Martina Hingis to play World TeamTen­nis

Rules out full re­turn ‘at this point’

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY HOWARD FEN­DRICH

the cham­pi­onship at the 2009 U.S. Open, the very first Grand Slam tour­na­ment — and only third event over­all — of her re­turn. That helped prompt an­other Bel­gian, Henin, to come back, too, and she man­aged to reach last week­end’s Aus­tralian Open fi­nal at her first Grand Slam tour­na­ment in two years.

“It’s great to see them dig deep and come back that well. I don’t know if I could han­dle it,” Hingis said.

She watched more of this Aus­tralian Open than she has in years.

“Of course it makes you think. Ten­nis was all my life, and the most nat­u­ral thing is that it makes you think. It would be sad if it didn’t make me think, don’t you think?” Hingis said.

“ Ten­nis is still my life. Well, part of it,” she con­tin­ued. “But my life is very comfortable, on the other hand. Ten­nis gave me a lot of things and some­times you have to put things be­hind. It’s a lot of sac­ri­fice, as well. I wouldn’t want to risk it any­more.”

She orig­i­nally quit ten­nis in 2002 be­cause of foot and leg in­juries. When she re­joined the cir­cuit full time in 2006, she reached two Grand Slam quar­ter­fi­nals, won two smaller tour­na­ments and made it to No. 6 in the rank­ings.

“It has been awhile since I have seen her play, but Martina did ask me a few years ago if I thought she still had what it took to win on the Sony Eric­s­son WTA Tour to­day. I think she still knows what it takes to win and is com­mit­ted to the task at hand,” said King, who won 12 Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tles. “ With her tal­ent and a re­newed com­mit­ment, she could do very well. She may not be as pow­er­ful as some play­ers, but she knows how to make the most of any point.” MONTREAL — Michael Cam­mal­leri will be out for about six weeks with a knee in­jury but the good news for the Montreal Cana­di­ens’ top scorer is that he won’t need surgery.

Cam­mal­leri suf­fered the in­jury dur­ing a 3-2 over­time loss Satur­day in Ottawa when he fell awk­wardly into the boards af­ter be­ing hit by An­ton Volchenkov.

“I knew it was my knee right away,” Cam­mal­leri told re­porters af­ter the Cana­di­ens’ prac­tice ahead of their game against the Van­cou­ver Canucks on Tues­day.

The for­ward said he had pre­vi­ously in­jured his other knee and “I felt a sim­i­lar feel­ing.”

Cam­mal­leri said he told the coach he wanted to go back on the ice af­ter the in­ci­dent to see if he could con­tinue but was per­suaded to get ex­am­ined first.

“I got hit pretty hard too so I had to fig­ure out where I was first,” he said with a chuckle. He took the in­jury philo­soph­i­cally when asked about the frus­tra­tion of get­ting knocked out of the game.

“It is what it is. I’ve had a few in­juries be­fore and it teaches you how to deal with th­ese things a lit­tle bet­ter. You try and stay as up­beat and as pos­i­tive as you can.”

The sniper said that while he is a “ lit­tle bit” up­set and an­gry at what hap­pened, “I’m try­ing to think of the pos­i­tive now and move for­ward.”

Cam­mal­leri added that usu­ally he tries to be on his guard to avoid be­ing taken out so he is a bit frus­trated with him­self. He said Volchenkov might also think twice about the play but added the Se­na­tor has al­ways played fair with him.

The 27-year-old is one of Montreal’s top of­fen­sive guns with a team-lead­ing 26 goals in 56 games.

Asked about the im­pact his ab­sence might have on the team, Cam­mal­leri pointed out the Habs bounced back to tie the Se­na­tors be­fore los­ing in over­time. He ac­knowl­edged the team has been hit hard by in­juries.

“ This is a lit­tle cliched but you’ve got to do what you al­ways do,” he said, not­ing the Habs lineup is ca­pa­ble of play­ing a “good team game.”

“Early in the year, we had a lot of in­juries and we found ways to kind of band to­gether and scratch out some wins against some good teams and there will be a lot of the same here. “I’ve got a lot of con­fi­dence in our group here.” He said he should be back in time for the play­off race and “then it’ll be the sprint to the end.”

The Canucks were to have de­fence­man Sami Salo back af­ter he missed four games with a groin in­jury but were still miss­ing de­fence­men Wil­lie Mitchell, out since Jan. 16 with a con­cus­sion, and Kevin Bieksa, who has missed 14 games with a leg in­jury.

Coach Alain Vigneault said Mitchell’s con­di­tion ap­pears to be im­prov­ing.

” I think he’s do­ing much bet­ter,” he said. ”(Mon­day) was his best day, so hope­fully he’ll be able to do more in the next lit­tle while. ” The headaches are gone, but I’m no doc­tor.” The Canucks hope to have Mitchell back be­fore the end of their eight-game road trip lead­ing into the Olympic break.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

In this Aug. 28, 2007, file photo, Martina Hingis of Switzer­land re­turns a vol­ley to Mathilde Jo­hans­son of France at the U.S. Open ten­nis tour­na­ment in New York. Hingis says she can't help but think about mak­ing yet an­other come­back when she sees the suc­cess Kim Cli­jsters and Justine Henin are hav­ing af­ter be­ing away from ten­nis. Hingis re­tired for the sec­ond time in 2007, when she was banned for test­ing pos­i­tive for co­caine. That sus­pen­sion ended in Septem­ber and Hingis has com­mit­ted to a full sea­son of WorldTeam Ten­nis, the coed league founded by Bil­lie Jean King and head­ing into its 35th sea­son.

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