Martina Hingis is growing ever close to a return to the top level of women’s tennis, but the 32-year-old former No. 1 player isn’t quite sure what will happen when she returns to the WTA tour.
Hingis just led the Washington Kastles to the championship of the World Team Tennis league, also taking home female MVP honors for the second straight season. But after being off the WTA tour for the last six years, Hingis said she isn’t sure where her path will take her.
“I can’t tell,” she said when asked about where she expects to go next. “I hope it goes well.”
Martina Hingis has announced plans to return to the WTA tour to play doubles with Daniela Hantuchova at a string of events leading up to the U.S. Open in early September. Hingis said she’s been working on her comeback for the last five years, but until now didn’t have the courage to jump back onto the top women’s circuit.
While there will undoubtedly be pressure on the former top women’s player in the world, Hingis has already proven herself. Earlier this month she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Rhode Island, with a career’s worth of accomplishments in a short time as a pro.
Hingis won her first major title, a Wimbledon win in doubles, when she was just 15 years old. A few months later she won her first Grand Slam singles title, and in all won five Grand Slam singles titles and 10 major doubles titles.
But Martina Hingis said accomplishing so much by such a young age was a double-edged sword.
“When you’re 16, 17, 18, you’re like, ‘This is cool,’ right? You want to experience the other side of the world and life, too.. . . So many things that you’re invited to, events you can go to. You meet some amazing people and see unbelievable places,” Hingis said. “Sometimes it’s hard to just stay focused on what you have to do.”
Though she’s been away from the WTA tour, Martina Hingis hasn’t been avoiding good competition. In a World Team Tennis set she faced 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard, who is ranked No. 55 in the world. Hingis won the set, 5-1.