Hingis not considering full comeback


Originally published on: 02/08/13 00:00

Speaking at the Southern California Open where the former world No.1 is playing doubles with Daniela Hantuchova after a six-year absence from the WTA, the 32-year-old said the women’s professional game was a “different world”.

A five-time Grand Slam singles champion, Hingis made her first comeback in 2006 after retiring in 2002 with ankle problems.

The Swiss, who also has ten Grand Slam doubles titles (nine women’s, one mixed), retired for a second time time in November 2007 and has recently been coaching Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

But despite her recent return to action in Carlsbad, where she and Hantuchova won their opening match 6-1 6-1 against Julia Goerges and Darija Jurak, Hingis insists she has no intention of making a full comeback.

"I wouldn't want to come out and play one or two [singles] matches and then lose third round, that's not my type of personality,” Hingis said when asked if she was considering a singles return. “So, not at this point, no."

"It's a different world," she added. "Playing tournaments, that's the easy part. It's all the grind behind it, behind the scenes that people don't see; the six straight hours of training. At 17, everything seemed to be so easy. Now, I'm almost twice the age."


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