Hingis Wins Comeback Match
Published July 31, 2013 12:03
The wildcard pairing of Hantuchova and Hingis never dropped serve - Hingis never even faced a break point on her serve - and they broke the Stanford finalists a total of five times to win in 51 minutes.
"It was awesome," Hingis said. "It took Daniela a lot of courage and inspiration to kind of dig me out of the grave, but I'm really happy to have a partner like her, it makes it so much easier. I was nervous going into the match, but she was really solid out there, and that gave me so much more confidence.
"After the first set it was pure pleasure."
"I've been saying this for quite some time now, the last few years at least, that tennis is missing Martina big time, and you guys saw why tonight," Hantuchova said. "It's an absolute pleasure to see her on the same side of the court, and I just try to copy a little bit whatever she does, really. She's the inspiration of my tennis career, and the fact that we are sitting here together again means the world to me."
"You don't have to copy, what you're doing is good!" Hingis replied. "I wish I had your deep shots."
Hingis looked sharp throughout the match, whether it was on serve, on the return, the volleys or dealing with her big-hitting opponents' pace. It was truly vintage form from the former World No.1.
"It's because I play World TeamTennis," she said. "It's pretty much the same format and it's so intense, and playing all three events during those three weeks keeps you on top of your game. That was very key I could play that, and playing next to Leander, that was such an inspiration for me as well.
"And I played Jurak before in TeamTennis. And returning Roddick's serve helped too."
Were there any nerves from Hingis? "Of course, who wouldn't be, I'm only human too!" she said.
And Hantuchova? "Of course," the Slovak said.