So, the Swiss Miss Martina Hingis and her doubles partner Chan Yung-jan of Taiwan has been on a tear as they have won 3 titles in the last 30 days — helping her regain the Women’s Doubles World Number One Ranking.
The 2017 US Open, the Wuhan Open and just hours ago, the China Open against Timea Babos (HUN) and Andrea Hlaváčková (CZE), 6-1, 6-4.
Wow, how hectic?! That’s like 3 tournaments in a month! And more so if you are aware that Hingis even participates in the Mixed Doubles — in fact, she along with Jamie Murray were crowned champions in this year’s US Open.
Well, Hingis’ latest jewel, the China Open is already her 64th career doubles title as she continues to build on her legacy which has spanned over 20 years since her heyday in the singles circuit. And by the way, did you know that she even became World Number One in Women’s Singles — 31 March 1997 — way ahead of tennis great Serena Williams (8 July 2002)? Yet Hingis is just a year older! However, nagging injuries as a consequence of competing at a tender age resulted in her retirement from singles play 10 years ago.
Incidentally, Hingis’ head-to-head matchup with Serena is 6-7, these were mostly close games though both had matches of sweeping each other. Yes, she’s not a power player but she’s a swift and cerebral one that’s armed with a great serve-and-volley game whom Serena and other top players may not have beaten if not for her ‘soft tissues’ — and consequently, lack of focus which was most likely due to her injury trauma.
Now, it seems Hingis is on a mission. And that is to rake in as many titles from the back door. The doubles play. Hey, if your body isn’t strong enough for the rigors of playing in the singles circuit then playing with a partner could still get the job done. Perhaps as the greatest doubles player??
Hmm. That’s cerebral for you.