Tennis: Hingis has a nose for another comeback

18th January 2010, Comments 0 comments

Belgian stars Henin and Clijsters have returned to the women's tennis and Swiss Hingis is hankering for some of the action.

BERLIN - Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis hinted on Sunday at a return to the women's professional circuit having served her two-year ban for drug abuse.

The 29-year-old admitted in November 2007 she had tested positive for cocaine and announced her retirement, but after her two-year ban expired in September 2009, the five-times Grand Slam winner admitted she misses the game.

"I can not imagine a life without tennis," she said after playing the United States former world number one Lindsay Davenport of the United States in an exhibition game near Berlin.

"It's still so much fun for me.

"I'd like to play more exhibition games and see what happens.

"Past that, I just don't know at the moment."

Hingis showed good fitness in the 6-4, 6-4 win over Davenport which came after two hours.

And the Swiss miss said she was not suprised at the planned comebacks of Belgium veterans Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters at the Australian Open which starts on Monday.

"I think, the womens game is somewhat monotonous at the moment," said Hingis.

"The young girls all play the same way, whereas Justine and Kim are successful because they vary their game."

But her opponent Davenport said there is no hope of a full-time return to tennis.

"If I play again it will only be to selected events and only then for fun," said the 33-year-old American.


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