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CNNSI.com: Monday, January 03, 2000: Hingis to defend Aussie Open, uncertain about Olympics
HONG KONG (AP) -- World No. 1 Martina Hingis said Monday she is ready to defend her Australian Open title later this month in Melbourne, but is not sure if she will return to stake a claim for the gold medal at he Sydney Olympics.
CNNSI.com: Tuesday, January 04, 2000: Hingis demands equality from WTA
HONG KONG (AP) -- World No. 1 Martina Hingis says top women players could stage a boycott if the Women's Tennis Association fails to provide prize money equal to what men can compete for. Hingis, who is in Hong Kong for an exhibition event, was quoted in Tuesday's editions of the South China Morning Post as saying the disparity in prize money between the men's and women's tours was a source of major discontent among the women.
CNNSI.com: Tuesday, January 04, 2000: ITF's finest: Agassi, Hingis grab top singles honors
LONDON (AP) -- The International Tennis Federation on Tuesday named Andre Agassi and Martina Hingis as its world champions. Hingis is world champion for the second time having also been honored in 1997. The Swiss player won the Australian Open, was runner up at the French and U.S. Opens and also finished the year at No. 1 in the rankings.
CNNSI.com: Friday, January 28, 2000: Doubles champions upset by Hingis' attitude
MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) -- Martina Hingis was branded a bad loser on Friday after she suffered her first defeat at the Australian Open for four years in the final of the women's doubles. Top seeds Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs beat world No. 1 Hingis and French partner Mary Pierce 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to claim their first Grand Slam title. It was the first match the 19-year-old Swiss, winner of three straight singles and doubles titles, had lost in Melbourne since 1996.
CNNSI.com: Friday, January 28, 2000: Hingis suddenly vulnerable after losing doubles final
With her 50-match unbeaten stretch at Melbourne Park shattered in a doubles final loss Friday, Martina Hingis forced herself straight back onto the practice court to warm up for another final. Hingis faces Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport in a matchup of No. vs. No. 2 in the singles final Saturday and the 19-year-old is suddenly in danger of slumping to successive losses.
CNNSI.com: Friday, March 24, 2000: Hingis named goodwill amabassador by WHO
KEY BISCAYNE, Florida (AP) -- Tennis star Martina Hingis has been named goodwill ambassador for polio eradication by the World Health Organization. Hingis will work to raise money and awareness to fight the highly infectious disease, which can cause total paralysis in hours.
Canoe.ca: Sunday, May 14, 2000: Hingis withdraws from the Italian Open
ROME (AP) -- Martina Hingis has withdrawn from the Italian Open with an ankle injury, the fourth top player to be missing from the women's clay court tournament because of injury.
CNNSI.com: Tuesday, May 30, 2000: French Open still elusive for No. 1 star
PARIS -- There's one thing that eats away at Martina Hingis. Yes, she owns 29 career titles and five singles Grand Slam trophies. But she has never reigned victorious at Roland Garros. "I've been talking about winning this tournament for the last three years,” she said. “But I just want to play some good tennis as I think I did in the last year’s. And we'll see what will happen."
|CNNSI.com: Sunday, June 11, 2000: Mary Pierce enjoyed a second victory Sunday at the French Open when she and Martina Hingis won the women's doubles final. Less than 24 hours after Pierce defeated Spaniard Conchita Martinez to fulfill her dream of winning the singles title at Roland Garros, she was back on center court. Only a handful of fans were in place to see the start of the match, pitting Pierce and Hingis against Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain and Paola Suarez of Argentina. Pierce and Hingis won 6-2, 6-4.||
Martina Hingis says she will never take steroids to beef herself up so she can compete with the natural power of the Williams sisters. "I don't want to die when I'm going to be 30," she said. "You've see things written about people who die early because of heart problems and such. I'm scared of that stuff so I don't. My life is too nice right now. If I start taking something to bulk myself up, it's not worth it for me. Speed and quickness is all of my game anyway. If I get bigger, I just get slower and that's not my game. I realise that. I just have to work on my speed, be light and fast on the court, not a big hitter. I'm never going to compare myself to the Williamses, Lindsay (Davenport) or Mary (Pierce). I'm never going to hit a ball like they do. But I have other good thing in my game, so I have to use those."
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