Former Swiss No. 1 Martina Hingis is set to return to Adelaide’s World Tennis Challenge in January and stopped to speak with the media prior her hectic schedule down under. While she did make a doubles return this year, Hingis was adamant that there would be no return to the women’s circuit in the singles draws.
“I am not looking too far ahead,” Hingis said. “I will not be making a singles comeback. But I do still enjoy competing and there were a lot of positives from playing doubles in 2013.
Hingis returned from retirement for the second time in her career last summer to play several doubles tournaments with partner Daniela Hantuchova, but the pair failed to get past the second round in any of the five tournaments they entered.
“I am in decent shape at the moment and we’ll see how I feel after the Auckland, Hobart and the Australian Open Legends (event). I still have the same court sense and I am in decent shape. But back then I was more tournament fit so maybe `A Little More Energy’ v `A Little Wiser Today’.”
Hingis also commented on the growth of the women’s game, from the depth of talent to the addition of strength and power, she admits that the game has developed tremendously over the past few decades.
“It’s the No.1 sport for women,” she said. “It’s more competitive, the players are stronger and the tour is getting deeper. (But) I still think there’s room for that (finesse and touch). But being powerful or at least being able to cope with power is important.”