Hingis not keen on return

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:49 IST

Martina Hingis says she is enjoying life outside the tough world of professional sport and focusing on her private life.

Hingis not keen on return

Zurich:

Martina Hingis, the former top player on the women's tennis circuit, says she is enjoying life outside the tough world of professional sport and focussing on her private life. Hingis said in an interview published with the weekly magazine Schweizer Illustrierte that she has no plans to return full-time to the tour. But she will continue to play in exhibition matches and charity events. "I have a very good life and enjoyed all the freedom over the last two years," the 24 year-old Swiss said. "I am no longer 16 or 17, and I am no longer prepared to concentrate solely on world class sport," she added. Hingis, who lost on February 1 in her comeback bid against German Marlene Weingartner 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, said she was surprised by how much women's tennis had developed in her absence. She claimed it would be difficult for her to compete with the new athletes dominating the sport. "What was good enough two years ago, doesn't do it anymore. Now, my size puts me at a disadvantage," she said. (AP)

Topics : Tennis Martina Hingis Venus Williams
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