Hingis re­tires af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for co­caine

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Martina Hingis said Thurs­day she has been ac­cused of test­ing pos­i­tive for co­caine atWim­ble­don, and then an­nounced her re­tire­ment from pro­fes­sional ten­nis.

Hingis, a five-time Grand Slam cham­pion and for­mer Wim­ble­don win­ner, de­nied us­ing co­caine.

“I find this ac­cu­sa­tion so hor­ren­dous, so mon­strous that I’ve de­cided to con­front it head on by talk­ing to the press,” she said. “I am frus­trated and an­gry. I be­lieve that I am ab­so­lutely 100 per­cent in­no­cent.”

Her voice broke as she fought back tears in read­ing the state­ment. At the end, she took no ques­tions and left the news con­fer­ence.

The 27-year-old Swiss player lost in the third round atWim­ble­don to Laura Granville, 6-4, 6-2.

Hingis said the pos­i­tive test, which could lead to a dop­ing sus­pen­sion of up to two years, led to her re­tire­ment be­cause she doesn’t want to spend years fight­ing the case.

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