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Let's talk about Martina Hingis!

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Stevens Point
01-26-2006, 11:00 PM
Please forgive me for opening this thread here that is related to neither Roger nor men's tennis. However, this thread is for some of you, my fellow Roger fans, who are also excited by Martina's come back.

Since her official announcement of her coming back to the professional tennis, Martina has been a hot topic for us. We showed our excitement about her going deep in this year's Australian Open.

Here is the place for you, fans of Roger and Martina. :) You can cheer for her here, post her pictures, etc etc if you like.

Let's talk about Martina! :angel:

http://www2.sfdrs.ch/piccache/webtool/data/pics/sporttennisartikel/te_ausopen_hingis3_szq_w480_h_m.jpg

SP :wavey:

bokehlicious
01-26-2006, 11:10 PM
I am so happy with Martina's comeback... Normally I don't like watching WTA tennis, but I love to watch her play, he science of the game, she has all shots, and I hope she'll be able to play the big girls in spite of her lack of power... I like to see her volleying too, which is so rare in women's tennis...

I heard Mats Wilander saying he thinks she could win slams again, but not before one year...

Good luck Martina :worship:

Fergie
01-27-2006, 12:05 AM
Great thread! :yeah:

Martina will play today her mixed doubles match ... Good Luck!!! :bounce:

makro120
01-27-2006, 01:27 AM
Martina Hingis is the only player in the WTA I have ever been interested in watching. She has an amazing tennis intelligense and she has an amazing aura around here when she is playing tennis, you can see she was born to play tennis and I always was so sad she had such a bad luck in the end of her career and ended it in such a terrible way.

Now, lets see if she can start a new Hingis era in the WTA, that would be a total surprise to all experts who constantly talks how womens tennis has developped the last years.

SUKTUEN
01-27-2006, 10:32 AM
is it Good ?

bokehlicious
01-27-2006, 12:56 PM
Good luck for the mixed doubles final !!!!

Fergie
01-27-2006, 04:44 PM
Good luck Marti! :bounce:

Stevens Point
01-27-2006, 07:10 PM
One win away from a Grand Slam title in mixed!! :yeah:

http://www2.sfdrs.ch/piccache/webtool/data/pics/sporttennisartikel/te_ausopen_mixed_szq_w480_h_m.jpg

Billabong
01-27-2006, 09:54 PM
As everyone knows, Martina Hingis is by far my all-time favorite player, and it was a delight to see her back. Her style of play is unique, her finesse and court sense are fantastic and you can see she always builds her points, she has a plan right from the start. That's what I call a very smart player:)! She has shown she could still compete with the very best (lost to Kim 4-6 in the 3rd set), and even improve from this loss:D! So we're definitely looking forward to see her again this year, and all wish her the best:yeah:! She's in the mixed doubles finals now, so she already has a chance to win a GS title, which would be her first mixed doubles crown of her career:worship:! GOOOOOOOOOOO Martinaaaaaaa and Mahesh:bounce:!!!!!!!!

Doris Loeffel
01-27-2006, 10:30 PM
I think Martinas comeback was the best thing that could have happen to womens tennis right now!! Her style is sooooo different to all the powerhitters very much like Rogers in the mens tennis. Guess people only realised what a great, smart, witfull player she was when she was no longer around. And I'm sure she'll be able to compete with the best again. Sure she lost to Juju and Kim so far but with a bit of match praxis and a few more hours woring on that serve and she's right there again!! As for her doubles skills looks like she's lost nothing of it!!

Good luck in the final Martina (wish I could watch it somewhere....)

lunahielo
01-27-2006, 11:03 PM
I adore Martina.
She always plays intelligent tennis.
So far, a terrific comeback and I look for more and more better things to come from her.

She is the only woman I watch full time.
:)

SUKTUEN
01-28-2006, 07:24 AM
Good luck for the mixed doubles final !!!!

Good Luck Hingis !!! Two Swiss Get the Championship~!!! :yippee: :yippee:

but I only know here very few things~~ :scratch:

tonia9
01-28-2006, 08:26 PM
I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this. Marti's thread on MTF :lol:
I think it's a good idea to post about her in one place, so thanks SP.

Good luck Martina!

Fedex
01-29-2006, 01:26 AM
I am really glad she is back.:) She brings something very different to the game. You know, I used to rather dislike Hingis earlier in her career, in particular for her comments on Mauresmo being 'half a man' in 1999, but since then she has matured as both a person and a player, and has gained my utmost respect.

lunahielo
01-29-2006, 06:39 AM
Way to go in your doubles, Martina!
Congratulations!
Welcome back!!! :bounce:

TenHound
01-29-2006, 07:45 AM
Love the idea for this thread. Next time start @beg. of tournament. Let's just say, it's appropriate that we've adopted her ;)

I second Fedex's remarks. Wonderful to see her maturity in addition to her tennis.

Poor Orphan Martina - no one wanted to play doubles w/her. So, Bhupati teamed up w/her & they WON ;) :) (Did anyone get to see the match?)

bokehlicious
01-29-2006, 08:44 AM
Congratulations for this AO mixed doubles title !! :worship: :worship:

SUKTUEN
01-29-2006, 10:22 AM
Congratulations Hingiss~!!!!

I hope GOD BLESS Roger too~!!!!!!!!!! :bigcry:

GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

Fergie
01-29-2006, 11:50 AM
Congrats Marti, what a perfect day!!! :bounce:

SUKTUEN
01-29-2006, 12:34 PM
Congrats Roger too~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, what a perfect day!! :clap2: :clap2: :bounce: :bounce:

tonia9
01-29-2006, 12:40 PM
Congrats Marti.

Stevens Point
01-29-2006, 12:43 PM
Swiss Triumph on the last day of Australian Open!! Congratulations Martina!!! :D :D :D

http://www2.sfdrs.ch/piccache/webtool/data/pics/sporttennisartikel/te_hingis_ausopen_mixed_szq_w480_h_m.jpg

SUKTUEN
01-29-2006, 01:03 PM
Congrats Roger too~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, what a perfect day!! :clap2: :clap2: :bounce: :bounce:

SWISS GO GO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO~!!! :devil: :devil:

frederer
01-29-2006, 02:50 PM
I'm so happy to see martina play again on court... and we could see that she can win with more practise the best woman player like Cljesters or Morismo... well come back Miss Martina i wish she could be in the top 15 soon, maybe the end of the year... who knows

flyingmachine
01-29-2006, 03:07 PM
Well she is not my fav. I still can't get my head round these nasty words when she said the "half men" comment on Amelie 7 years ago. :( However, I'm welcome Hingis back into the game. There are too many "power only" players in the women's game apart from Justine and Amelie who are still very much finesse players most of the top players in the women's game are power base. So I think someone like Martina will defiinately help the quality of women's game.
As well as interesting comments. :tape:
Anyway, what a day for Swiss tennis. :worship:
Shame on British tennis. :o

Daniel
01-29-2006, 10:12 PM
Swiss Triumph on the last day of Australian Open!! Congratulations Martina!!! :D :D :D

http://www2.sfdrs.ch/piccache/webtool/data/pics/sporttennisartikel/te_hingis_ausopen_mixed_szq_w480_h_m.jpg

Such is god to see her smiling and winning in Grand Slams

Hopefully she will do better in Tokyo.

I am so happy the way she has been playing in Melbourne.
Marti :hug: :kiss:

Doris Loeffel
01-29-2006, 10:17 PM
Concrats Martina!!
It's just soo good to have you back!!

Daniel
01-30-2006, 04:01 AM
Tokyo
Main Draw

Sharapova (1) -bye
q vs. q
Stosur vs. Nakamura
Jankovic vs. Hantuchova (6)

Dechy (3) -bye
Morigami vs. Hingis
Kirilenko vs. q
Sugiyama vs. Ivanovic (8)

Likhotseva (7) vs. Asagoe
Bartoli vs. Golovin
Koukalova vs. Zheng
Myskina (4) -bye

Vaidisova (5) vs. q
Peng vs. Peschke
Craybas vs. Srebotnik
Dementieva (2) -bye


Looks like a decent draw, not too tough.
Good luck vs Morigami. :)

SUKTUEN
01-30-2006, 08:50 AM
She play next week?

Stevens Point
01-30-2006, 08:54 AM
She play next week?
This week, Suktuen! :) Good luck Martina!! :bounce:

steph2790
01-30-2006, 09:03 AM
:topic: i thought it said "let's talk about marijuana!"

Daniel
01-30-2006, 09:23 AM
:topic: i thought it said "let's talk about marijuana!"

:o :o

:lol:

SUKTUEN
01-30-2006, 09:42 AM
This week, Suktuen! :) Good luck Martina!! :bounce:
Good Luck to Her~! :wavey:

JustmeUK
01-30-2006, 09:47 AM
I'll be honest.. I never was a Hingis fan. Too spoilt and too petulant when she was growing up and dominating the women's tour for awhile and then I thought some of her behaviour when the Williams' came along was a little bitchy (though to be fair neither parties behaved well!)

She does seem to have matured and she does play a different game. I followed more WTA tennis at the AO because of her than I have of any WTA event for a long time. She definitely has my support now and I hope she wins the French. WB Martina :). Now go complete your career slam!

TennisGrandSlam
01-30-2006, 10:36 AM
congrats to Martina, also hope that Bhupathi can complete Mahesh Slam of Mixed Doubles : (He won all 4 kinds of Slam but not in straight)

Wimbledon 2005 (w/ Mary Pierce) ->
US Open 2005 (w/ Daniela Hantuchova) ->
Australian Open 2006 (w/ Martina Hingis) -> Roland Garros 2006 ?

:worship:



Bhupathi will complete Mahesh Slam of Mixed Doubles in Roland Garros 2006

Federer will complete Roger Slam of Mens Singles in Roland Garros 2006

SUKTUEN
01-30-2006, 11:36 AM
big words

Billabong
01-30-2006, 12:08 PM
Congrats Martina in mixed, you and Mahesh were fantastic:banana: Now good success in Tokyo:bounce:!!!

Stevens Point
01-30-2006, 12:14 PM
She is currently ranked 117 right now... It gets better and better!! :D

Stevens Point
01-30-2006, 02:55 PM
On Monday in Tokyo.

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flyingmachine
01-30-2006, 03:15 PM
I'll be honest.. I never was a Hingis fan. Too spoilt and too petulant when she was growing up and dominating the women's tour for awhile and then I thought some of her behaviour when the Williams' came along was a little bitchy (though to be fair neither parties behaved well!)

I have to agree with you on that she used to be very bitchy. I think her comments towords Amelie in 1999 was the worse of her bitchy behaviour on that time and I do think Amelie was deeply hurt on that. However, she did say some positive things on Amelie win on Aus Open recently so it seem in the end that she has matured.

She does seem to have matured and she does play a different game. I followed more WTA tennis at the AO because of her than I have of any WTA event for a long time. She definitely has my support now and I hope she wins the French. WB Martina :). Now go complete your career slam!
I totally agree with on that too. It seems she using more power than she used to be but still has the touch at the net and the finesse that she was. Anyway, I think this season could be a very exciting season for women's tennis. :)

Fedex
01-30-2006, 11:02 PM
Congrats on the grand slam doubles title, Martina. :)

frederer
01-31-2006, 07:58 PM
She is currently ranked 117 right now... It gets better and better!! :D


yes and she will be very soon in the top 20... i'm optimistik

tonia9
01-31-2006, 08:57 PM
Good luck Marti!!

yes and she will be very soon in the top 20... i'm optimistik

You're less optimistic than Sharapova ;) She said that Martina will be soon in top 10.

Billabong
02-01-2006, 03:10 AM
Martina will play tonight, let's hope for the best:banana: GOOOOOOOO Martinaaaaaa:bounce:!!!!!!!!

SUKTUEN
02-01-2006, 05:16 AM
I think she is more pretty than past

Stevens Point
02-01-2006, 09:33 AM
6-0 6-0 win for Martina over Yoon-Jeong Cho (WTA 61)!!?? in 35 minutes??? Wow.... :eek:

tonia9
02-01-2006, 09:35 AM
Well... Well done!! :)
Martina Hingis (SUI) d. Yoon-Jeong Cho (KOR) 60 60

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2006-02-01T085912Z_01_TOK35D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-JAPAN.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2006-02-01T090202Z_01_TOK34D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-JAPAN.jpg

SUKTUEN
02-01-2006, 09:35 AM
she is more and more powerful

SUKTUEN
02-01-2006, 09:36 AM
I love the second photo~!

bokehlicious
02-01-2006, 10:18 AM
Well done Marti 2 bagels in the bag !! :worship:

SUKTUEN
02-01-2006, 10:26 AM
ha ha ha

Doris Loeffel
02-01-2006, 12:21 PM
Wow you just came back and you already serve out bagels - not bad Martina keep it up!!

Billabong
02-01-2006, 01:53 PM
WOW Well done Martina, awesome job:yeah:!!!!!!!!! GOOOOOOOO Martinaaaaaaa:bounce:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Billabong
02-01-2006, 01:54 PM
Tonight she plays against #15 Dechy, let's hope again for the best:D!

Daniel
02-01-2006, 09:16 PM
http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/fimages/report/hingis0130.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060201/capt.xkan10302010841.japan_tennis_toray_pan_pacifi c_open_xkan103.jpg

Good luck in the 2r vs Dechy. :worship: :kiss: :hug:

Daniel
02-02-2006, 09:09 AM
Martina bt Dechin in 3 sets in the 2R . She will play teen sensation Maria Kirilienko in the QF.
Vamos Martina
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060202/capt.xkan10102020738.japan_tennis_pan_pacific_open _xkan101.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060202/capt.sge.gmn24.020206074137.photo00.photo.default-274x384.jpg

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bokehlicious
02-02-2006, 09:21 AM
Well done Martina !! Her serve level seemed to decrease a bit, I guess she begins to be tired, 4 tournaments in a month, maybe too much for a comeback... Anyway good luck in next round !

landoud
02-02-2006, 09:43 AM
she is amazing

Billabong
02-02-2006, 02:01 PM
That was a very tough test, but Martina fought very well and bravely, and won:banana:!!! In the first set she couldn't hold serve, but she progressively gained some rhythm and in the third she had the momentum and played superbly (80% 1st serve won) Now she plays against Kirilenko, probably another tough match! GOOOOOOOOOOOOO Martinaaaaaaaaa:bounce:!!!!!!!!!!

avocadoe
02-02-2006, 02:51 PM
woohoo Marti rocks...she broke into the top 100 with that win...good luck against Kirilenko...

SUKTUEN
02-02-2006, 03:39 PM
She must be very happy to play tennis now

tonia9
02-02-2006, 04:59 PM
Thanks for news how she played :kiss:

Good luck Martina!!

SUKTUEN
02-02-2006, 05:05 PM
she looks very relax

Stevens Point
02-02-2006, 08:32 PM
Good luck vs Kirilenko!!

Stevens Point
02-02-2006, 10:45 PM
A question,,

Is she wearing everything from Adidas including her shoes?? No more Sergio.???

Fergie
02-02-2006, 11:13 PM
A question,,

Is she wearing everything from Adidas including her shoes?? No more Sergio.???
No more Sergio since 1999 :)

Good luck Marti in qts! :bounce:

bokehlicious
02-03-2006, 07:32 AM
Well done Martina, 6-2 6-1 against Kirilenko !!! :worship: Now MaSha in semis go go go !!!

Whatever you do in semis, still great to reach that in a Tier I tourney :woohoo:

Puschkin
02-03-2006, 08:50 AM
That's great for Martina, but says it all about women's tennis!

Stevens Point
02-03-2006, 10:41 AM
Nice win today! :yeah: Good luck vs Sharapova!

Stevens Point
02-03-2006, 10:42 AM
No more Sergio since 1999 :)

Good luck Marti in qts! :bounce:
oh ok... Her tennisware is 100% Adidas now? also her shoes?

bokehlicious
02-03-2006, 10:42 AM
Great, Eurosport will broadcast the semis tomorrow (8:30 AM swiss hour) !

Stevens Point
02-03-2006, 10:45 AM
Great, Eurosport will broadcast the semis tomorrow (8:30 AM swiss hour) !
thanks for the news! :D

Stevens Point
02-03-2006, 11:30 AM
Martina experiencing a Japanese culture.. :)

Former world number one Martina Hingis of Switzerland throws beans to reporters wearing demon masks to drive away evil spirits during a setsubun event in Tokyo February 3, 2006. Hingis crushed Russia's Maria Kirilenko 6-2 6-1 at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament on Friday to set up a semi-final clash with top seed Maria Sharapova of Russia. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Billabong
02-03-2006, 12:16 PM
Martina:woohoo:!!!!!!!!!!! Believe in your chances now, you can beat the other Maria:yeah: GOOOOOOOO Martiiiiiiiii:bounce:!!!

nobama
02-03-2006, 12:16 PM
Good win Marti! :) Can she beat Masha though? :unsure:

avocadoe
02-03-2006, 01:54 PM
Good win Marti! :) Can she beat Masha though? :unsure:

a little maybe :wavey:
hope its at least close so she can hope for the future..
she is doing great...wish I could watch...
will luckies watching in Switzerland or Tokyo do a match report as it goes on?
any chance Eurosport radio will pick it up?
lots of questions, i answered one and left a bunch :)

bokehlicious
02-03-2006, 02:29 PM
will luckies watching in Switzerland or Tokyo do a match report as it goes on?

Ok, I'll do a short match report ;)

landoud
02-03-2006, 02:35 PM
good luck Marti

Fergie
02-03-2006, 02:37 PM
oh ok... Her tennisware is 100% Adidas now? also her shoes?
Yeah ;)

Well done Marti, now beat Maria ... You can do it! :bounce:

avocadoe
02-03-2006, 02:43 PM
Ok, I'll do a short match report ;)
thanks in advance :worship:

good luck Marti, make Maria cry
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Stevens Point
02-03-2006, 08:08 PM
Great, Eurosport will broadcast the semis tomorrow (8:30 AM swiss hour) !
I have just noticed that it will be a rerun of the semi-final matches or just showing parts of the two semi finals because it is scheduled for 75 minutes. Additionally, Hingis-Sharapova match starts at 1 PM in Japan, that is 5 AM in central Europe...

But, better than nothing, so I will watch it as well...

bokehlicious
02-03-2006, 08:36 PM
I have just noticed that it will be a rerun of the semi-final matches or just showing parts of the two semi finals because it is scheduled for 75 minutes. Additionally, Hingis-Sharapova match starts at 1 PM in Japan, that is 5 AM in central Europe...

But, better than nothing, so I will watch it as well...

Unfortunately you're right :sad: This will not be live coverage, but always interesting to see Marti's match or at least the highlights of it...

JustmeUK
02-03-2006, 10:34 PM
there is live coverage on ES2 in the UK at least.

tonia9
02-03-2006, 11:23 PM
Good luck Marti!! :bounce: :bounce:

nobama
02-04-2006, 01:43 AM
Marti was given a WC at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells! :yeah: Maybe I'll get to see her and Roger there! Although I only have tickets for the womens final and mens semis/final, so I probably won't see her....but I better be seeing Roger. :devil:

Fergie
02-04-2006, 05:22 AM
Martina d. Sharapova 6-3 6-1 ... Awesone! :worship:

bokehlicious
02-04-2006, 07:38 AM
Incredible Martina 6-3 6-1 against Sharapova, final again in a Tier I tourney !!!!!! :bowdown: :woohoo:

bokehlicious
02-04-2006, 08:43 AM
Match report (taken from a guy on wtaworld, as my English is too bad to write it properly on my own):

Great match from both girls, but Martina had maria figured out before they waked on court. Maria didnt play that badly but after the game plan of 'blast her off court' failed she didnt have anything to turn to.

Both played really well in the first 6 games, really just testing what each other had to give, but after that martina just stepped it up. Some of the rallies were just great, won by both martina and maria. Martina's court sense and anticipation just won her the match, she knew exactly where to hit the ball and 9/10 times knew exactly what sharapova was going to do with the ball. Martina's first serve has improved loads, she might not be bombing them down at 120mph, but they were consistently hit over 100 and with the direction she always had, the serve is a definite weapon.

Maria just ran out of ideas, she was hitting way too many errors to just try hit martina off the court, but didnt have the skills to hang in a rally when she took the pace of the balls, martina was on them straight away. By 2-1 2nd set Martina looked like the winner.

Stats:
Martina's winners 19
Martina's UEs 9

cool match

Stevens Point
02-04-2006, 09:00 AM
I have just watched the rerun of the match... Oh my god,, how great Martina played! :eek: Sharapova'd said before the match she wanted to take advantage of Martina's serves, because she thought her serves were the weakest of what Martina's got... But, the result turned to be more aces from Martina and the Swiss didn't allow the Russian to have any single break point...

Hatoff, Martina... I never expected that your come back was going to be this amazing...

SUKTUEN
02-04-2006, 09:26 AM
Martina 6-3 6-1 against Sharapova? happy~~~ :devil:

mallorn
02-04-2006, 10:13 AM
:wavey: Hi everybody! *a little nervous* I hope you don't mind a Rafa fan (who appreciates Roger very much :) ) posting here.
Just found this thread, it's a great idea! :yeah: Martina has always been my favourite player on the WTA, now we can talk about her without having to register on WTAWorld, thanks Stevens Point!
The result today - WOW! Marti destroyed Sharapova, I didn't expect a score like that! Congratulations, Martina! :worship:
Here's a little article about the match from BBC Sport (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4680204.stm)
Impressive Hingis ousts Sharapova
Martina Hingis swept past top seed Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-1 to reach the first final of her comeback at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
The former world number one, tournament winner in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002, outplayed defending champion Sharapova.
"It feels good to be in the finals once again - I never thought I would make it this far," said Hingis, 25.
The Swiss will face second seed Elena Dementieva in Sunday's final after she beat Anastasia Myskina 6-4 3-6 6-4.
Hingis returned to the game last month, reaching the Australian Open last eight and winning the mixed doubles.
Her defeat of Sharapova was her first victory against a top-10 player since she started her comeback this season after three years off.
"I feel definitely very good being in the finals again. I hadn't thought to make it this far," said four-time champion Hingis.
"Everybody has always been asking me which player you want to play and I always said 'Maria', because I've never played her and she's a great champion, she has won Wimbledon at such a young age.
"We both knew what to expect from one another. I was watching her growing up and playing."
Sharapova had a break point on her serve in every game in the second set, and when Hingis made it 2-1 and then 4-1 in successive Sharapova service games, the writing was on the wall.
Hingis sealed the win with a third consecutive break - without facing a single break point herself.
Sharapova said: "She was picking up the ball very early... she used the quickness of the court as the advantage and came up with some good shots.
"We had a battle until about three-all (in the first set), and then she broke me. After that she served two aces. She gained a lot of confidence.
"That's what happened, one or two points and the other person gains a lot of confidence from that."

SUKTUEN
02-04-2006, 10:14 AM
thanks

mallorn
02-04-2006, 10:17 AM
Another one, from Eurosport (http://www.eurosport.com/tennis/wta-tokyo-pan-pacific/2006/sport_sto826547.shtml)
Hingis crushes Sharapova
Martina Hingis stunned top seed Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-1 to reach the first final of her comeback at the Pan Pacific Open. The former world number one, a Tokyo winner in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002, outclassed defending champion Sharapova in every department to reach her seventh Tokyo final.
Wildcard Hingis will face another Russian, Elena Dementieva in Sunday's championship match after the second seed's 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory over compatriot Anastasia Myskina.
"It feels like being back in time," a grinning Hingis told reporters. "I knew I still had some game in me. You just have to start believing. I believe I still can play really good tennis.
"It took me three years to recharge my body and my brain. This week I've shown a better game than at the Australian Open.
I'm improving with every tournament."
Sharapova, who was just 15 when ankle injuries forced the Swiss into premature retirement in 2002, simply had no answer to Hingis's guile and precision, surrendering in just 66 minutes.
Hingis returned to the game last month, reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals and winning the mixed doubles title with India's Mahesh Bhupathi.
The "Swiss Miss", who won five grand slam singles titles between 1997 and 1999, rolled back the years, mixing power with sublime touch and making Sharapova look ordinary at times.

DELAYING TACTICS

Sharapova resorted to delaying tactics, turning her back several times as Hingis, playing in her 99th career semi-final, prepared to serve -- but to no avail.
Hingis secured the crucial break to go 4-3 up in the first set when her backhand clipped the top of the net and stopped dead.
The second set was one-way traffic.
Hingis broke in the third game when Sharapova netted a backhand and again to go ahead 4-1 after a wild forehand from the world number four.
"She still has a lot of experience and feel for the game," shrugged Sharapova. "In the second set I didn't really have that fighting spirit I usually have.
"You know, 'could've, would've, should've' but didn't."
The 25-year-old Hingis was unranked three weeks ago but climbed to 117th after her strong run in Melbourne. Her victory over Sharapova will lift Hingis to just outside the top 50.
In the later match, Dementieva outlasted fourth seed Myskina in a fiercely contested encounter to set up a fifth career meeting with Hingis.
"For me Martina is the best player in the world," said Dementieva, who won her last two matches against Hingis in 2001 and 2002.
"I'm so excited to play her. But that doesn't mean I'm not going to play tomorrow. I'll do everything I can to beat her."

SUKTUEN
02-04-2006, 10:28 AM
Why use this format?

bokehlicious
02-04-2006, 10:37 AM
:wavey: Hi everybody! *a little nervous* I hope you don't mind a Rafa fan (who appreciates Roger very much :) ) posting here.
Just found this thread, it's a great idea! :yeah: Martina has always been my favourite player on the WTA, now we can talk about her without having to register on WTAWorld, thanks Stevens Point!
The result today - WOW! Marti destroyed Sharapova, I didn't expect a score like that! Congratulations, Martina! :worship:


Hi Mallorn and welcome here :wavey:

Thanks for the articles ;)

Hola Mr. SK
02-04-2006, 10:48 AM
I can feel she's going to win another GS sinlgles title this year, and she's going to be #1 again!
Go Martina!:yeah:
will she and Roger play mixed dubz again? I'm lookin forward to it ;)

SUKTUEN
02-04-2006, 11:22 AM
I can feel she's going to win another GS sinlgles title this year, and she's going to be #1 again!
Go Martina!:yeah:
will she and Roger play mixed dubz again? I'm lookin forward to it ;)

play double? I think it is very diffcult ~~ :p :p

mallorn
02-04-2006, 11:39 AM
Thanks, JMPower :wavey:
Why use this format?
:confused: An article is a quote, isn't it?

SUKTUEN
02-04-2006, 11:40 AM
quote, what is that?

mallorn
02-04-2006, 11:53 AM
SUKTUEN, please check your PM. :wavey:

Fergie
02-04-2006, 11:58 AM
Nice articles, thanks! :yeah:

Now take the title Marti! :bounce:

Nocko
02-04-2006, 12:18 PM
I watched this match on tv.( I was in Tokyo at that moment but couldn't go coz of job. :sad: )

:eek: :eek: :eek: Martina!!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:
What a speed, what a stratage. This is tennis! She is New Hingis! Sharapowa couldn't do anything.
Now I sure the Queen came back!!

nobama
02-04-2006, 12:57 PM
Marti! :worship: Wow she just thrashed Masha. Wish I could've seen it live.

bokehlicious
02-04-2006, 01:01 PM
Marti! :worship: Wow she just thrashed Masha. Wish I could've seen it live.

Wait for IW final to see her live :o :p

nobama
02-04-2006, 01:19 PM
Wait for IW final to see her live :o :pI'd love it if she could go far there. And the Williams sisters boycott that tournament so they won't be there. But I also like Kim and she's defending champ so I'll be rooting for her too.

bokehlicious
02-04-2006, 01:21 PM
But I also like Kim and she's defending champ so I'll be rooting for her too.

Will she get back from her injury ? Maybe you'll have a Kim-Martina final :)

avocadoe
02-04-2006, 02:10 PM
thrilled, a bit surprised, but Martina is just improving every day. The sky is the limit. Thanks for the articles so fast and luckies who saw it on the telly!!! Sometimes a channel called "OXYGEN" shows this final the Monday after, or even a week later, or more. Those who have it in the usa might want to check the logs carefully. I know I will :)

nobama
02-04-2006, 03:23 PM
Will she get back from her injury ? Maybe you'll have a Kim-Martina final :)I just hope if they both play they're not on the same side of the draw.

nobama
02-04-2006, 09:09 PM
I just finished watching the Masha/Marti match and wow Marti played so well! Had more winners than Masha and only 9 UEs compared with Masha's 24. First serve percentage was 71%. She also won 70% of first serve points and 73% off second serve. :eek: I really hope she wins tomorrow, but either way the rest of the field must take notice. Because I think she's debunking this myth that she won't be able to compete with the big hitters or that her serve is a liability.

RogiFan88
02-04-2006, 10:14 PM
:wavey:

Martina on the cover of the Spanish Tennis a fondo mag "The return of Martina Hingis" February issue:

http://www.motorpress-iberica.es/imagenes/externos/kiosco/Portadas/tennisafondo/tennis82g.jpg

www.motorpress-iberica.es

Fergie
02-04-2006, 10:21 PM
Nice cover! :D

bokehlicious
02-05-2006, 05:10 AM
Nothing to do for the Swiss Miss in final against Lena D 2-6 0-6... Too much power from the Russian with only 14 UEs... Today Marti was totally owned on her 2nd serve...

Fergie
02-05-2006, 05:11 AM
Marti :sad:

mallorn
02-05-2006, 09:42 AM
Martina :hug: That score! Ouch. :sad:
I haven't seen the match but from JMPower's account and articles online it would seem that Elena played extremely well, she said "I have never had a 6-0 second set, only against me, :eek: but I think the match was closer than the score." Martina didn't seem crushed in her interview, so I hope she'll regroup and go one step further soon.

bokehlicious
02-05-2006, 10:58 AM
but I think the match was closer than the score." Martina didn't seem crushed in her interview, so I hope she'll regroup and go one step further soon.

Right, Martina didn't play badly but Lena played really well :eek: only 3 dfs :eek: and a ton of winners with so few UEs... Congrats to Lena for her biggest title :worship:

avocadoe
02-05-2006, 12:54 PM
can someone post the interview, or where it is? I haven't seen interviews at Toray's site?

good to hear it was excellent play by ED. It's been a great start up the ladder, for Martina and more to come :)

mallorn
02-05-2006, 01:28 PM
can someone post the interview, or where it is? I haven't seen interviews at Toray's site?
I haven't seen a full interview, either. The quote I posted was taken from this article on Eurosport called Dementieva outshines Hingis (http://www.eurosport.com/tennis/wta-tokyo-pan-pacific/2006/sport_sto827156.shtml).
Martina sounded quite upbeat in this BBC Sport article Hingis title quest ends in defeat (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4682466.stm).

nobama
02-05-2006, 01:51 PM
Poor Marti. :sad: I think this could be a problem for her - consistency. Playing really well one day and then getting beat up the next. But hey she made the finals of a Tier I event, beating world #4 along the way. That's certainly something to be proud of.

SUKTUEN
02-05-2006, 02:46 PM
that's OK~!!

She will Be play better in next time!! GO Hingis~!

Stevens Point
02-06-2006, 12:27 PM
It is still great that she reached the final of a tier1 event already!! :yeah: Dementieva was simply too good there... :eek:

Now Martina is already ranked within the top 50, 48 to be exact!! :D She will have 5 week break and will return in Indian Wells... Good luck, Martina!!

avocadoe
02-06-2006, 02:49 PM
5 week rest? I don't think that's the plan...two weeks and then Doha? and Dubai? before IW...

SUKTUEN
02-06-2006, 03:55 PM
Hingis is Top 48 ?

Stevens Point
02-06-2006, 08:58 PM
5 week rest? I don't think that's the plan...two weeks and then Doha? and Dubai? before IW...
That's what a sport moderator said on TV on Sunday... He said 5 week rest, and her next tournament is Indian Wells...

Fergie
02-06-2006, 10:44 PM
2 weeks off ... Martina will play in Dubai and Doha :)

Stevens Point
02-06-2006, 11:10 PM
There is an article about her coming to Dubai, so OK, then Dubai.. :) Pff, I don't know why he said 5 week rest.. :shrug:

lunahielo
02-06-2006, 11:22 PM
Originally posted by skykisser
will she and Roger play mixed dubz again? I'm lookin forward to it

Wow! Wouldn't that be a thing of beauty to watch! :yeah:
luna

Doris Loeffel
02-07-2006, 12:30 AM
Concrats Martina for reaching the top 50 so fast!!

Billabong
02-07-2006, 02:53 AM
Yep, Martina plans to play Dubai, Doha (2 tournaments she won in 2001), Indian Wells and Miami! She hasn't revealed her plans after that;)

SUKTUEN
02-07-2006, 04:27 PM
So She will go to Dubai with Roger?

bokehlicious
02-07-2006, 05:43 PM
Martina explained she was back in Switzerland to work hard on her fitness, I guess the Tokyo final shows her that she really has to improve in that domain to challenge the power girls. I know it's a long and tough work though so I doubt she'll improve her strength in a few weeks only, but there's no train to catch, take your time Marti...

MisterQ
02-07-2006, 08:41 PM
I'm thrilled with Hingis' progress thus far in her comeback, and it's great to watch her outmaneuver her opponents. :worship:

I think her toughest opponents will always be those who are reasonably powerful and FAST: Dementieva, JHH, Clijsters, Venus & Serena if they are in form. The ease with which she beat the slower Zvonareva and Sharapova seems to demonstrate this. The main exception to this could be Davenport, because she strikes the ball so incredibly. It will be fascinating to see those two play each other again.

Fergie
02-07-2006, 09:57 PM
So She will go to Dubai with Roger?
If I'm not wrong the tournament isn't in the same week for atp and wta

Billabong
02-08-2006, 12:30 AM
On Eurosport they said she wouldn't play at all on clay due to too much hard work on her body:confused:?? I wonder if it's true, since I didn't see any article talking about it, plus Martina usually loves to play on clay and certainly wants to win RG! Also, her comeback is very impressive so far, so I wouldn't understand if she skips it.....

SUKTUEN
02-08-2006, 04:51 PM
ha

tonia9
02-08-2006, 08:47 PM
If I'm not wrong the tournament isn't in the same week for atp and wta

You're not wrong Fergie :)
Women's tournament starts on 20 Feb, men's on 27th.






Marti :hug: and good luck in Dubai

Fergie
02-08-2006, 10:32 PM
On Eurosport they said she wouldn't play at all on clay due to too much hard work on her body:confused:?? I wonder if it's true, since I didn't see any article talking about it, plus Martina usually loves to play on clay and certainly wants to win RG! Also, her comeback is very impressive so far, so I wouldn't understand if she skips it.....
I don't believe it ... I'm sure that Marti wants to have a good RG :)

Billabong
02-09-2006, 04:26 AM
I don't believe it ... I'm sure that Marti wants to have a good RG :)

yes me too:) She always played well on clay:)

Fergie
02-19-2006, 12:35 PM
Dubai Draw ... Good luck Marti! :yeah:

(1/wc)Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) v BYE
Q v Q
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Q
(8)Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Na Li (CHN)

(4)Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) v BYE
Kveta Peschke (CZE) v Q
Vera Zvonareva (RUS) v (wc)Selima Sfar (TUN)
(7)Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Virginie Razzano (FRA)

(6)Anastasia Myskina (RUS) v Jie Zheng (CHN)
(wc)Martina Hingis (SUI) v Sania Mirza (IND)
Marion Bartoli (FRA) v Vera Dushevina (RUS)
(3)Maria Sharapova (RUS) v BYE

(5)Nadia Petrova (RUS) v Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
Ai Sugiyama (JPN) v Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) v Jelena Jankovic (SCG)
(2)Lindsay Davenport (USA) v BYE

SUKTUEN
02-19-2006, 01:06 PM
GO SWISS~!!!!!!!!!

bokehlicious
02-20-2006, 07:06 AM
Good luck Swiss Miss !!!

Daniel
02-21-2006, 01:48 AM
pff i dont like her draw at all , but still i beleive Martina will beat Sania on Tuesday :)

Go Martina!! :worship:

Stevens Point
02-21-2006, 06:24 PM
She beat Sania.. on to the 2nd round! :)

mallorn
02-21-2006, 06:51 PM
6-3, 7-5. Well done Marti! :D Match reports make it sound like it was a tough job, though. Here are some quotes from Martina (Reuters (http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=URI:urn:newsml:reuters.com:20060221:MTFH70 668_2006-02-21_18-17-00_L21466728:1)):

I'm happy to be through, to be honest. It wasn't the greatest match I've played, but I'm through.

It felt like a soccer game out there but it didn't really bother me. Maybe in the past I would get annoyed by the crowd but today I just tried to go through it.

But I just couldn't find my rhythm, coming from playing indoors. I came here Friday, but it always takes you a couple of matches.

I felt I had the game under control and whenever I needed it I was able to step it up.

I wasn't thinking that I was going to lose the set because I felt she always had ups and downs. So did I, but every time I needed it I knew I could pressure her.

I came back home after Tokyo and was doing a lot of physical work and conditioning, and I think I overdid it a little bit and I'm still recovering.

Next up Myskina (she had to play three sets against Jie Zheng).

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/461/martina2tt.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

bokehlicious
02-21-2006, 06:54 PM
Thanks Mallorn ;)

landoud
02-21-2006, 08:12 PM
she was awesome today

Doris Loeffel
02-21-2006, 09:46 PM
Well done Martina and good luck against Myskina!!

sharpeirob
02-21-2006, 09:49 PM
She played great match!

Many times she drop shotted(perfectly i may add) bringing stupid mirza into net and then simply lobbing her.

She won this way quite a few times over one dimensional mirza. I hate mirza she is so overrated, she just sucks :rolleys:

Fergie
02-22-2006, 01:46 AM
Well done Marti, great match!!! :yeah:

Breakaway
02-22-2006, 01:57 AM
WooHoo martina :D :D :D

SUKTUEN
02-22-2006, 04:59 AM
GO SWISS~~~!!!!!

mallorn
02-22-2006, 01:31 PM
She won again! :D :yippee:

(WC) Martina Hingis (SUI) d. (6) Anastasia Myskina (RUS) 64 63

http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/751/olyfull10ud.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

(Photo from yesterday's match.)

nobama
02-22-2006, 02:17 PM
:) It's nice to see her winning, but I still get nervous when she plays because she does get broken a lot. I think in the 1st set today she was up 4-1 and looked to be cruising and then all of a sudden it was 4-all. And in the second set she had a tough time serving for the match. I think it will be hard when she has to play against a Mauresmo or Davenport who she won't be able to break as easily and who will have a field day with her serve.

alfonsojose
02-22-2006, 02:20 PM
:) It's nice to see her winning, but I still get nervous when she plays because she does get broken a lot. I think in the 1st set today she was up 4-1 and looked to be cruising and then all of a sudden it was 4-all. And in the second set she had a tough time serving for the match. I think it will be hard when she has to play against a Mauresmo or Davenport who she won't be able to break as easily and who will have a field day with her serve.
Lindsay is going to eat her 2nd serve if she gets past SFarapova

Fergie
02-22-2006, 02:21 PM
Didn't see any of it, but amazing result !! But to be honest I expected at least a 3-setter. Marti seems to be quite comfortable :D

Stevens Point
02-22-2006, 02:47 PM
won against Myskina! :yeah:

It is still her 2nd month after such a long time without playing competetive tennis!!

avocadoe
02-22-2006, 03:05 PM
good win Martina...might make it to the semis now, but ld would be a tall order...too much power, i fear...but you never know :)

bokehlicious
02-22-2006, 03:07 PM
Well done Martina !!

SUKTUEN
02-22-2006, 03:30 PM
Congrat Hingis won Myskina!

Fergie
02-22-2006, 08:23 PM
And will be Marti vs Sharapova in quarters ... Good luck Marti! :D

Stevens Point
02-22-2006, 08:35 PM
I hope she can repeat her greatness she showed against Maria in Tokyo. I hope she can win through this time as well!! Good luck Martina!!

SUKTUEN
02-23-2006, 03:09 AM
My Dear Tennis Priceness Please Win Sharapova~!!!

avocadoe
02-23-2006, 02:35 PM
rain rain go away :(

TennisGrandSlam
02-23-2006, 02:54 PM
My Dear Tennis Priceness Please Win Sharapova~!!!

She will do this :)

SUKTUEN
02-23-2006, 03:40 PM
GO GO GO ~!!!!!!!!!!

Fergie
02-23-2006, 05:18 PM
I hate the rain :ras:

Go Marti!!! :bounce:

SUKTUEN
02-24-2006, 05:03 AM
that we need to wait~~~

landoud
02-24-2006, 12:01 PM
she played great today... but sharapova was better...
great win sharapova

sharpeirob
02-24-2006, 12:20 PM
very high quality match

nobama
02-24-2006, 12:32 PM
She needs to improve her serve. She gets broken too much.

Fergie
02-24-2006, 04:15 PM
Marti :sad:

SUKTUEN
02-25-2006, 04:52 PM
Oh ,my Dear

Daniel
02-25-2006, 06:04 PM
Doha Main Draw

Mauresmo (1) -bye
q vs. Bartoli
Q vs. Vento-Kabchi
Vinci vs. Likhotseva 7

Schiavone 4 -bye
Hingis vs. Washington
Kirilenko vs. q
Zheng vs. Kuznetsova 6

Jankovic 8 vs. Schruff
A.bondarenko vs. Douchevina
sugiyama vs. Sfar
Myskina 3 -bye

Hantuchova 5- Peschke
Zvonareva - Li
Medina vs. q
Petrova 2 -bye



I think the draw is much easier and better than Dubai, Francesca is beatable and i am sure Sveta wont bother Martina but firrst good luck in the 1r vs Washigton :kiss:

Go Martina :worship:

Fergie
02-26-2006, 12:23 AM
Not a bad draw ... Good luck Marti! :yeah:

SUKTUEN
02-26-2006, 03:59 PM
Good Luck Good Luck, hope she can win her championship here!

tonia9
02-26-2006, 07:53 PM
Good luck Marti!!

mallorn
02-27-2006, 09:09 PM
She needs to improve her serve. She gets broken too much.
I agree. If a power player has a good day, Marti is too vulnerable out there. :(

mallorn
02-27-2006, 09:11 PM
On a happier note, Marti destroyed Mashona Washington 6-1 6-2 in 46 minutes. :D

http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/2927/41382288hingis2030ak.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Next up Schiavone. Go Martina! :yeah:

Fergie
02-27-2006, 11:46 PM
Well done Marti! :yeah:

TenHound
02-28-2006, 02:14 AM
I'm really looking forward to her American debut. She said that she worked out so hard during her stopover @home on the way that she tired herself out. She's still learning to pace herself, so I'm still hoping she can maintain a favorable record v. Shrieker on hard courts, rather than her previous results being a fluke due to Shrieker being injured, not knowing how to play her, etc.

SUKTUEN
02-28-2006, 03:59 PM
IS SHE looks tired ?

tonia9
02-28-2006, 07:30 PM
IS SHE looks tired ?

Mallorn posted pic from training and you can't see what she's exactly doing ;)

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e214/Martina24/Martina/th_Q060227PS02.jpg (http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e214/Martina24/Martina/Q060227PS02.jpg)

This one is one from match http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e214/Martina24/Martina/th_Q060227MWMW05.jpg (http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e214/Martina24/Martina/Q060227MWMW05.jpg)

Thanks for update Mallorn :)


Good luck Marti!

SUKTUEN
03-01-2006, 02:52 PM
thanks~~

tonia9
03-01-2006, 06:24 PM
Martina d. F. Schiavone 6-1 6-2 :woohoo:

Next up Svetlana Kuznetsova

Good luck Marti!!

nobama
03-01-2006, 06:42 PM
Wow, great win Marti! Though I feel she's gonna get her arse kicked by Kuznetsova. I hope I'm wrong.

bokehlicious
03-01-2006, 07:22 PM
Well done swiss miss, good luck against Kuznetsova ! It should be tough though...

mallorn
03-01-2006, 07:39 PM
:woohoo:

Keep it up, Marti! :D

Fergie
03-02-2006, 12:02 AM
Another great match Marti! :woohoo:

Good luck tomorrow!!! :bounce:

SUKTUEN
03-02-2006, 04:17 PM
GO~!!!!!!!!!!!SWISS~!

bokehlicious
03-02-2006, 07:07 PM
Hingis d. Kuznetsova 7-6 6-2 :woohoo:

Now Mauresmo in the semi :scared:

mallorn
03-02-2006, 07:24 PM
Hingis d. Kuznetsova 7-6 6-2 :woohoo:

Now Mauresmo in the semi :scared:
My thoughts exactly. :lol:

tangerine_dream
03-02-2006, 07:50 PM
I have always believed that Roger is really a male version of Martina. :)

bokehlicious
03-02-2006, 07:54 PM
I have always believed that Roger is really a male version of Martina. :)

Roger is a far better male version of Martina, his arse is not kicked by the big guns :o

nobama
03-02-2006, 08:12 PM
I have always believed that Roger is really a male version of Martina. :):tape:

nobama
03-02-2006, 08:13 PM
Wow I thought Marti would get her arse kicked today but she did some arse kicking of her own. :woohoo: Anyone see the match? How well did she play?

bokehlicious
03-02-2006, 08:21 PM
Anyone see the match? How well did she play?

I saw the second set. A lot of UE from Kuznetsova, and she seemed tired and nervous too. Martina served not that bad despite a lot of DF and managed to keep her serve games most of the time. Martina had no problem to return Svetlana's serve and did well against her shots power.

Martina seems in good shape actually but the semi will certainly be too tough for her, but reaching the semis is quite good anyway.

Doris Loeffel
03-02-2006, 10:21 PM
I agree Svetlana made a lot of errors which helped Martina - still she made the important points and that is what counts in the end...

well done Martina!!

tonia9
03-02-2006, 10:35 PM
I was very afraid of this match. Now Amelie :scared:
I'm already happy she reached semis.

Good luck Marti!!

Fergie
03-02-2006, 11:54 PM
Well done Marti! :woohoo:

Good luck in semis :scared: :yeah:

robrulz5
03-03-2006, 05:41 AM
She has a good chance against Mauresmo. Go Martina!!!

robrulz5
03-03-2006, 05:43 AM
I have always believed that Roger is really a male version of Martina. :)

I agree with you there. Both of them aren't the strongest players but the skill they have is awesome! :D

avocadoe
03-03-2006, 01:12 PM
Good Marti, and good luck today, you can do it sweetie, I'll give you a few of my Roger's boosts to help, and I'll be root-a-tooting :) besides Hingis and Federer being my favorites, they are alike in that they both learned how to really play tennis, many shots to choose from, an artistry and intelligence on the court. Both easy on the eyes too :)
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

tonia9
03-03-2006, 06:49 PM
Marti lost against Amelie 2-6 2-6

:sad:

Can anyone tell me what was going on there? How she played?

Marti :hug:

mallorn
03-03-2006, 06:55 PM
I only watched a couple of games at the beginning of the second set. Martina just couldn't hold her serve and was losing comprehensively. I couldn't bear to watch it and turned the TV off. :sad:

Better luck next time, Marti! :hug:

tonia9
03-03-2006, 07:12 PM
I only watched a couple of games at the beginning of the second set. Martina just couldn't hold her serve and was losing comprehensively. I couldn't bear to watch it and turned the TV off. :sad:



Thanks Mallorn.

SUKTUEN
03-04-2006, 09:37 AM
That's OK, she done her best,

tangerine_dream
03-04-2006, 09:15 PM
Roger is a far better male version of Martina, his arse is not kicked by the big guns :o
Well, Martina beat Sharapova a while back so she's not quite as "outgunned" by the power players as she used to be.

And I was thinking more along the lines of how both Roger and Martina tend to outthink their opponents (especially when the match gets tight) and they never hit the same ball back at their opponent twice, moving their opponent around like a chess piece.

Daniel
03-04-2006, 09:21 PM
Well, Martina beat Sharapova a while back so she's not quite as "outgunned" by the power players as she used to be.

And I was thinking more along the lines of how both Roger and Martina tend to outthink their opponents (especially when the match gets tight) and they never hit the same ball back at their opponent twice, moving their opponent around like a chess piece.


But that wasnt enough to beat Momo yesterday. and Roger forgot his brain vs Nadal today :(

SUKTUEN
03-05-2006, 10:33 AM
GOD, Roger lost too~~

mallorn
03-09-2006, 04:56 PM
Many interesting articles about Martina following her Wednesday press conference in Indian Wells.

TSN: Hingis finds joy back on tennis court ( http://www.tsn.ca/tennis/news_story.asp?id=157785)

The Desert Sun: Hingis' star power still shines bright ( http://www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060309/EVENTS10/603090326/1120/events10)

Inside Bay Area: Hingis just happy to be back in big way ( http://www.insidebayarea.com/columnists/artspander/ci_3584237) (I didn't know she was that nervous in her first match back :eek: )

LA Times: Hingis Is Showing She's Still Got It ( http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-tennis9mar09,1,516252.story?coll=la-headlines-sports&ctrack=1&cset=true)

Good luck in Indian Wells, Marti!!!

RogiFan88
03-09-2006, 04:57 PM
Martina, can you pls talk to Rogi?

nobama
03-09-2006, 06:34 PM
Martina, can you pls talk to Rogi?About what?

tonia9
03-09-2006, 07:57 PM
mallorn thanks a lot


świetne artykuły. bardzo, bardzo dziękuję. :kiss:
niestety zobaczyłam "You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to mallorn again."

mallorn
03-09-2006, 09:52 PM
De nada. ;)

ETA: I stumbled upon a short video of Marti's conference, you can see it here (http://www.tennis.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&type=gen&mod=Core+Pages&gid=FC453F0EC54248B4AEA2B9B6A3C1462B).


Cieszę się, że ci się podobały. Martina zawsze jest wdzięcznym tematem. :D

Nic nie szkodzi, mnie wyskakuje ten sam komunikat o tobie. ;) :hug:

tonia9
03-10-2006, 09:52 AM
Hingis vs. Pin

Not before 19.00 hrs




Good luck, Marti!!

Fergie
03-10-2006, 10:47 PM
Good luck Marti!!! :bounce:

SUKTUEN
03-11-2006, 10:06 AM
Hope she can win the Cup this time!!!

Good Luck~!

tonia9
03-11-2006, 11:33 PM
Marti defeated Camille Pin 61 63

Now she'll play against Sybille Bammer

Good luck, Martina !

There's No Chilling Effect on Hingis' Savvy Drill

By Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
March 11, 2006

Perhaps it was a tribute to the pull of former champion Martina Hingis that the stadium court at Indian Wells didn't look like a ghost town with tumble weeds rolling through when she finally got out there and easily won her second-round match at the Pacific Life Open.

Tennis weather it was not. There can be chilly scenes of winter, cutting wind and rain, around Indian Wells. But it is usually verboten once this tennis tournament starts and you almost wonder whether some deal was cut with a higher authority.

Not so on Friday.

Hingis eased the pain of the shivering spectators with efficiency, and her usual creativity, needing only 58 minutes to beat qualifier Camille Pin of France, 6-1, 6-3. She will play Sybille Bammer of Austria in the third round.

This was the first match Hingis has played in the United States since she decided to return to the tour for a full schedule this year. Since starting in Australia in January after leaving the sport in late 2002 because of injuries to her feet, she has reached one final and two semifinals. And at her first Slam of 2006, the Australian Open, Hingis lost to Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals in three sets.

Naturally, curiosity has remained at a high level about Hingis, who received a wild card here. Which is why spectators put on parkas and huddled under blankets to watch her play a relatively non-threatening opponent in about 50-degree weather on what had been a rain-plagued day.

It looked more like a college football crowd in September than a gathering at a tennis tournament.

"The first three games it was a little chilly out, but after that it got a little better, warmer," Hingis said.

There was a definite sense of familiarity. So much about Hingis, 25, seemed unchanged — she broke Pin's serve in the second game of the match with a drop-shot winner, and she displayed her usual savvy court sense, straight out of the late 1990s.



And Friday? Hingis hit three aces, double-faulted three times and had 28 winners. Her fastest serve hit 108 mph. Afterward, Hingis was asked by the on-court announcer about her motivation in returning, and she didn't waste any time in answering, "To play in front of a crowd like tonight," Hingis said.

Then there's the side benefit of not being the hunted one.

"Maybe I have this little underdog thing right now," Hingis said. "You've seen that with other athletes. It's nice to feel the same way. I have nothing to lose. I mean, at least I can take advantage of the crowds on my side."

Considering her opponent, Pin, was ranked No. 118 and has never won a title, it wasn't the most difficult of challenges. Better and more accurate tests will come later here, maybe in the fourth round against second-seeded Davenport, who won her second-round match earlier in the day before the rains came, beating Ashley Harkleroad, 6-0, 6-0.

tonia9
03-11-2006, 11:36 PM
Hingis moves on with ease


Leighton Ginn
The Desert Sun
March 11, 2006


INDIAN WELLS - Martina Hingis may have found it hard to work up a sweat, and not just because of the cold temperatures at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Friday night.
Hingis had little problems in disposing of Camille Pin 6-1, 6-3 in the second round of the women's draw. It is Hingis' first match on U.S. soil since announcing her comeback.

"The first three games, it was a little chilly," Hingis said. "After that, it got a little better, warmer. Once you get into the match, you just play."

What Hingis really enjoyed was how fans have embraced her after her three-and-a-half year retirement.

Since arriving in Indian Wells Sunday, Hingis said she's been feeling the good vibes.

"It was a nice crowd today," Hingis said. "I got here already on Sunday and been practicing for a few days. Wherever I go, people are very welcome, very friendly, 'It's great to have you come back.' Before the match, you feel very comfortable coming back.

"You hear the applause and people wanting to see you, it's great."

In a game full of power players who like to pound groundstrokes from the baseline, Hingis provides an antidote. Although she lacks the power of many players, Hingis wins with precision placement.

"Maybe the variety really helps me get through those matches, but she didn't give any free points," Hingis said. "You really had to work your points out. Maybe I was a little surprised, but she wasn't going to overpower me. I saw some of her matches and I knew what to expect. In the windy conditions, you have to be careful not to overdo it. You have to work your points out better, and she did that."


Hingis will next play Sybille Bammer, who upset 15th-seeded Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-4.
Hingis likes the way fans have embraced her, particularly because she's been on the other side.

In 1997 and '98, Hingis was playing on Monica Seles, who was beloved by fans at the French Open.

Another time was in 1999, when Hingis lost to Steffi Graf in the finals of the French Open, where Hingis was booed. It was Graf's final Grand Slam title before retiring later that year.

"It's nice to be on the other side for once," Hingis said. "Especially maybe the one match against Steffi that was even more, because people felt like, 'OK, that's probably her last chance to win a Grand Slam, or you could really see the edge coming up. ... Maybe I have this little underdog thing right now … I have nothing to lose. At least I can take advantage of the crowds on my side."

SUKTUEN
03-12-2006, 04:36 PM
Who will she play next?

tonia9
03-12-2006, 04:45 PM
Who will she play next?

Sybille Bammer.

Daniel
03-13-2006, 02:27 AM
The Times March 13, 2006


Hingis has the top spot firmly in her sights
Neil Harman witnesses the reincarnation of the former world No 1 as she tries to scale the heights for the second time


IF WIMBLEDON was to start today, Martina Hingis would be the 32nd and last seed in the women’s draw. Should present trends be sustained until the end of June, she will be inside the top 20, further cementing a comeback that has assumed jaw-dropping magnificence.
Every step of the way since she reappeared on Australia’s Gold Coast on January 2 — with an obligatory ranking of No 999 — has been an advance for the 25-year-old who, at 16 and 17, held the sport in her winsome thrall. After her third-round victory at the Pacific Life Open here last night, Hingis’s record in 2006 is 18 wins and six losses, five of those to top-ten opposition. It is no wonder that no player of either sex is considered either more fascinating or quoteworthy.



Mind you, the former world No 1 and five times grand-slam champion always was that. The difference, after three years in absentia, is what she can do and what she has to say is even more intriguing. There is an overpowering sense of wonderment that a player who stepped aside because her feet and the opposition had started to hurt her, can have made so much progress already. But it is easy to understand. Hingis is still the most complete player in the women’s game and is simply anxious to prove it a second time.

“When you are really young, you take a lot of things for granted,” Hingis said. “You think your body is going to last forever, but it doesn’t. For five years, I was playing at the highest level, against Davenport, Seles, Graf, Capriati, the [Williams] sisters, week in, week out. It wasn’t so much a case of who was the best, but who wanted it more that determined who won. That was gruelling. Now the sisters are cutting back and Lindsay [Davenport] is doing the same.” [Graf and Seles have retired and Capriati has all but joined them].

“I was always a minimalist and that is why my mother [Melanie Molitor, who coached her to such notoriety] wanted everything to be so disciplined and was the driving force behind me, absolutely. She has always been very supportive and definitely believed I could get it back. If all the girls were able to play like the Williamses, I would not have asked myself if I could play again, but they aren’t. The girls’ game has not taken such a big jump forward.”

When or whether the Williams sisters will have their shot at Hingis is down to them discovering if tennis offers the ambition it once did. Venus and Serena are in the field for the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, which starts on Wednesday week, but no one can confirm with conviction that they will show. Serena has slid to No 58 in the world rankings and it is an awful long way up from there. That matters not a jot to the Czech-born Swiss.

The Hingis game is still full of its arts and crafts, a thinking woman’s approach, bolstered by the instinct that so many players are too one dimensional to pose a threat. “Most girls don’t have time [to play their shots] on the court,” she said. “And there are a lot of technical deficiencies. A lot of them are big and strong, but they don’t know how to move.

“If you hit two different shots in succession, they lose their timing and rhythm. They don’t know how to deal with slice. And on the courts today, which are mostly slow, they can’t shoot me away.

“When I was a little girl, I would constantly be playing against amateurs, veterans or much older girls and I had to find ways to win. I played the angles, I had to stick to my strategy. I would spot the weakness in an amateur player and I would pound away at it. My Mum would stand behind me, telling me, ‘OK, you have to do this, this and this.’ I had to find a way to play every shot the proper way.

“When I was 11 and went to play in an under-14 event in France, I saw a girl hit a drive volley. We went home and I spent the next week hitting drive volleys.”

But even having all that variety did not prevent physical and mental burnout for Hingis. She walked away three years ago. “I was 22 and wondered what I was going to do for the rest of my life,” she said.

“For a couple of months, though I wasn’t partying all the time I was going out, having a glass or two of wine, knowing my Mum wasn’t going to be cracking the whip the next morning. I skied in St Moritz, I show-jumped, but then the challenges disappeared. I knew I was never going to be the best at anything else — not the best commentator, not the best rider. I think I can still be one of the best tennis players; that is what has brought me back. And I have studied this sport for 20 years, so I think I know what I’m talking about.”

Daniel
03-13-2006, 02:35 AM
Martina beat Bammer 6-0 6-3 and will play DAvenport in the 4R.

Hard match but Martina will give all her effort and outsmart a slow Lindsay Davenport.

Make her run from corner to corner, Go Martina!!!! :worship:

Daniel
03-13-2006, 02:53 AM
MArtina's Half in IW

(7) Anna-Lena Groenefeld - bye
Julia Schruff vs. Tian-Tian Sun
(WC) Alexa Glatch vs. Martina Sucha
(26) Anna Smashnova - bye
(20) Marion Bartoli - bye
Ekaterina Bychkova vs. Henrieta Nagyova
Maret Ani vs. Antonella Serra Zanetti
(9) Nathalie Dechy - bye

(13) Anabel Medina Garrigues - bye
(Q) qualifier vs. Eleni Daniilidou
Kristina Brandi vs. Emmanuelle Gagliardi
(21) Shahar Peer - bye
(30) Emilie Loit - bye
Lisa Raymond vs. (Q) qualifier
(WC) Anna Tatishvili vs. Jamea Jackson
(3) Maria Sharapova - bye

(5) Anastasia Myskina - bye
Maria Sanchez Lorenzo vs. Mashona Washington
Meghann Shaughnessy vs. Kaia Kanepi
(27) Marta Domachowska - bye
(23) Catalina Castaño - bye
(Q) qualifier vs. Akiko Morigami
Samantha Stosur vs. (Q) qualifier
(10) Dinara Safina - bye

(15) Jelena Jankovic - bye
Sybille Bammer vs. Jie Zheng
Saori Obata vs. (Q) qualifier
(19) Martina Hingis - bye
(31) Laura Granville - bye
Tathiana Garbin vs. Alona Bondarenko
(WC) Ashley Harkleroad vs. Zi Yan
(2) Lindsay Davenport - bye

If she loses against DAvenport, she will be ranked around 28 - 30. not much improvement considering the draw was not nice for her.

Billabong
03-13-2006, 04:37 AM
Martina will play against Davenport (she defeated Bammer today easily), let's all wish her the best:yeah:! GO Martina:D!

Cute Babi
03-13-2006, 05:15 AM
Good Luck MARTINA ...

Daniel
03-13-2006, 05:24 AM
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INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 12: Martina Hingis of Switzerland returns a forehand to Sybille Bammer of Austria during the Pacific Life Open, part of the Sony Ericsson Tour Series, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 12, 2006 in Indian Wells, California. Hingis won the match 6-0, 6-3. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images


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INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 12: Martina Hingis of Switzerland returns a forehand to Sybille Bammer of Austria during the Pacific Life Open, part of the Sony Ericsson Tour Series, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 12, 2006 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)


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Martina Hingis of Switzerland follows through on a shot to Sybille Bammer of Austria at the Pacific Life Tennis Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Sunday, March 12, 2006.


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Martina Hingis of Switzerland returns to Sybille Bammer of Austria at the Pacific Life Tennis Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Sunday, March 12, 2006.

tonia9
03-13-2006, 08:32 AM
Thank you, Daniel :kiss:

Stevens Point
03-13-2006, 01:13 PM
Thanks for the pictures!

Now Davenport!

~Jin~
03-14-2006, 03:32 AM
Nice pics there!

RogiFan88
03-14-2006, 04:19 AM
This is my first visit to this thread. I hope Martina has talked to Rogi -- she thinks he can win RG -- she s tell him that and give him tips... ;)

Cute Babi
03-14-2006, 04:36 AM
This is my first visit to this thread. I hope Martina has talked to Rogi -- she thinks he can win RG -- she s tell him that and give him tips... ;)

Nice Idea ... hehehehehe

SUKTUEN
03-14-2006, 04:05 PM
Sybille Bammer.
and then Roger ? who play with him next match?

tonia9
03-14-2006, 04:09 PM
and then Roger ? who play with him next match?


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Hingis vs. Davenport
Federer vs. O.Rochus



Good luck Marti!!

SUKTUEN
03-14-2006, 04:14 PM
Roger will play about 7:00 aM in HK

mallorn
03-14-2006, 04:21 PM
Thanks for the pictures and articles! :hug:

Good luck, Marti!!!
http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/musik/k015.gif

Fergie
03-14-2006, 05:06 PM
Good luck Marti, you can do it!!! :bounce:

bokehlicious
03-14-2006, 11:34 PM
Marti defeats Lindsay 6/3 1/6 6/2 :woohoo: Well done miss !!

tonia9
03-14-2006, 11:37 PM
Great, Marti!! :cool:

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

lunahielo
03-14-2006, 11:45 PM
Yea, Martina~~~I watched it.
She played well.. :)

bokehlicious
03-15-2006, 12:10 AM
I watched it too... Too much UEs from Lindsay !! But congrats Martina she did what she had to do to go through...

Next round Safina !!

Saturn66
03-15-2006, 01:21 AM
Hingis is awesome!

Fergie
03-15-2006, 02:32 AM
Martina, you're so good!!! :bounce:

mallorn
03-15-2006, 07:40 AM
:woohoo: Great result for Marti!!! :worship:

nobama
03-15-2006, 12:36 PM
This was a good result from Hingis, but Davenport sucked. Gawd I think she had as many UE's as Roger yesterday. :tape: Hingis needs to take care of her serve better. Did she have any service games that didn't get to deuce? And in the second set she didn't win a game on her own serve. That won't work against Sharapova.

avocadoe
03-15-2006, 01:00 PM
woohoo Martina...poor ld is worried about her bulging disc, recently diagnosed, but Marti played her like a champ in set one, and closed nicely in the third :) :) :) go get Safina's scalp!!!!!!!

tonia9
03-15-2006, 02:28 PM
March 14, 2006


M.HINGIS/L.Davenport

6-3, 1-6, 6-2

An interview with:

MARTINA HINGIS

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Martina.

Q. First game of the third set, you came back from 15-30 to take that game. The second game you hit a couple of backhand winners down the line. Third game, brilliant overhead.
MARTINA HINGIS: That's the third set or first?

Q. Third set.
MARTINA HINGIS: Good memory (laughter).

Q. Tagged the line a couple of times, returned two overheads. You're up 4-1. Do you feel like all the big points are yours?
MARTINA HINGIS: Well, in the third set, I think that was a pretty big point because breaking her to go up 3-1 definitely gave me a little more confidence, and also trying to run away in the third set. It always helps.
Yeah, then just holding my serve. That took a little bit pressure away from me. I had to kind of scoop off air that I could breathe, and then it's just continue to have the fluency.

Q. You look poised to win this tournament. If you win this tournament, will it bring an end to the comeback trail to win this tournament?
MARTINA HINGIS: I'm not even close to win it yet. When I saw the draw, I was looking, yeah, maybe potentially third round or like fourth round to play Lindsay. I'm over this bump now. Just looking forward to the next match because as soon as you start looking too far ahead, you might lose focus.
I think Safina is a very tough opponent. Just definitely have to look at her seriously.

Q. What does it mean psychologically to beat Lindsay? She's one of the markers for you, right?
MARTINA HINGIS: Definitely. Match-wise, you know, to beat Lindsay here in Indian Wells where it probably matters a little bit more than anything else, she lives close by, probably Grand Slams, that's the tournaments you aim for when you're No. 2 or 3 in the world.
This one I know she takes very seriously. To beat her here, it's great, yeah.

Q. How much does it say to you about where you are? Does it help you know where you are?
MARTINA HINGIS: For sure. Beating Lindsay today here under these circumstances on this occasion, it's definitely not easy mentally for me to play her. It's the first time since I've been back to play her. But now I know that I have the potential to meld with the best, and that's very helpful, yeah, confidence.

Q. In your mind, what was the difference in the match today?
MARTINA HINGIS: Well, in a way I was probably a little more fresh. Maybe she has the advantage over me that she's still been around for the last three years. Probably I was a little more determined, even more hungry. I ran down a lot of balls, which probably other girls try to overhit her or risk too early. Even I had a letdown a little bit in the second set, I just tried to focus in the third early on, just to put her under pressure, and it worked.

Q. She said that she has a bulging disc in her back which has been bothering her. Were you aware of that? Did you feel that out in the match at all?
MARTINA HINGIS: Well, I mean, she's been around on the tour for so long, she has experienced a lot of different injuries. When you feel a little bit here and there, I don't know exactly what she had. I mean, you couldn't see any tapes or anything. But sometimes you could see in her walk.
I think I also made her, you know, even think about it probably more. You still have to play. Even if someone's injured, you still just have to take advantage of it. Everybody has a little something. It's not like you go on court sometimes with not having anything.
I was pretty close to a hundred percent. That's the goal of what you try to do when you are in an all-year-round sport like tennis.

Q. You didn't spend that much time inside the baseline. Was that by design? She wouldn't let you in? You wanted to stay back?
MARTINA HINGIS: It's hard. She was hitting the balls like this close to the lines. It's very hard to mentally stay focused all this time because you're under so much pressure. I mean, like no one else probably. She served very well. Her first and second shot are, you know, the best out there.
She pushes you away from the line. I mean, with her, you just have to -- I mean, everyone says you have to try to make her run, but it's very difficult. Once you get over a rally which is three, four points, then you have definitely a better chance. But usually you don't even get there.

Q. During this incredible comeback run you're going through now, has it ever crossed your mind, "Why did I leave in the first place?"
MARTINA HINGIS: Well, I knew the reason why I left the game. Like I said already in some of the interviews previously, I had to face players like Serena, Lindsay, the sisters all the time, then probably I wouldn't give myself this question. But looking at the game from the outside and commentating, looking at the players, how they did, maybe four or five years ago everyone was really determined and hungry. It was like 20 players out there who could win the tournament.
Now really somehow it feels like it narrowed down to five, maybe 10 sometimes. It's always a different Russian who is really hungry and determined.
I mean, sometimes it felt like they all had their run. Now they're trying to bounce back. But it's not as intense as it used to be.

Q. Freshness is a key element?
MARTINA HINGIS: Sure. My body feels like it's going fine now again.

Q. Lindsay pounces on second serves maybe as well as anyone in tennis. Your second serve wasn't probably as bad as it looked today because no one is going to take advantage of it like Lindsay.
MARTINA HINGIS: You're right. Because you're under so much pressure, I mean, against other players you get away with it. Not against Lindsay.

Q. You played her so many times.
MARTINA HINGIS: What is it, 25?

Q. 25 today. You had a good rivalry. You had a period when you were beating her. Towards the end, she was beating you pretty regularly. You go out on court today. Was the tennis a lot different or did it feel like 2001, 2002 all over again?
MARTINA HINGIS: It's hard. Once you're on court and you play the first few games of the first set, it definitely felt like being back in there, those big battles we used to have. Unfortunately, we had to face each other in the fourth round already. But I think it was definitely worth a semis or a final match today.
Hopefully I get there to have a better ranking soon and I don't have to play her that early.

Q. More within the match-up, when you went on court today, did you remember your other matches with her, when you play her now in 2006, did you say to yourself that you were going to have to do a few things differently than when you left?
MARTINA HINGIS: Yes and no. I mean, watching her over the last three years, you know she has some things which she improved on and some which got worse. You know, trying to take advantage of those weakness and strengths she has. Probably one time it crossed my mind, the finals we had here once. I was up like 4-1, 4-2, 40-15. I ended up losing the match. I'm like praying once I was up 5-1, I was like hopefully now I can finish it (smiling).
I know that I was up a set and, like I said, 4-2, 40-15. I didn't make it. I ended up losing that match. That was one of the finals which I -- somehow sometimes you want to turn back time. Yeah, that crossed my mind around 4-1. Once I made 5-1, I was happy.

Q. Speaking about matches you've had, you've had some wild ones, the French Open. Coming back and looking at that as the next Slam, is that something you're looking forward to or is there a sense of unfinished business there?
MARTINA HINGIS: I think every tournament I'm playing at I take it seriously. Like I said, I mean, like you've been saying, I've missed three years. I don't want to miss any more time out there.

Q. Is this the most satisfying victory of your comeback, considering your history with Lindsay?
MARTINA HINGIS: No, I would say every match which I was winning, even like the first match being back, the first one at the Australian Open, then making the quarters, maybe the run I had in Tokyo was pretty good. But today, one of them, yeah, definitely. Definitely peaks.

Q. Lindsay says your balls are clearing the net by more.
MARTINA HINGIS: I'm trying to have more spin. It's a harder ball to take. I mean, sometimes it's slower, but it's more like probably the men would play, like heavier topspin. Don't get it there all the time, like behind the service line. Still a very tough one to control and do something out of it.

Q. You're going to hit your forehand like Rafael Nadal soon?
MARTINA HINGIS: I don't think so. I don't have such shoulders. Sometimes now already I'm like, "Oh, my God."

Q. What is your status in the locker room now? Do younger players look up to you? Are they afraid of you?
MARTINA HINGIS: No, I have very friendly relationships. Sometimes I would hit with some of them, like Maria Kirilenko, even Maria - the other Maria. I've been playing well. I mean, no one was ever like afraid. I mean, sometimes maybe on court they have respect. I think always you have to leave it on court and not outside. I mean, it's still a life.
You have to live beside the tennis courts. I'm not the kind of person who is just going to streamline. I've never been like that.
It's kind of nice that we have this separate locker room for champions, so you have your privacy and quiet time. Thank God I won here once.

Q. A lot of people dismissed Team Tennis, they say it's exhibition tennis. Would you be here now without it?
MARTINA HINGIS: Maybe not. Without it, I probably wouldn't be out here. I don't know. It's a hard question to answer, but it definitely gave me confidence to be playing those matches. It was still not totally exhibition, but it was not professional tennis, but somewhere in between. You still have to go out there and don't want to blame yourself, you try to get prepared and play with a team. I've always been very much a team player. I usually enjoy playing doubles more than anything else, Hopman Cup, all these things.
Yeah, I don't know. Without the Team Tennis to give myself some confidence that I still had some game, yeah, probably.

Q. Did McEnroe help you?
MARTINA HINGIS: I played only two matches with Mack. I think the one week I was with the team, we already had a nice lead to make the semis. He just kind of joined us. I played a couple mixed doubles. That was about it, yeah.

Q. What do you admire most about Roger Federer on and off the court?
MARTINA HINGIS: His probably discipline and devotion to the game, professionalism he has. It's like amazing that at such a young age as he is to be so dedicated, yeah, professional about his sport.

Q. How do you feel about the fact that there's not bonus points any more? Do you feel badly, because you probably would have gone up a lot faster?
MARTINA HINGIS: Oh, that doesn't matter to me. Doesn't matter. Sometimes it's easier if you play a top player sooner than later because once they're in the game, it's probably sometimes harder to beat them.
Slowly but surely I'm getting there. Hopefully I don't have to play someone like Justine or Mauresmo or Lindsay first, second round. I think I've almost reached that right now.

Q. Was it a special feeling to walk out there today and resume a rivalry with Lindsay?
MARTINA HINGIS: It definitely was. Playing her, you know, like we've been saying, she's the one who you kind of aim for, you've been playing all those years. She's still there. Yeah, you definitely find out where you're at, what your potential still is.
Yeah, it was always special to play Lindsay.



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tonia9
03-15-2006, 02:31 PM
And some photos

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Stevens Point
03-15-2006, 02:54 PM
Hmmm, Eurosport live coverage at 8 PM Swiss time... But, I have already arranged a meeting with one of my friends tonight.... Should I say, I can't come due to sickness? :p (just kidding)

Thanks Martina (here I mean tonia!)!! :D

tonia9
03-15-2006, 03:03 PM
Hmmm, Eurosport live coverage at 8 PM Swiss time... But, I have already arranged a meeting with one of my friends tonight.... Should I say, I can't come due to sickness? :p (just kidding)

Thanks Martina (here I mean tonia!)!! :D

You welcome

Have a nice evening SP :)

SUKTUEN
03-15-2006, 03:46 PM
Hope two Champion in this title are Swiss~!!!!!!!!