Hingis Opens Up About Comeback
Published September 11, 2013 12:01
Martina Hingis is now five tournaments into her return to WTA doubles action after six years away. The nine-time doubles Grand Slam winner's results have been up and down, as she has been faced with some extremely difficult draws, but she is enjoying being back on court.
Hingis admitted during her press conference after she and partner Daniela Hantuchova dropped a tight two-setter to co-doubles World No.1s Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the first round of the US Open that her body is still adjusting to the rigors of the tour.
"I've played eight weeks in a row," Hingis said. "I haven't stopped since Wimbledon and TeamTennis. I enjoy it and I feel like I'm playing well, but my body is screaming, 'What are you doing to me?'
"I've just played a lot and my body's not used to it. Maybe hardcourt is not the easiest surface to come back on. I didn't really have this type of problem on clay when I was playing more. It's also different playing matches than practicing and playing practice sets and all of that."
Nevertheless, Hingis said she is confident she can hold her own against today's stars.
"I didn't have any problem with the speed of the game or anything," Hingis said. "Errani is No. 5 in the world, and I was still rallying with her and did pretty well at the net.
"The only thing that hurt me in the past was the serve. Today it's even more a key factor, especially in doubles. Those no-ad points, if you have a good serve, that helps."
Hingis said she relished competing at a Grand Slam again in Flushing Meadows.
"I've always enjoyed the big stage," Hingis said. "I think to play in a stadium like this, it's really helpful. The people who came today enjoyed it. They really cheered us on. They really wanted us to do well and even win the set and see a third set. I think it was a really enjoyable match to watch. You don't see such a crowd in women's doubles normally. So, I couldn't ask for more.
"All the places we've been to play doubles so far, it has always been positive for the tournament."
Hingis said she and Hantuchova are next scheduled to play in Tokyo in two weeks and then Beijing the following week.
"I think we're set up for the rest of the season and we'll see how it goes," Hingis said. "We're taking it one step at a time right now."