Saturday, February 25, 2006

Love all between Melanie and Martina Hingis

Love all between mother and Hingis

By Alaric Gomes, Staff Reporter

Dubai: Former World No 1 Martina Hingis has made her peace with her mother.

Older and much wiser now than what she was a few years back, the Swiss Miss admitted they do not squabble as often now as they used to before.

"We probably do not fight as much as we used to before," Hingis said after losing to Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Open yesterday.

The relationship between Martina Hingis and her mother, Melanie Molitor, who doubles up as her coach has been the centre of attention in the past. In 2001, Melanie went on record to state that she was withdrawing from her position as the coach to her high-profile and often-volatile daughter.

Subsequently, Hingis stopped playing on the Tour for the first time in 2001 when she tore ligaments in right ankle at the Filderstadt Open. That loss caused her to lose her No 1 ranking to Jennifer Capriati after 73 consecutive weeks. She had an ankle injury in October that year, and missed the remainder of the season.

Successful return:

In 2002, Hingis made a successful return to the Tour following a three-month lay-off, snapping off a 13-tournament drought to win the Sydney Open.

Hingis did not play in 2003, disclosing that she wanted to take an indefinite break from the game. She did not play the next season too. Hingis made a comeback on the Tour in 2005 at Pattaya City as an unranked wild card, before falling to No 73 Marlene Weingartner in three sets.

One thing making the difference in the relationship between mother and daughter is the three-year break that Hingis took when she saw her ranking slip down.

However, with the break came the realisation and maturity even as the teen years faded in the background. Melanie is presently accompanying her daughter in Dubai.

"My mum is the person who knows me best. She is aware of what I am capable of? she knows me inside out. So maybe she is the best person I can fight with," Hingis said.

For the moment, the Swiss Miss has been pretty successful on her comeback, her most notable achievement thus far being the mixed doubles title with India's Mahesh Bhupathi at the Australian Open this year.


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