Hingis makes winning return in doubles match
Martina Hingis wins her first competitive match since returning to the sport
Five time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis won her first WTA match for six years as she partnered Daniela Hantuchova at the Southern California Open.
The 32-year-old returned from retirement after accepting a wildcard invitation to take part in the doubles competition, and enjoyed a winning comeback as the pair defeated Julia Goerges and Darija Jurak 6-1 6-1 in less than an hour.
"It was awesome," said Hingis speaking after their victory.
"To play with Daniela, it had to take her a lot of courage to dig me out of the grave. I'm very happy to have a partner like her. It makes it much easier.
"I was really nervous going into the match, but she was so solid and that gave me so much more confidence. After the first set, it was pure pleasure," she added.
Having been forced to retire in 2003 with an ankle injury, aged just 22, she made a comeback just three years later.
But the Swiss star once again quit the sport a year later after revealing she had failed a drugs test at Wimbledon after evidence of cocaine use was discovered.
Despite insisting she had never taken drugs, the former world number one didn't appeal the two year ban.
With Grand Slam victories at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australia Open, Hingis has amassed 43 singles titles on the WTA Tour, but stated that she was not considering a return to that form.
"Not at this point, no."
Hingis and Hantuchova will now face third seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, before appearing in warm-up events in Toronto and Cincinnati as they continue their preparation for the US Open.
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