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I got this from some tennis place.

Martina Hingis is so good it's scary, even to her.

The 16-year-old Swiss took just 62 minutes to trample 17-year-old American Venus Williams 6-0, 6-4 Sunday to win the U.S. Open women's singles crown, her third Grand Slam title of the year.

She cemented her place as the world's No. 1 player, and picked up a $650,000 dollar check that took her earnings for the year past three million.

No wonder she seemed a little surprised when asked how she would improve next year.

"What can I improve?" she said. "Sometimes I ask myself. It's a little scary."

Hingis became the sixth woman to win at least three Grand Slams in a single year since the Open era began in 1968. In that time, only Australian Margaret Court and Germany's Steffi Graf have won all four of the game's major titles in one year, Court in 1970 and Graf in 1988.

Some observers, including 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert, have hinted that Hingis might not have found her rise to the top so easy if Graf had not been sidelined all year by injury.

"It's not my mistake she's not playing here," Hingis said of Graf, U.S. Open champion in 1995 and 1996. "You know, whenever she is going to come back, she's for sure going to be always a dangerous player.

"But having Williams on the other side is not the easiest thing in the world either. Also Lindsay Davenport and Monica Seles are nothing to forget about, too."

Hingis didn't have to face Seles at the U.S. Open, as the second-seeded American was upset in the quarterfinals by 11th-seeded Romanian Irina Spirlea.

Williams took care of Spirlea in the semi-finals, reaching the final in only her third Grand Slam appearance, and the supremely confident Hingis had little trouble exploiting her inexperience.

In fact, even fresh from the victory ceremony Hingis recalled her semifinal French Open victory over Seles as her match of the year.

"I've never been as happy as after that match," Hingis said. "That was kind of like more than having a victory there."

But disappointment was in store in the next round at Roland Garros, as she lost in the final to Iva Majoli of Croatia. She regretted the one that got away, but at least it gives her a goal for next year.

"That's the tournament I want to win the most, and I haven't won that," Hingis said. "I think I'm going to have many more years in front of me to maybe win it one time."
 

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I guess she spoke to soon. And to think some fans thought that Venus was arogant. Martina you should have been improving your serve from then, maybe by now it would be a weapon.
 

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OK! If Seles didn't get stab......she would've been kicking graf's ass in grand slams....winning tons of slams......being number 1 for a long time........probably still be number right now.....
 

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brickhousesupporter : you are so right <img src="redface.gif" border="0">
 

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She was young, naive, and speaking her mind.

Quite frankly I find that far more interesting than the usually dull replies that tennis players give in the their interviews.

I'm sure I could pull up tons of quotes from Lindsay, Venus, Serena, Justine, etc. etc. that would make them sound not-so-nice afterall. (not so sure about Seles there though..she tends to always pick her words well).

However, if people want to hate on Martina and dismiss her accomplishments for something she said when she was 16, then thats your perogative <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Yes, I wonder sometimes why certain people continue to post things like this. It certainly isn't to enhance Board civility
 

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Well let's see....Monica would've also done some acting.....guest appearances.....commercials....the whole bit!!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

Darn, I always seem to go offtrack somehow! <img src="confused.gif" border="0">

[ November 28, 2001: Message edited by: The Pea ]</p>
 
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hehehehehehehe

<br />its nice to see how players change and stuff. thank you for hte article. i never knew she had kicked so much ass in that final. yay <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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VtennisA your posting alot of bullshit stupid topics that only serve one purpose and that is to start shit!

There I wrote it. Imho your nothing but a poster who wishes to cause arguments because your bored due to the offseason. Like many of your topics are boring. They all been ther edone that on the Sanex bored. Can we get something a bit more original here please?<br /> <br />These quotes and the whole damn topic is so damn old. Hello but Hingis is , what 21 now? sheesh

These are my opinions please respect them and I do respect yours even thought I think your posts serve one damn purpose in here.
 

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I don't see it as arrogant by Hingis at all. She was the best player by far.

It is still interesting to look back however and see how tennis has changed in 4 years.

Shows how the game has changed and a player who couldn't see where improvement could be made in 1997 can in 2001 see weaknesses. Don't believe by any means it is pointing to arrogance by Hingis. She had every reason to feel like the dominant player as she very much was.
 

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C'mon, I don't know what this poster who started this thread was thinking, but I loved Hingis' attitude back then. If it weren't for her kickass attitude along with the other players, I doubt seriously if 50% of us would even be here.

Hingis's era of attitude revolutionized the game as much as the "Big Babe" power tennis did.
 

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Yes, and Hingis was SO ARROGANT that she had to give props to Venus, Lindsay and Monica. How rude! Damn you, Hingis! You're so arrogant! Off with your head! <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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She wasn't arrogant. She was just being true!<br />Good times...<br /> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
 

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Well, that was 1997, Hingis was the undisputed number 1 player then and she came one match short of completing the Grand Slam. Arrogant? It's the truth.

I doubt that Graf at the top of the rankings suddenly thought to herself, "Oh, I'd better add more pop to my backhand."

Too bad for Hingis that she got kind of complacent at the top.
 

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These comments are what any young teenager would say imho. But imho I don't wish for Hingis to bring back her rude attitude regarding other players. And she can keep her arrogant tacky ways of sportsmanship to herself. Anyone with a good tennis BRAIN can play great spunky tennis without looking like an ass on the court. (aka RG1999) It can be done. Imho I enjoy the mature Martina alot better. Her fiesty play will come. That kind of play doesn't have anything to do with immaturity in the media and on court. I wrote this to those who wish for the cocky Hingis to come back. I disagree with you guys because I like players personalities who are like Venus and Seles, and Justine Henin. Oh and Amelie. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> Great on court presence and maturity.

What I am afraid of is that Martina is being so humble and a bit mature only because she is losing. I hope that for tennis sake and hers that if she wins another slam that she will be a classy winner. And give great interviews after her win. In my opinion Martina is great for the tennis game. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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I'm with you Dawn Marie on the point you're making. I was wondering the same thing...about Hingis possibly being "nicer" now because she is losing. I love her non-power-based game but never really liked her compared to how much I'm drawn to, say, the Henin persona. I mean, I don't know what any of these players are like in real life, but from what I've read (and we do get access to the transcripts and such) Hingis wasn't always gracious. Vulnerable Hingis is much more appealing to me than the one that won everything.

You can be young and not make idiotic or - even worse - offensive comments. Kudos to those that don't.
 

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Well said Cynicole <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

I agree with you totally <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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it's probably the case with every undisputed champion... let it be Stffi... Pete or even Venus....

Part of the reason why people don't like Venus is that she seems to be unbeatable. So, Venus, here is an advice: if you want to be liked by everyone, start losing left and right, get to # 121 in the world and then stage a comeback.
 
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