Hingis to return at Gold Coast event

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Martina Hingis will make her competitive return to tennis at a WTA tournament on the Gold Coast starting on New Year's Day.

Hingis to return at Gold Coast event

Gold Coast:

Martina Hingis will make her competitive return to tennis at a WTA tournament on the Gold Coast starting on New Year's Day. Last month, 25-year-old Hingis announced she planned to return to the professional circuit in 2006 and end a four-year retirement. "I'm very excited to be making my return to competitive tennis in Australia, I have always felt at home on the Australian courts," she said in a statement. Tough competition "I know I'll get some tough matches and it will allow me to get used to the Australian summer coming from the European winter, both of which will be helpful with my preparation for the Australian Open," Hingis said. Maria Sharapova is among the other entries at the Australian women's hardcourt tournament at Royal Pines. Hinges had made a brief comeback in February at the Thailand Open to raise funds for Asian tsunami victims, and lost in the first round. She won five Grand Slam singles titles, and was only 16 when she took over the top ranking in March 1997. She won 40 career singles titles and 36 doubles titles, and hopes to receive a wild card into the Australian Open at Melbourne in January, a tournament she won three times. (AP)

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