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Martina is really good for the mix.

"HURRY BACK - JEN"

Hingis is winning and growing cocky
Roddick refocuses on his strengths

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The Muslim-Jewish team: Sania Mirza & Shahar Peer.
FROM THE PACIFIC LIFE OPEN IN INDIAN WELLS – Martina Hingis has regained much of her bravado, which is a sure sign that she'll be back in the Top 10 soon.

Four years ago, when she called it quits, Hingis was no longer making bold statements and was borderline depressed with her game.

In 1997, her most dominant year when she won three Slams (and should have gone around the block for a Grand Slam if not for a stunning lost to Iva Majoli in the Roland Garros final), the Swiss couldn't contain herself when asked about how good she was.

Now, after scoring wins over Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Myskina during her two-month comeback, she's pretty secure that she'll be an elite player again. The 25-year-old refuses to be a second-tier player, which is the primary reason she retired in 2002.
"At this point, it doesn't look like I'm going to be," she said. "Hopefully there is some space up there. Everyone talks about being Top 10 or Top 5. I'd rather not talk about it and just do it."

But she can still talk up a storm.

After playing every week this year, Hingis – the woman who once claimed that foot injuries drove her out of the sport – is now ranked No. 32. A few good weeks in the desert and Miami and she'll be right back in the Top 20 again.

"That's what I think I can do, now it's a matter of having the conditions to go all the way at tournaments," she said. "'Mentally and physically, it's very demanding and more physical. I have to get used to it, but I have the patience."

BIG WINS HAVE BEEN INTERSPEARCED WITH BIG LOSSES
It hasn't been all roses for Hingis – just pretty yellow daffodils that come out in the early spring and see their leaves fall off quickly. She's reached one final and two semis and beaten a host of good players but has also been drilled by the likes of Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva, Sharapova and Amelie Mauresmo.

She's fading at the end of tournaments, even though she's in far better shape than she was a year ago, telling the LA Times' Lisa Dillman that she's put on 10 pounds of muscle. She's not sure if she is quick as she once was, but still has her anticipation. And she's very hungry, while in 2002, she had stomach pains because she over-ate at the WTA buffet.

"When your body doesn't allow you to do things that you want to do, then it becomes frustrating," she said. "Mentally, you just lose the motivation because you know you can't play the best tennis you need to play against the top girls. But, I'm healthy again and I hope I can stay like that."

Almost every major player has weighed in on how far Hingis can go. Top-seed Justine Henin-Hardenne, who hit with Hingis on Thursday and who drilled her in Sydney, likes her progress, but isn't convinced she can threaten the best.

"She's played very consistent since the beginning of the year," Henin-Hardenne said. "She went to another level and, against the top players, it will take a little more time until she can get used to the rhythms we have to play now. But Top 5 is hard. I think she can do it, but she will have to play great."

Her play-alike, Myskina, was isn't convinced either, but wouldn't be stunned if she climbed back.

"She can beat a lot of players but it's hard to compete against players like Mauresmo and Sharapova," Myskina said. "She'll need time to get back at the same level that she was at. But she still has a great feel for the ball."

And Sharapova? Gracious as always, not rising to the bait of proclaiming a vicious rivalry with the Swiss, which would be perfectly legit, given how hard Hingis rode her in December. "I don't know about saying it's a rivalry, but with her being a legend who's achieved so much and me still being like a rookie: It's cool."

If you want more on Maria and the Russians (mostly Myskina), go to foxsports.com and read my new column "Russian Retraction." But, before heading down south to discuss China's finest player, it's also important to note as I reported for Reuters yesterday that Sharapova is out of Russia's April Fed Cup tie against Belgium and former heroine Myskina is out for the whole year. Playing Henin-Hardenne and Clijsters on clay isn't a prospect that anyone relished, even new team leader Elena Dementieva, a proven player on dirt, or Nadia Petrova, who has reached two French semifinals. Sharapova isn't definitely done for Fed Cup duty this year, but she's really doubtful for the July tie post Wimbledon, and there's now way she's getting a spot on the squad that could contest the finals should they get that far. If she doesn't play next year, she'll disqualify herself for an Olympic spot.


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this was from ages ago and maria has now won a title since then!
 

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I hadn't seen this before, thank you GogoGirl.
 

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why im just stating the obvious or does that bother you? lol
 

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nothing what? i seriously think you need to check into a mental hostipol! lol
 

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Has this been posted? Check out Sergio.

Hingis Seems More Fit With a Muscle Makeover


By KAREN CROUSE

Published: March 26, 2006

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla., March 22 — Across the net from Martina Hingis stood an opponent whose game she did not know well. This is a prosaic fact of Hingis's comeback, for during her three-year retirement a whole new crop of players sprouted on the WTA Tour.
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Martina Hingis went to the quarterfinals or beyond in six of her first seven tournaments.

Hélio Castroneves, a two-time Indianapolis 500 champion, was in town for a race this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which is how he came to be on a practice court at Crandon Park on Wednesday waiting to receive a serve from Hingis, one of the headliners in the Nasdaq-100 Open.

The photo opportunity provided a snapshot of Hingis's motivation for resuming her playing career. Hingis, 25, started out serving balls to Castroneves that landed as softly as balloons. Then he ran down a couple of balls during a rally to win a point.

Her next serve was a bullet that Castroneves could only wave at. "Wow," he said. Chuckling, he added, "Thank God she's not a racecar driver."

In Hingis's life of leisure, there was no satisfying outlet for the competitiveness that was her high-octane fuel. She could enter horse shows, but the animal at the end of her reins is not always as pliable as the ball at the end of her racket. She could do tennis commentary for European television outlets, but that is a collaborative endeavor, not a competitive one.

"You know," Hingis said recently, "just really nothing satisfied me as much as being back on the court."

Chronic foot injuries nudged Hingis into retirement when she was 22. She had surgery to repair tendons in her right ankle in October 2001. The next May, she had the same operation on her left ankle. Each time, Hingis tried to come back, but as she explained in February 2003 when she announced her retirement, "having to live on painkillers and worrying about your health, that's not the lifestyle I want."

In 2002, shortly after her second operation, Hingis attended the United States Open at Bethpage State Park on Long Island as the guest of the golfer Sergio García, whom she dated for a little more than a year. When García heard that Hingis was returning to competition, he was not surprised.

He said it was evident during the week at Bethpage, where he finished fourth, that Hingis missed being in competition's clutches.

"You could just tell," García said in a recent interview. "She tried to come back after that but she couldn't do it, physically, because of her feet."

García said he had followed Hingis's return from oblivion to No. 26 in the WTA rankings.

"It's great," he said. "I'm happy for her." He watched the telecast of her fourth-round victory against Lindsay Davenport at the Masters Series event in Indian Wells, Calif., and her loss in the semifinals to Maria Sharapova.

"To me, the best thing about it is how fit she looks," García said. "She's stronger in the arms and shoulders, especially."

Between ages 16 and 21, Hingis spent 209 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world. It was the variety, not the velocity, of her shots that carried her to the top. She took the ball early, the better to carve the court with her short-angle shots. She used strategy, not strength, to counteract the high-voltage game that Venus and Serena Williams imposed on women's tennis.

Hingis resisted weight training, preferring guile to guns for arms. In 1998, she said that lifting weights made her tired and sick. Two years later, she said she tried bulking up and it slowed her down.

García is not the only person to comment on Hingis's physical transformation. She seemed amused by all the talk of her muscle makeover. She laughed at the suggestion that she was into heavy lifting.

"No, I'm not," she said. "That's the thing. Everyone says, 'Oh, you look stronger.' "

So what is the difference? "I'm not 17 anymore," Hingis said. "It's not a child's body anymore. It's more of a woman's body, I'd say."

In the next breath, she conceded: "I have five-pound weights, and I warm up with them, but consistently. I do it daily. My regime is probably stricter and more disciplined because I want it now. Before, we were like fighting over it with my mom."

She laughed. "Now it's my choice," she said. "I know if I keep doing things and keep my routine, it's going to take me further."

Declarations of independence dot Hingis's speech when she talks about her comeback. Earlier in the year, when asked what lured her back to the Tour, she said: "Just because I love the game. Before you could always say, well your mom and this and that, but now it's me who's in charge."

Hingis's mother, Melanie Molitor, oversaw her rise to No. 1 and remains her coach. She gave her enough space to enjoy a life outside tennis that included in-line skating, skiing and horseback riding. But being No. 1 creates expectations and attention that can constrain the freest of spirits.

Like Hingis before them, the Williams sisters appear to have had their passion for the game snuffed by injuries and expectations. Neither one entered the Nasdaq tournament. They were last seen together not at a tennis event but at Vanity Fair magazine's Academy Awards party in Los Angeles.

"You put some expectations on yourself, and so do other people," Hingis said. Earlier, she said one of her biggest fears "was to come back and disappoint."

She is clearly pleased to have advanced to the quarterfinals or beyond in six of her first seven tournaments. It does not bother her that she is 2-6 against players ranked in the top 10. "It's not like I'm moving backwards," Hingis said.

Hingis was in the locker room after hitting with Castroneves when she heard a few players talking about a party that was taking place Wednesday night.

She said she did not consider going. She had matches to play later in the week, she said. Hingis's competitive instinct is in peak form. The issue, it would seem, is how long it will take her game to catch up.

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Great articles! :)
I don't hear anything cocky from Martina though. She has gained confidence in herself and her game again, but cocky, no...
 

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Great article, but the headline's a typical, journalist ploy to grab attention and smear a little dirt as well.

Anyway, Martina ain't "cocky". At least not as much these days. Her comments there are pretty balanced between 'confidence' and 'humility'. She's given great compliments to her opponents, Maurasemo included.
 

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tennisIlove09 said:
"growing" cocky? I think that's a straight of Martina's that she's always had. She knows she's good, and was never scared to say it :D

:yeah: Exactly, who wouldn't be when you are as good as Martina is!
 
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