Martina Hingis to play World TeamTennis
Rules out full return ‘at this point’
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.
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.