Hingis rules out return to singles

ESPN staff
August 1, 2013
Martina Hingis was delighted to be back on a court in competitive action © Getty Images

Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis has no intentions to return to the singles' circuit despite winning on her comeback in the doubles in California.

Hingis accepted a wildcard invitation to the Southern California Open in Carlsbad to team up with Daniela Hantuchova, and after retiring in 2007 Hingis was victorious with her partner after they defeated Julia Goerges and Darija Jurak 6-1 6-1 to move into the second round.

"It was awesome. To play with Daniela, it had to take her a lot of courage to dig me out of the grave," Hingis said after the match.

After getting a taste of competitive action once again, the five-time grand slam champion was quick to reveal she has no plans to start playing in the singles.

"It's a completely different world. Even World Team Tennis now, it's brutal, it's only one set but still the next day you wake up, and you have to put so much more effort into it," the Swiss said.

"Playing tournaments is the easy part - it's the grind behind it that's tough, the things behind the scenes that people don't see, the six to eight hours of training, and the older you get the more rehab you have to do. When you're 17 everything seems so easy, but now I'm almost twice the age.

"I wouldn't want to come out and play one or two matches and then lose third round, that's not my type of personality. So [I am not returning to singles], not at this point, no."

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