Swiss Miss re­tires thrice

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT -

MARTINA Hingis an­nounced last week that she will retire from ten­nis for the third time in her ca­reer at the end of the on­go­ing WTA Fi­nals.

The Swiss ini­tially con­firmed the news on Twit­ter and Face­book af­ter win­ning her quar­ter­fi­nal dou­bles match.

The top-seeded pair, Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan of Taipei, de­feated Anna-Lena Groene­feld of Ger­many and Kveta Peschke of Czech Repub­lic 6-3, 6-2.

“I told Latisha (Chan) from the start (of the year), ‘Hey this will prob­a­bly be my last year,’” Hingis said.

“Prob­a­bly peo­ple think af­ter a sea­son like this (to con­tinue) but I think its per­fect tim­ing be­cause you want to stop on top. I couldn’t ask for a bet­ter fin­ish.”

The 37-year-old Hingis amassed five Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tles, 13 Grand Slam dou­bles ti­tles, and seven Grand Slam mixed dou­bles ti­tles dur­ing her stop-start ca­reer.

Over­all, she has won 43 sin­gles and 64 dou­bles ti­tles, and was one of six play­ers to hold the No 1 rank­ing in sin­gles and dou­bles at the same time in her ca­reer.

This year, Hingis has won nine women’s dou­bles ti­tles, in­clud­ing the US Open with Chan. She also won the Wim­ble­don and US Open mixed dou­bles tro­phies with Jamie Mur­ray. Hingis won last year’s WTA Fi­nals dou­bles ti­tle with Sa­nia Mirza of In­dia.

Hingis first walked away from ten­nis in 2003 be­cause of in­juries.

She re­turned to the sport in 2006, but af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for co­caine dur­ing the 2007 Wim­ble­don tour­na­ment she left the game again.

De­spite hav­ing al­ready re­tired, in 2008 she was sen­tenced to a two-year ban from ten­nis for the pos­i­tive drug test.

“The pre­vi­ous times (I re­tired) I al­ways had things in the back of my head that I might be able to, sin­gles and then dou­bles, might be able to do that,” Hingis said. “I think now it’s def­i­nite. Be­fore I was think­ing I might come back.”

In 2013, Hingis re­turned to ten­nis as a dou­bles-only player. She won 10 of her Grand Slam dou­bles ti­tles since com­ing out of re­tire­ment in 2013.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the things ahead of me, and ten­nis will al­ways be a part of my life,” Hingis said, adding that “the travel will def­i­nitely be one thing I won’t miss any­more.” - New York Post

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