Tennis pro Martina Hingis and playing partner Sabine Lisicki won in the doubles competition at the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida on Sunday. It has been seven years since her last doubles title in 2007 when she played in Doha. It is her 38th WTA trophy win.
The former world No. 1 first decided to retire in 2003 due to injuries. She returned to the game in 2005, but decided to retire again in 2007. The second retirement was also due to the two-year suspension she received from the International Tennis Federation. That year, Hingis’ urine sample was found to contain benzoylecgonine, a metabolite found in cocaine.
In July last year, Hingis took up the racket again to play in the sport’s doubles event in Carlsbad, pairing up with Daniela Hantuchova. It was also the month she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Hingis and Lisicki joined the BNP Paribas Open tournament in California’s Indian Wells Tennis Garden earlier this March, but they only got so far as the first round. At first Hingis wasn't sure if she wanted to join the Key Biscayne tournament and lose again, but now that they've won, things have changed, and she seems inclined to continue playing more matches.
The Swiss Hingis and German Lisicki took on Russian duo Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova, scoring 4-6, 6-4, and 10-5 to win the game. The champion pair joined the Florida tournament as a wildcard entry. They were able to win the last seven points of the game’s super tie-break against the Russians.
The 33-year-old pro tennis player is a five-time Grand Slam singles title holder: one for the US Open, another for Wimbledon, and three for the Australian Open. She has also won nine Grand Slam women’s doubles titles. Sunday’s win will most likely project Hingis to 60th place in the new doubles world rankings. Lisicki is projected to move up to 36th place.
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