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jirobkk
Dec 1st, 2004, 11:24 PM
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HINGIS RETURNS

Published on December 02, 2004

Swiss star to make a comeback in Pattaya

The question of whether former world No 1 Martina Hingis would return to the circuit was finally answered yesterday when it was announced that she would make her comeback in January’s US$170,000 (Bt6.9 million) Volvo Women’s Open in Pattaya.

After suffering a chronic left ankle injury which virtually ended her career, the five-time Grand Slam winner will return in a Tier IV Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) event at the Dusit Resort in Pattaya from January 29 to February 6 early next year.

The announcement of her return stunned the tennis world not long after the Swiss star said in an interview after her 24th birthday on September 30 said it would take miracle medical treatment to heal her injury.

She has said that her condition was so serious that she could barely walk the following day after she played tennis.

However, her return in January is linked to efforts to raise funds for four local charity foundations - the Paveena Foundation, the Father Ray Foundation, the Foundation for the Better Life of Children and the Suthasinee-Noiin Foundation for Children and Youth.

“While I am in Thailand, I am very much looking forward to spending time with those that benefit from the good work of the Paveena Foundation, the Father Ray Foundation, Foundation for the Better Life of Children and the Suthasinee-Noiin Foundation for Children and Youth,” Hingis said in a statement released yesterday.

“I hope to raise awareness of the support needed for those who are less fortunate and living in impoverished conditions in Thailand and around the world.’’

Hingis, the winner of 40 singles titles, played her last competitive match in the 2002 Fildestadt event, where she lost to Russian Elena Dementieva in round two.

During her illustrious career, Hingis created many milestones including the all-time record as the youngest player ever to reach No 1 in the world at the age of 16 years and six months.

She is also one of only five women to have been ranked No 1 in singles and No 1 in doubles at the same time, a feat she achieved for 35 weeks from June, 1998, to March, 2000.

She will be joined in Pattaya by former world No 2 and ex-Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez of Spain.

Martinez also has a string of victories to her name, winning 32 singles titles and 10 doubles titles. Her highest ranking was No 2 in singles and No 7 in doubles. She has achieved 50 wins in a season six times.

Chaiyapak Sriwat, chairman of the organising committee for the Volvo Women’s Open, said: “We are very excited that Martina and Conchita are coming to Thailand. It is very refreshing that Martina has chosen to play in Pattaya to raise funds for local charities.

“We are certain that she will help raise awareness of the plight of the underprivileged in the country and around the world.”

Despite the decline in popularity of Thai No 1 Paradorn Srichaphan, tennis in Thailand is booming. The ATP Thailand Open in September featured three big stars, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Marat Safin.

Local fans will also see an exhibition between Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams on January 2 next year. Tickets for the Volvo tournament go on sale today. For the qualifying rounds admission is free, from Monday to Friday tickets are Bt300 and Bt500 and Bt1,000 for the Saturday (semi-finals) and Sunday (finals). For more information, phone Pentangle Promotions on 02-382-3491-3.
Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

Vut
Dec 2nd, 2004, 12:33 AM
:woohoo:

bmxbandit
Dec 2nd, 2004, 12:36 AM
:eek:

WB babe :)

TartarVicario
Dec 2nd, 2004, 12:40 AM
So there is no Arantxa in Thailand :shrug: :sad:

*Jool*
Dec 2nd, 2004, 10:30 AM
Excellent news for Conchita fans !! :bounce:
It was smelling a bit of the forbidden word beginning with an "R" these days !!
Go, Conchita !

Bette_Midler
Dec 2nd, 2004, 10:41 AM
wooooooooohooooooooooooooooo :bounce:

Hercules
Dec 2nd, 2004, 11:19 AM
OMG, Vamos Conchi !!!

jenny161185
Dec 2nd, 2004, 11:34 AM
so Hingis will get to face off against Conchita once again - Imagine both made the final

IVI
Dec 2nd, 2004, 01:46 PM
so Hingis will get to face off against Conchita once again - Imagine both made the final
A Hingis-conchi final would be great!! :drool: :drool:

*Jool*
Dec 2nd, 2004, 03:02 PM
That would be such a great final !!!

propi
Dec 2nd, 2004, 03:13 PM
Excellent news for Conchita fans !! :bounce:
It was smelling a bit of the forbidden word beginning with an "R" these days !!
Go, Conchita !
That R word is, as you say, forbidden :p ;)
Vamos Conchita and Martina in Volvo Open :bounce:

conchitaeterna
Dec 2nd, 2004, 03:26 PM
wonderfulllllllllllll

Hercules
Dec 2nd, 2004, 04:16 PM
and a Conchita/Martina team in doubles ???

it would be great !!!

C.MARTINEZ
Dec 2nd, 2004, 04:43 PM
Maravillosa noticia :p :p :p :worship:

WTAaddict
Dec 2nd, 2004, 05:35 PM
I would just say Welcome back Martina!!!! You are truly missed!!!

WTAaddict
Dec 2nd, 2004, 05:36 PM
Go Conchi!!!!!

the bambi
Dec 5th, 2004, 11:52 AM
ok i thought it was another fake story but this is really just an exo for hingis and conchi.

jirobkk
Dec 17th, 2004, 12:41 AM
THE NATION, Published on December 17, 2004

[TENNIS] Former World No 1 Martina Hingis is scheduled to arrive in Thailand early to get ready for her WTA Tour comeback in the US$170,000 (Bt6.6 million) Volvo Women’s Open in Pattaya next year.

The 24-year-old Swiss will make her first visit to the Kingdom on January 27 to take part in her first singles action in two years.

The tournament runs between January 31 and February 6 at the Dusit Resort Hotel in the beach city.

Hingis, who almost waved a permanent farewell to the tour due to a severe left ankle injury in 2002, has been given a wild card into the main draw. She plans to donate prize money from the event to local charities.

As part of her warm-up for the Volvo Women’s Open, Hingis recently played in a doubles exhibition match in Saragossa, Spain. Partnering Russian Nadia Petrova, she won comprehensively 6-2 6-2 against the current World No 1 pairing, Ruano Pascual of Spain and Paola Suarez of Argentina.

Coincidentally, Pascual has also entered the Pattaya event. She is currently ranked 64 in singles, but is a triple Grand Slam champion in doubles, winning the Australian, French and US Open titles with Suarez.

Hingis’ return has also created a stir amongst international journalists, with press from around the world requesting accreditation. Her sudden comeback has come as a surprise as she had been quoted several months earlier as saying that it would take a “miracle medical treatment” to heal her injury. Moreover, the participation of Hingis in Pattaya has accelerated ticket sales with heavy demand both locally and from overseas. Organisers are expecting a sell-out all week. Tickets – Bt300 from Monday to Friday, and Bt300, Bt500 and Bt1,000 for the last two days – are available from Pentangle Promotions, Tel (02) 382 3491-3

YAHOO!!
Dec 17th, 2004, 12:45 AM
Martina is still unbeatable in doubles. But like Martina Narvatilova, the success will have a hard time to make the transition to singles.

wateva
Dec 17th, 2004, 01:13 AM
:lol: i thought it's martinez instead of suarez!!?? :lol:

brunof
Dec 17th, 2004, 05:05 AM
THE NATION, Published on December 17, 2004

[TENNIS] Former World No 1 Martina Hingis is scheduled to arrive in Thailand early to get ready for her WTA Tour comeback in the US$170,000 (Bt6.6 million) Volvo Women’s Open in Pattaya next year.

The 24-year-old Swiss will make her first visit to the Kingdom on January 27 to take part in her first singles action in two years.

The tournament runs between January 31 and February 6 at the Dusit Resort Hotel in the beach city.

Hingis, who almost waved a permanent farewell to the tour due to a severe left ankle injury in 2002, has been given a wild card into the main draw. She plans to donate prize money from the event to local charities.

As part of her warm-up for the Volvo Women’s Open, Hingis recently played in a doubles exhibition match in Saragossa, Spain. Partnering Russian Nadia Petrova, she won comprehensively 6-2 6-2 against the current World No 1 pairing, Ruano Pascual of Spain and Paola Suarez of Argentina.

Coincidentally, Pascual has also entered the Pattaya event. She is currently ranked 64 in singles, but is a triple Grand Slam champion in doubles, winning the Australian, French and US Open titles with Suarez.

Hingis’ return has also created a stir amongst international journalists, with press from around the world requesting accreditation. Her sudden comeback has come as a surprise as she had been quoted several months earlier as saying that it would take a “miracle medical treatment” to heal her injury. Moreover, the participation of Hingis in Pattaya has accelerated ticket sales with heavy demand both locally and from overseas. Organisers are expecting a sell-out all week. Tickets – Bt300 from Monday to Friday, and Bt300, Bt500 and Bt1,000 for the last two days – are available from Pentangle Promotions, Tel (02) 382 3491-3
Yea, I thought it was Conchita too...Also, the WTA and the press need to give more credit to VRP and Paola for their doubles successes...They have more than three titles...

bello
Dec 17th, 2004, 05:46 AM
what ashame she wil miss oz, where she has had much success, same with monica

bello
Dec 17th, 2004, 05:47 AM
^^^ Matina that is.

Sadka
Dec 17th, 2004, 06:46 AM
:bounce:

I wonder who Martina will play double with?! :hearts:

Rub
Dec 17th, 2004, 07:23 AM
this is quite unbelievable! c'mon martina!

Caz
Dec 17th, 2004, 09:52 AM
THE NATION, Published on December 17, 2004

[TENNIS] Former World No 1 Martina Hingis is scheduled to arrive in Thailand early to get ready for her WTA Tour comeback in the US$170,000 (Bt6.6 million) Volvo Women’s Open in Pattaya next year.

The 24-year-old Swiss will make her first visit to the Kingdom on January 27 to take part in her first singles action in two years.

The tournament runs between January 31 and February 6 at the Dusit Resort Hotel in the beach city.

Hingis, who almost waved a permanent farewell to the tour due to a severe left ankle injury in 2002, has been given a wild card into the main draw. She plans to donate prize money from the event to local charities.

As part of her warm-up for the Volvo Women’s Open, Hingis recently played in a doubles exhibition match in Saragossa, Spain. Partnering Russian Nadia Petrova, she won comprehensively 6-2 6-2 against the current World No 1 pairing, Ruano Pascual of Spain and Paola Suarez of Argentina.

Coincidentally, Pascual has also entered the Pattaya event. She is currently ranked 64 in singles, but is a triple Grand Slam champion in doubles, winning the Australian, French and US Open titles with Suarez.

Hingis’ return has also created a stir amongst international journalists, with press from around the world requesting accreditation. Her sudden comeback has come as a surprise as she had been quoted several months earlier as saying that it would take a “miracle medical treatment” to heal her injury. Moreover, the participation of Hingis in Pattaya has accelerated ticket sales with heavy demand both locally and from overseas. Organisers are expecting a sell-out all week. Tickets – Bt300 from Monday to Friday, and Bt300, Bt500 and Bt1,000 for the last two days – are available from Pentangle Promotions, Tel (02) 382 3491-3errrm lol!!!! :lol: There was definitely no Paola at the match I saw! I mean I know if you blinked you missed the match, but really, Conchita definitely was there! ;) :p Seriously though, Martina could do well, she was playing well in Zaragoza.

tennisjam
Dec 17th, 2004, 10:05 AM
too cool :)

Vut
Dec 17th, 2004, 01:48 PM
:hearts: Volvo Open

*Jool*
Dec 17th, 2004, 02:15 PM
hey Vut !
There will be 2 events in Thailand in 2005 ?? It's great for Thailand !! ;)

TiK-Tee
Dec 17th, 2004, 04:13 PM
Wellcome Martina