Martina Hingis has had a wonderful time as a tennis ace. However she recently lost out in the US Open doubles final.
Martina Hingis was a gawky teenager when she won the Grand Slam title for the first time. About two decades later in time, she has fought another match at the US Open Doubles.
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And while she did call it an incredible journey that she had undertaken, she lost the US Open doubles final to Russian women's team Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina by 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Martina Hingis’s partner was none other than Flavia Pennetta. Hingis admitted that she and her partner got their chances but got bogged down somewhere in the details that ensued.
"We definitely had our chances, but when we look back starting the tournament, if you asked me to sign a paper that I'm in the finals, I would probably accept it with my eyes closed," Hingis said.
"We showed that we can beat the best doubles teams out there, but I felt like the juice ran out a little bit at the end."
Hingis and Pennetta did show the world that they had some of that original juice left in them. But things just did not work out in the end.
For awhile it almost seemed like the old magic was back and the two would steal the show. Of course that was then and this is now. Way back in 1998, Hingis won four titles. But one does not remain young forever.
33-year-old Hingis had to retire twice in a row in her long career. The reasons were foot and ankle injuries as well as a positive test for cocaine. Hingis said matter-of-factly that she had nothing to prove to anybody.
"Today I don't have to prove nothing to nobody," Hingis said.
She was her own best friend and wasn’t hungry for praise. Pennetta too expressed satisfaction at the fact that it felt pretty good to still be a player. As for Hingis, she is happy as happy can be.
"To be here after four tournaments together is pretty good," said 32-year-old Pennetta.
She lauded the entertainment and competitive value of the platform and said that it was good to be back in the game. After all those years of smiles and tears, she still had the good old chutzpah in her to fight back and actually compete with players half her age.
"I mean, it's amazing," Hingis said. "Last year, I lost here in the first round ... a year later, I'm a year older ... and I make the finals. So, of course I'm really happy.
"It's still a great tournament. This is not going to take anything away from that. Hopefully, we will have more opportunities in the near future. We'll go to Asia and try to do our best there, and then next year there is again four Grand Slams."
Martina is indeed a fit and beautiful personality who knows her game like the back of her hand. Her record shows that, despite a few mistakes here and there, she never faltered and kept the candle burning. And it is that perseverance that has made all the difference in the long run.
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