Heinz Günthardt, Martina Hingis’s Swiss Fed Cup captain, said he believed she was capable of playing on tour until she was 50 years old. She made it to 37, and though two previous Hingis retirements turned out to be sabbaticals, this one seems like the real deal. “You want to stop on top and not when you’re already going backward,” she said in Singapore before playing her final match, a loss in the semifinals of the doubles tournament at the WTA Finals on Saturday.
After a career that spanned three decades and during which she won 25 majors, Martina Hingis has finally hung up her rackets for good. Hingis, a child prodigy coached by her tennis coach mother who more than lived up to expectations, announced her retirement from tennis last week at the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore. It was the third retirement for the player who used to be known as the "Swiss Miss."
Is she a proud athlete or is this another twist in the topsy-turvy career of Martina Hingis? It's a harsh but legitimate question now that she has decided to retire for a third time. On Thursday at a news conference in Singapore, Hingis unexpectedly announced she was walking away from the game again. The timing of the decision came in much the same way she traveled through the game for 23 remarkably successful and often bizarre years.