Former World No.1 Martina Hingis sat down with former top 40 player Ksenia Pervak for an unprecedented interview on her achievements and the longevity of her WTA career at Wimbledon.
WTA Staff

Over the course of her illustrious career, Martina Hingis has done hundreds, nay, thousands, of media interviews. 

But during this fortnight at Wimbledon, the former World No.1 with over 20 Grand Slam titles to her name in tennis' three dicsiplines, sat down with a very special interviewer: former World No.37 and junior Australian Open champion Ksenia Pervak, who has dabbled in commentary and journalism during her time away from tennis with various injuries.

Pervak and Hingis walked through the Swiss' career, from her days as a teenage prodigy at the top of the singles game, to her first retirement and return to the singles in 2006 - to another break, a Hall of Fame induction and her current status as one half of the WTA's leading doubles teams alongside Chan Yung-jan.

"I missed the game. I felt like, at 25, it's either now or never. I'm not going to get younger, I'm not 17 anymore. Either I try now, or the train passes very fast," Hingis said of her first comeback in 2006. "People they try, and they never make it anymore. It's very difficult to find the routine again and then the sport moves on. I think if I didn't try then, then I would have those regrets for the rest of my life. I was more scared to not have the success."

Since making a second comeback exclusively in doubles in 2013, Hingis has won three total Grand Slams in doubles, four in mixed doubles, an Olympic silver medal with Timea Bacsinszky and a total of 23 more doubles titles to bring her career haul to 60. 

Though her career has now spanned three different decades, Hingis says that one thing has remained constant in her pursuit of success: having passion.

"I feel sometimes, I'm still a spring chicken on the court in doubles when we're doing well, but at 36 years old it's more of, [I'm] a grandmother on the court (laughing). [I've] done so well with Sania Mirza, Latisha Chan, so I'm looking forward to the next ones," the Swiss said. "To be successful for a long time, you really have to like what you do and I think that's the biggest key to success. I had a couple of breaks - it's not even the tennis that I missed, it's the traveling I didn't like so much and...not having the constant pressure of having to win matches.

"To put that pressure away and to find a new hunger with the game is challenging, but that's why I admire players like Roger Federer...and Serena Williams."

Check out the full interview with Hingis and Pervak below!