Martina Hingis, the World number one doubles player has announced that she will retire from tennis after the WTA Finals.
The 37-year-old, Swiss international retired as a 22-year old in 2003 and then after a brief comeback she again retired in 2007. however, she was back in 2013, following which she won last year’s Wimbledon and US Open mixed doubles with Britain’s Jamie Murray, part of a total of 10 Grand Slam doubles crowns.
Now, Hingis says: “It’s the right time for me. It’s better to stop at the peak and say I had a very good time. The successes I’ve had over the past three years have been great and it’s going to be hard to beat. And my priorities change, too, of course.”
in 1997, Hingis gained international recognition as a 16-year-old, becoming the world number one in singles and winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. She then won 2 Grand Slam singles titles, both of which were in Australia.
When she took retirement in 2003, she said that a return to competition was “unforeseeable” and that she had “no plans to ever return.” But in 2206, Hingis made a comeback on the singles circuit before retiring for a second time a year later.
After being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Hingis returned to the doubles circuit in 2013. Since then she has brought her tally of career Grand Slam titles to 25.
Hingis and her doubles partner Chan Yung-jan play in the last eight of the WTA Finals in Singapore on Thursday.
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