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At the end of the ongoing WTA finals, Martina Hingis (37), announced that she will retire from tennis for the third time in her career.
After winning her quarterfinal doubles match, the news was confirmed initially by the Swiss star on Twitter and Facebook. Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic were defeated by the top-seeded pair Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan of Taipei, by 6-3,6-2.
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“I told Latisha (Chan) from the start (of the year), ‘Hey this will probably be my last year,” Hingis said. “Probably people think after a season like this (to continue) but I think it's perfect timing because you want to stop on top. “I couldn’t ask for a better finish.”
Hingis, during her stop-start career, amassed five Grand Slam singles titles, 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, and seven Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She was one of six players, to hold the No. 1 ranking in singles and doubles at the same time in her career. Hingis has won 43 singles and 64 doubles titles.
Hingis has won nine women’s doubles titles, including the US Open with Chan, this year. And with Jamie Murray, she has won the Wimbledon and US Open mixed doubles trophies. Last year, Hingis won the WTA Finals doubles title with Sania Mirza of India. Because of injuries, Hingis first walked away from tennis in 2003.
In 2006, she returned to the sport, but she left the game again after testing positive for cocaine during the 2007 Wimbledon tournament. In 2008, she was sentenced to a two-year ban from tennis for the positive drug test, despite having already retired. “The previous times (I retired) I always had things in the back of my head that I might be able to, singles and then doubles, might be able to do that,” Hingis said. “I think now it’s definite. Before I was thinking I might come back.”
Hingis returned to tennis as a doubles-only player, in 2013. Since coming out of retirement in 2013, she won 10 of her Grand Slam doubles titles. “I’m looking forward to the things ahead of me, and tennis will always be a part of my life,” Hingis said, adding that “the travel will definitely be one thing I won’t miss anymore.”