Is he sticking around?

MARTINA HINGIS: He left this morning. So he's been here for like five days. No, he left this morning. He knew that I'm going to be fine. Now it's up to me.

Q. What do you think your chances are? Obviously, Kim is already out. Justine was struggling in her match yesterday. How do you feel your chances are for this tournament?

MARTINA HINGIS: Well, I think my chances are great. I mean, I've been playing well from the beginning of the season. Last week I wasn't too happy about it, but like for different reasons.

Just like I think at this point if I can keep it up, my confidence was rising since the Australian Open. I think if I can keep this level, I'm even getting better each time.

Q. When you have an injury like you had with your wrist, how do you block that out when you're out playing on the court?

MARTINA HINGIS: I mean, it wasn't that serious. Normally it's like tendonitis, you have to take two weeks off and play again. You would have to let it go by yourself.

But like this, the healing procedure was faster. I think it's difficult. Like even Kim, you can see these days anybody can beat you if you don't practice and you still are injured or something. I don't know how well her wrist is at this point, but I think it's still a little problem.

It just bothers you because the level of the other girls has gotten so much better, so closer. It's just impossible.

I mean, I realize myself last year at Wimbledon, if you just have a little thing, you're out.

Q. Does it seem strange that you're one of the veterans of this tour at such a young age?

MARTINA HINGIS: I consider myself like middle age, you know. There are still older ones than me. But there's like youngsters, Dokic, Henin, they're like three, four years younger than me. You have Sharapova at this tournament, first time showing up. It's interesting.

I think if I can keep my level up there and beat most of them, I'll be happy about that.

Q. Are you feeling more enthused or energetic about your tennis than you were at the end of last year?

MARTINA HINGIS: Oh, definitely. It's like day and night.

Q. What do you attribute that to?

MARTINA HINGIS: Just everything. I think the injury also, that I had some time off. I probably really needed that. Just sometimes it's nice not having to do all these things, just be for yourself like two months at the same place, no travel, no questions, no answers, nothing really to do. Just concentrate on yourself and have a little privacy, private life. It was nice not to be always stressed out, rush anywhere. It was nice.

Q. I noticed you weren't wearing the shirt with the long sleeve. Are you wearing that any more or is that gone?

MARTINA HINGIS: Well, now I have two long sleeves. I don't know if you saw me last week playing, because it was so cold. It was nice to be covered. The one sleeve is gone, yeah. Now it's a two-sleeve. In this weather, I'll probably be boiling there.

Q. Do you like coming out here to Indian Wells?

MARTINA HINGIS: Yes, I do, very much. I mean, it's a beautiful place. Also the stadium, the first year it was like very raw and rough. But every year, it seems to be better and nicer. Just everything is so clean. It's like paradise a little bit. You almost think like, "What am I doing out here? It's like holidays, vacation, a little bit." But it's beautiful.

Q. You'll probably be back at No. 3 by the end of this tournament.

MARTINA HINGIS: Hopefully, yeah.

Q. Are you in the hunt for No. 1? How do you feel about the race to be No. 1 by the end of the year?

MARTINA HINGIS: I think I have pretty good chances at this point. Like I said, it's just the beginning. I'll jump back to No. 3 after this, hopefully. Now I think these tournaments are very important also, for myself, the confidence that this one and the upcoming one, because everybody's going to play there. Just see how it goes. The sisters are going to be playing, Jennifer, the top of the top.

It's nice to know where you're standing again.

Q. Do you consider it mostly a three-woman race between you, Jennifer and Venus for No. 1?

MARTINA HINGIS: Well, you never know with Serena, and Monica. There's lots of girls out there. You can lose any time. Probably at this time, yes, Venus, Serena, Jennifer and me.

Q. You've been so used to being at No. 1. When the rankings were out, you dropped to No. 4, did that disturb you or frustrate you at all?

MARTINA HINGIS: I mean, I knew I didn't have the game last year. I mean, you can't expect with the results I've had that I'm going to stay at No. 1 forever. I just try to get, you know, myself back into that shape I was two, three years ago, try to get my place back.

But if it's not going to happen, I mean, I've been up there for four years. It definitely would be great. But at this point the other two deserve it.

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 9th, 2002, 11:43 PM
Q. Do you consider it mostly a three-woman race between you, Jennifer and Venus for No. 1?

MARTINA HINGIS: Well, you never know with Serena, and Monica. There's lots of girls out there. You can lose any time. Probably at this time, yes, Venus, Serena, Jennifer and me.

Q. You've been so used to being at No. 1. When the rankings were out, you dropped to No. 4, did that disturb you or frustrate you at all?

MARTINA HINGIS: I mean, I knew I didn't have the game last year. I mean, you can't expect with the results I've had that I'm going to stay at No. 1 forever. I just try to get, you know, myself back into that shape I was two, three years ago, try to get my place back.

But if it's not going to happen, I mean, I've been up there for four years. It definitely would be great. But at this point the other two deserve it.


Wow I can't believe martina's ego has fallen back to earth. Maybe after those recent thumpings by jennifer she realizes that she is not longer the top of the hill.

treufreund
Mar 9th, 2002, 11:50 PM
Wow I can't believe no matter what you still find a way to bash marti! Then again you are just showing your true colors.

Jordan.
Mar 9th, 2002, 11:51 PM
Thanks for the article!Glad to hear shes doing better!:)

Volcana
Mar 9th, 2002, 11:56 PM
What an incredible shock! Martina sounds so much more mature at 22 than at 16! Oh wait ... MOST people sound ..... come to think of it when i was sixteen i .... well.... uh .. why bring all that up.

Really good interview.

Scorpion
Mar 10th, 2002, 12:00 AM
Martina definitely regrouped her game this year!! She has been doing very good for the beginning of the season!!

I also agree that Jennifer and Venus deserve the #1.. as they are the two women who shared the last 5 grand slams!!! Umm... but it's exciting to see who will take the Roland Garros crown?? It's always difficult to predict the winner on clay!!!???

Anyway... I am expecting an exciting tennis year in 2002!!!

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 10th, 2002, 12:04 AM
Showing my true colors? Um I've always stated that I couldn't stand her personality but like her tennis. So how is my comment any different from that?

True some of what Martina said came at a young age, but some of it came just a few months to a year ago as well. I judge players not only on their tennis but also on their actions and words. Geezus Its not like I hate the girl or wish her ill will, unlike some of the posts I've read about other players with statements like "kill her." which i find to be horrible.

Kart
Mar 10th, 2002, 12:10 AM
It's a nice interview, Martina again showing some of the many qualities that make her a gracious champion :).

MaRKy MaRk
Mar 10th, 2002, 12:35 AM
Nice to hear her wrists are getting better. This question might sound realy dumb, but what actually is acupuncture?? What do they do when u get acupuncture? :confused: :confused: Sorry for the ignorance :rolleyes:

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 10th, 2002, 12:44 AM
Don't be sorry about something you dont know about. Just ask and find out :-)

acupunture is an ancient chinese medicinal technique. It incorporates thin needles that pierce the skin at various pressure points and nerve endings, clusters, throughout the body. The results can ease pain, stress, and some say actually heal emotional and physcial ailments. It is only now being recognized as an official and legitmate alternative to drugs or whatever in the west. Though the chinese have known the benefits of acupunture for thousands of years.

Rollo
Mar 10th, 2002, 01:04 AM
The injury may be a blessing yet. Her admission that last year she just didn't have it jives with what we saw. At least she has her spirit back. Her only two defeats have been 3 setters.....AND she's finally not playing week-in week-out.
The French may be VERY interesting:)

harloo
Mar 10th, 2002, 01:05 AM
Well, I guess defeat humbles a player. Good for Martina, I wish her the best this year. Who knows, her best chance might be at Roland Garros to end her slam drought. Good interview.

Althea
Mar 10th, 2002, 01:34 AM
Good Interview, glad Martina is feeling more up to par
Go WTA - all the ladies could use a "break":o / little vacation every once in a while to regroup:)

Williams Rulez
Mar 10th, 2002, 01:51 AM
Great interview by Martina!

Great to see that she thinks that Serena is in the mix of people capable fo getting the number one spot this year as well :D

nikita771
Mar 10th, 2002, 02:53 AM
That was a pretty good interview. I definitely hope that she stays healthy because Miami is going to be a fantastic tournament. Almost everyone will be there. I can't wait!

moon
Mar 10th, 2002, 04:05 AM
well, well
will wonders never cease? ;)

Nimi
Mar 10th, 2002, 06:33 AM
well of course Jennifer & Venus deserve #1.... no doubt.... 7 grand slams out of 7 dont lie

the_ancyent_marinere
Mar 10th, 2002, 07:30 AM
No, wonders will not cease, and neither will these who-deserve-the-top-ranking-threads...

Williams Rulez
Mar 10th, 2002, 11:33 AM
Originally posted by InSaNiTy
well of course Jennifer & Venus deserve #1.... no doubt.... 7 grand slams out of 7 dont lie

I absolutely agree... and so does Martina! :D

hingis-seles
Mar 10th, 2002, 12:10 PM
Good attitude, Martina!!!

The Swiss Miss is PERFECT!!!

Gotta Love her!!!~

Nice to see that at least ONE TOP PLAYER acknowledges Monica as one of the ladies who can cop the top spot. The others are probably suffering from denial!

Goo0o0 Martina!!!~

Goo0oo0o0 MONICA!!!!!~

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Mar 10th, 2002, 02:53 PM
Martina is such an awesome person.....if she didn't have the capability to beat Venus and Serena, I might be a fan!

But, alas, she is a threat, so I can't like her. ;)

Excellent interview!

TeeRexx
Mar 10th, 2002, 03:49 PM
LOL@ JoshuaL ;)

Chibuku14
Mar 10th, 2002, 04:54 PM
Sometime we can have these fans clashes here and there but
actually this is the first and best interview I have seen Martina
given. It is sometime hard to give a good interview after maybe
a terrible defeat or something like that but in all Hingis is trying
everything new, her schedule, way of playing and the interviews.
I like the way she plays her tennis. I don't like only her words
in previous interview. Hope this change will continue so that we
can have a good chat with the opposite fans(Hingis')

LifeWasADisaster
Mar 10th, 2002, 05:07 PM
I don't think either Serena or Monica will reach the no.1 spot. Maybe if Serena becomes more consistent and plays more, she'll get there in a few years, but I don't see Monica ever getting back there....

Ryan
Mar 10th, 2002, 05:53 PM
This was an excellent interview by Martina, good to see she's really matured. and it's really exciting and refreshing to have Williams and Hingis fans get along!:D

treufreund
Mar 10th, 2002, 06:20 PM
JUST REMEMBER MARTINA: be nice off court, but go for blood on the court! Hehe ;)

Ryan
Mar 10th, 2002, 06:24 PM
Sounds like a good attitude. I cant wait for Hingis to get her smug on-court attitude back!:)

Nimi
Mar 10th, 2002, 06:27 PM
yay some1 quoted me... a 1st time for everything...