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Wertheim kinda floated the idea in his column this week:
Here's some food for thought: the best doubles player since Martina N. might well have been Martina H. (That Hingis won a Grand Slam title with Mirjana Lucic as a partner tells you all you need to know.) Anyway, we're slowly facing the reality that we've likely seen the last of Hingis as a singles player. But what if Hingis took a cue from her namesake and -- after laying low for a decade or two to let her foot heal -- returned to the tour as a doubles-only player? Just throwing the possibility out there....
i think it's a marvellous idea. but Hingis would be too proud to do it IMO. Hingis loved to win and couldn't stand losing and i suspect that she would see becoming a doubles specialist as a form of failure. of course i'd love to be wrong. i'd love to see her playing any kind of tennis again.
 

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1st of all, Lucic didnt suck then,
2nd of all, Martina is not a doubles specialist, and she'll never be one
3rd of all, after laying a decade or 2,
is this guy an idiot?:rolleyes:....
Martina is coming back soon,
so just shut the hell up:rolleyes:
 

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Monsters said:
1st of all, Lucic didnt suck then,
2nd of all, Martina is not a doubles specialist, and she'll never be one
3rd of all, after laying a decade or 2,
is this guy an idiot?:rolleyes:....
Martina is coming back soon,
so just shut the hell up:rolleyes:
Is she coming back really?? What have you heard??
 

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There's definitly less running in doubles than there is in singles....
 

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thanks for the explanation. i mis-interpreted you. sorry...

OK, let's ask the question another way. once she is completely healed, should Hingis return as a doubles specialist or should she try to revive a singles career?
 

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I agree with your point about Martina's pride. I don't think she would do it, even though I would love for it to happen. People would say stuff about her, like she can't compete with the big girls in singles. That would hurt her mentally.

That's my opinion.
 

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No TC. I don't think Hingis should return as a doubles specialist. She was too special a tennis player to return to just play doubles. That's beneath Martina. If she fully recovers from her ankle problems she might come back to play singles. But that's a long shot because the power in women's tennis was becoming too much for her too handle when she was healthy. Martina would now be devoured by Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne. And the Williams sisters would make mincemeat of her! :eek: Martina remembers being drubbed by the likes of Nadia Petrova and Elena Dementieva in late 2002. That had to hurt her pride. I miss her alot. :( Martina knows if she comes back she won't be what she was before. But if she became a top 10 player again she would be lauded for that and she could rake in the endorsment dollars like she used to. Maybe money will fuel her comeback. But fisrt things first. She has to get healthy. And I hope she does.
 

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Its a foregone conclusion that Martina retired because she was unable to compete because of her ankle/foot injuries :sad: She has said repeatedly that should some "miracle" occur that would enable her to get back playing tennis pain free....she'd be back! :bounce: Since that doesn't seem like its going to happen, she is presently busy riding her horse in horsejumping competitions and travelling with her sponsors!! So the doubles option will not happen...but if she miraclously does return...it will be for singles and doubles!! :worship:

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she could, but she won't.
not to make her sound like a heat-seeking bitch, but in my own opinion, she is only not playing bc she didn't enjoy fighting to stay NEAR the top... shes just too proud and cocky.

god, i miss her though... she brought a lot to the table.
 

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I'm somehow baffled by Martina H's situation. Is she still injured and on her way to full recuperation, or is she crippled for life? Those who know the facts, can you please enlighten me. To me, that's the real question. If it's the former, we certainly can expect her back some day in singles or doubles; if it's the latter, then it's case closed.

I doubt she retires just because she can't compete. People of her stature and age just don't stop and fade away like the fabled old soldier.
Burn-out, pride, vanity don't quite explain it to me.
 

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pride and vanity definitely have to be included as partial explanations TP. but don't take my word for it. just watch your tape of her loss to Steffi in 1999 at RG.
 
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