Thursday, May 7, 2009

Will Martina Hingis Return After Her 2-Year Suspension?


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The 2-year suspension of Martina Hingis from ITF or any associated events will be lifted on October 1, 2009. Now the big question is, will there be another comeback considering that she already announced her permanent retirement from competitive tennis last November 1, 2007? At age 28 is there tennis left in her? Can she re-write her Cinderella story that was smeared due to doping allegations?

Hingis - Press Conference November 1, 2007
A lot of us can only speculate or even assume what her decisions after the suspension will be. However the fact still remain; her tactical approach to the game is still beyond compare. If there is anybody who has really maximised her tennis potentials, Martina Hingis would be on top of my list. She may fall deficit in the power hitting arena but her excellent shot selection and low error-rates garnered her a re-entry in the top 10; as high as rank 6 during her comeback. This only proves that the women's tour still very much lack variety in their game - and for Hingis to win matches alongside with her 50 to 60 mph first serve surely is an amazing feat.

She was last seen participating in an exhibition match in Liverpool International Tournament June 13, 2008 (she was allowed to play since this is not part of WTA Tour). In a re-match of 1997 Wimbledon final, Hingis defeated Jana Novotna 6-3, 6-4.

Ideally, I would like to see Hingis bid her farewell on Australian Open 2010 - The slam where her tennis career really flourished. Appearing in six singles final (champion from 1997 to 1999 and runner-ups from 2000 to 2002). The slow-rubbery court of the Australian Open really suits her game; also where her signature drop shot followed by lob can be rewarding.

Hingis on her route to AO QTR
One option she can also look into is playing doubles - where she has accomplished a lot as well during her prime.

Whatever her decision will be during the late part of this year; one detail only remain, her smile and character is greatly missed on tour.

Hingis in her winning smile
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21 comments:

Wilbert said...

I think she has stamina issue to keep up the now demanding matches...

Venus Fan said...

You are crazy to still expect Hingis to win matches... Dream on brother!

Andie said...

She old and slow... She can only participate during legends season LOL

Lorie on May 08, 2009 6:01 AM said...

Martina will be forever remembered as the cocky player whose mouth is as big as her racket... Good luck!

Dennis Lau said...

Yes she was able to return to top 10 but her form can never make it to top 1... So if ever she make a comeback, top 20 I'd say.

Baselineer said...

Martina Hingis? sniff sniff.. She's too busy doing drugs to make a comeback!

Charlie Aces said...

You got that one right Baselineer!

She might have won 5 slams but her image doing drugs is already written on all sports news there is.. So for the comeback... I don't think so... And besides, what else can she do that she hasn't done? It is better off for her to retire

Barbara Kieff said...

When Martina reached her top6 high during her comeback it was a fluke... The will williamses and Sharapova were not competing due to injuries.. So it was all strategically plan by Chuckie.

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on May 08, 2009 6:55 AM said...

Hi everyone,

Thanks to all your comments: may it be negative or not. I really appreciate all the insights you shared.

However, let me point out that Martina should be given credit for what she has accomplished. to name those will be endless. If she makes a comeback it a risk she has really planned well :)

Lester Alcala said...

Your blog site surely amazes me... Brilliant ideas and it's all about variety... I just wonder how your mind works.

Anyways, Martina Hingis has done so much for tennis. She is truly one of those champion who is dearly loved by her fans... Unlike Graff who after her champion years remain to be misunderstoon and dark. The Williams sister however are loved because of sheer power but lack of finesse and variety - But never for the persona...

I guess if there is another Martina comeback, I totally agree with you Enrico. Australian Open is where she rose in fame - and its also where she best lay down her colorful and productive career :)

Anonymous said...

blogger is so gay!!!

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on May 08, 2009 9:21 AM said...

"blogger is so gay!!!"

LOL

poledward said...

"My weapon on the tennis court is and always was one single thing: the game, the ingenuity on court, And for this style of tennis, there is only one performance enhancer — the love of the game." - Martina Hingis

I will always remember my idol as a true champion, her natural on-court ability and the unrivaled joy she brings will always be an authentic Hingis.

Youngest Wimbledon champion at 15. Youngest grand slam champion in the 20th century at 16. Youngest WORLD #1.

Martina Hingis is one of the very few truly interesting, intelligent match players of the new millennium so I think it is fitting for her to play once again, one more time.

No one plays like Hingis – no one else could.

poledward said...

By the way I so love your Blogspot. You are the best Eric Capacia.

I admit I'm always second best when it comes to Martina Hingis, you are and will always be her number 1 fan...=)

Papang said...

c'mon you guys...let's all be fair to the author of this entry...if only we would be taking things rationally, he actually has a point...i am not so much into tennis and definitely NOT a hingis fan...(i have stopped following the sport since bjorn borg and john mc enroe retired, it must be because of age...hehehe...the few tennis players that impressed me during those times were ivan lendl, boris becker, yannick noah & navratilova...the latest generation of tennis greats that caught my attention were pete sampras, andre' agassi, goran ivanesivic, chris evert, stefi graf, monica seles, and of course mary pierce - she's actually my fave bec. of her beauty...)

I can actully still name a few of the sports' great players but that would only draw out of the main topic...going back. this particualar entry, as i have observed has no plans of trying to find out who's the best. it was clearly stated above what she (hingis) has contributed to the discipline and how far the sport would really take her...

let's face it, she became the youngest Wimbledon champion when she teamed with Helena Suková to win the women's doubles title at age 15 years and 9 months. She also won her first professional singles title that year. Eventually, became the youngest Grand Slam singles winner in the 20th century by winning the Australian Open at age 16 years and 3 months (beating my love, Mary Pierce).

and here's (the worst) more, I'm very sure that she will be a shoo-in to the Hall of Fame, someday...it doesn't matter when or how soon but it's bound to happen...no matter how bitter it may be, it is a fact that all of us have to respect...

I used to have this constant argument w/ a colleague of mine, actually up unitl this moment...Paul Delina is a huge of Martina and he would kill for her w/out batting an eyelash...

but, hey...who am I to despise them...

so if i were you guys, start conducting you own piece for your respective discipline or idols or if you have already started just continue doing so...

we may be all enitled to our own opinion but there are also such terms as RESPECT and COURTESY...stop bickering and spread the love...

I still love you, mary pierce...no matter what...

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on May 08, 2009 9:57 AM said...

To poledward,

Thank you for standing up for our Swiss Miss. You are truly the number one defender!!!

Thanks, thanks!

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on May 08, 2009 10:18 AM said...

Hi Papang,

I was in awe with your comment... You got me speechless :s

"this particualar entry, as i have observed has no plans of trying to find out who's the best. it was clearly stated above what she (hingis) has contributed to the discipline and how far the sport would really take her..."

I could never agree more... The blog is all about wanting to know other people's view if another comeback is still possible? Because I think it is. It may entail a lot of work; probably doubly hard when she was even starting. But she deserves to be given another chance to play on center court.

Thanks for droppin' by.. Do check from time to time... More fierce blogs to come :)

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