Friday, July 21, 2017

Martina Hingis back with the Washington Kastles after Wimbledon mixed doubles win

WASHINGTON — Martina Hingis looked confident warming up ahead of the Washington Kastles match on Tuesday night. After all, her last doubles win came just two days ago.

Hingis and Jamie Murray beat defending champions Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson, 6-4, 6-4, to take the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon on Sunday.

“I don’t really have much time to celebrate. I made it to champions dinner, kind of made it through. Four o’clock got up, got a car, and am here now,” Hingis said Tuesday. “Luckily, it’s not my first time.”

Her first Grand Slam title came in 1996 at age 15, when she and Helena Suková won the women’s doubles title at Wimbledon. Since then, Hingis has gone on to win 23 Grand Slams, with all but five of them coming in doubles.

“Even in my singles career, I was much better doubles player than singles player,” she said.

Her success in doubles has kept her playing. Hingis, 36, has retired from the sport twice, first in 2003 and again in 2007.

Lately, she has found increased success in mixed doubles. Of her six major championship titles in mixed doubles, five have come since the beginning of 2015. Alongside Leander Paes of India, she won each of the Grand Slam titles, before teaming up with Murray this year.

In women’s doubles, she has switched partners more often, winning 12 Grand Slams with seven different partners. The most recent came in 2016 at the Australian Open with Sania Mirza, the pair’s third major title in two years.

“Sometimes it takes more psychology than skills to handle different partners,” she said. “I think my game just is meant to adjust to different types of partners, and I think I try to bring the best out of both of us, and I think I’ve been pretty capable of doing that.”

Hingis has certainly found success in the doubles game, but she has also found solace in playing with a partner.

“I always enjoy that part always even more because you’re never alone on the court,” she said.

“You’re with your partner, and even on a bad day or a good day, you try to help each other.

"And you win as a team, and that’s what for me it’s about.”

It is that same team aspect that draws her back to Mylan World Team Tennis every year. She is now in her 10th WTT season, having played five seasons in New York.

“Playing for the Kastles, you don’t have just one partner - you have five or six,” the 2013 WTT Female MVP said.

“That’s what I enjoy even more - not just being out there for yourself, but having that responsibility, you have the whole stadium that carries you, and that’s really cool.”

At Tuesday’s home opener against the New York Empire, fans shouted her name throughout the match, as others held a sign that read “Martina is the queen of the Kastles”.

She held court for the first two sets, representing the Kastles in mixed doubles and immediately after in women’s doubles. Hingis and Treat Huey dropped the first set 5-4, but alongside Anastasia Rodionova, Hingis reversed the second set, winning 5-4, and evening the overall score at 9-9. The Kastles would go on to win 24-23 in a supertiebreaker, with Frances Tiafoe clinching the match.

Earlier in the night during a courtside interview, Hingis took a moment to reflect on her cross-continental celebrations.

“Just a couple of nights ago I was celebrating in London, and now tonight I’ll hopefully have more to celebrate.”

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Martina Hingis wants to coach Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska in the future

Martina Hingis revealed she would love to work with Caroline Wozniacki or Agnieszka Radwanska if she could coach any current players on the WTA Tour.

The Swiss ace and former world No. 1 is competing in both the mixed doubles and the ladies doubles in 2017 – 20 years after her singles title at the All England Club – having won five Grand Slams between 1997 and 1999.

After retiring from tennis twice and taking on several smaller coaching roles, Hingis has returned to tear up the doubles scene and now boasts majors in all four Slams in both mixed and ladies doubles.

However, she admitted she would be interested in returning to coaching after she hangs up her racquet again.

‘I already did some coaching and really enjoyed it,’ she exclusively told ‘I did help some really young upcoming players – four or five girls who were past junior champions or No. 1 in the junior events and helping them make that transition.

‘I see them around today – one of them actually was Naomi Broady who I hit with a few times and Yulia Putintseva, [Daria] Gavrilova so to make the breakthrough and they’re ranked 30/40 in the world now so it’s great.

‘Also helping someone like [Anastasia] Pavlyuchenkova or Sabine Lisicki, who I partnered in the doubles later on. I really enjoyed that part. You know, you see the instant improvement and also mentally, sometimes it’s more of a psychology not only coaching with the tennis game – it’s a whole.’

While enjoying her previous time in coaching, Hingis picked out two current stars who would she would enjoy working with: Wozniacki and Radwanska.

The pair were both knocked out of Wimbledon in the fourth round on Monday, losing to Coco Vandeweghe and Svetlana Kuznetsova respectively, and have been up to first and second in the WTA rankings.

However, neither have won a Slam, with Radwanska losing to Serena Williams in the final of Wimbledon in 2012 and Wozniacki losing twice in the final of the US Open in 2009 and 2014.

And Hingis – who is playing alongside Jamie Murray in the mixed doubles at the All England Club – would love the chance to help them go one step further at a major.

‘I usually let it come to me, I don’t like making that first step,’ she said of any potential future coaching work. ‘Also the player and the surroundings have to be right.

A player I think definitely has a great game or would have the possibility to win a Slam, which she hasn’t done yet, is Caroline Wozniacki.

Or someone like Radwanska who probably have similarities to my game but they have made finals in Slams and not been able to do that yet.

‘It’s not a mental thing, it’s just a little tweaser – just a little tweak to their games.’  the article also includes a great video interview

Monday, July 17, 2017

Martina Hingis captures 2nd mixed doubles title at Wimbledon with Jamie Murray

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LONDON, Great Britain - Former World No.1 Martina Hingis captured her 23rd Grand Slam title on Sunday, partnering Jamie Murray to dethrone defending champions Heather Watson and Henri Kontenin, 6-4, 6-4.

"It's easy to play with Martina," Murray said in the post-championship press conference. "I mean, she's always smiling and happy and stuff. Makes it easy for me.

"She takes care of her side of the court, makes my job a lot easier."

Hingis won her first Wimbledon crown as a 15 years, 282 days old in 1996, triumphing in women's doubles with Helena Sukova to become the youngest Grand Slam champion in the Open Era.

Top seeds in mixed doubles, Hingis and Murray were playing together for the first time at a major; Hingis typically partners with Leander Paes, with whom she'd won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments in 2015.

Murray had planned to focus on men's doubles because of its grueling best-of-five format, but when reconsidered when the Hall of Famer gave him a call.

"I'm not used to 'No,' Hingis laughed after the match. "No, I don't take 'no' as an answer pretty much. But I understand in the past guys would have said no because they really want to focus on doubles only because it's three-out-of-five. This is the only tournament that still does it.

"It's definitely easier to ask somebody on the other three Grand Slams and not Wimbledon. But I definitely was hoping for a big yes."

With Murray, the Swiss Miss didn't drop a set en route to the final, where they were set to face Watson and Kontenin, who won the title last year.

Watson and Kontenin came through the tournament unseeded, beating four seeded teams to return to the final, including No.4 seeds Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig, No.10 seeds and reigning French Open champions Gabriela Dabrowski and Rohan Bopanna, and No.2 seeds Elena Vesnina and Bruno Soares.

Murray last won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in 2007 with another former WTA World No.1 in Jelena Jankovic, and his shared experience with Hingis proved too tough for Watson and Kontenin, saving break points in the final game to serve out the win in 70 minutes.

"You had to also cheer me up a couple times," Hingis said, addressing her partner. "I get down, feeling frustrated when I can't return the guy's serve. I'd pick the right side, but still he served so good today.

"Today we didn't really get nervous about it. Like even if we didn't get to play the things we usually did in the last four matches, today we did when it mattered."

Hingis has now won six mixed doubles titles to add to her 12 in women's doubles and five in singles; her latest partnership with Chan Yung-Jan has helped her become No.1 on the Porsche Race to Singapore leaderboard after they won two of the first three Premier Mandatory tournaments at the BNP Paribas Open and the Mutua Madrid Open.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Roger Federer wins record #8 & his 19th Grand Slam at Wimbledon!

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Roger Federer stands alone. The Swiss achieved Wimbledon immortality on Sunday, becoming the all-time titles leader at The Championships with a resounding 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Marin Cilic.

Federer notched a record eighth crown at the All England Club, surpassing Pete Sampras for solo first place on the all-time list. The Swiss added to his unprecedented Grand Slam titles haul, lifting a 19th trophy in total and second of the year, having prevailed at the Australian Open in January.

The World No. 5 will ascend two spots to No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday, capping a remarkable return to the Top 3 for the first time in nearly one year. The oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open Era, the 35 year old added 2000 Emirates ATP Rankings points and £2,200,000 in prize money.

"It means the world to me to hold this trophy, particularly when I haven’t dropped a set," said Federer on BBC TV after the match. "It’s magical, I can’t believe it yet. It’s too much, really. It’s disbelief that I can achieve such heights. I wasn’t sure if I’d be in a final again after last year, especially some tough losses to Novak [Djokovic] in 2014 and 2015. But I kept believing and if you believe you can go a long way in your life. Here I am with an eighth title, it’s fantastic."

In claiming the title in straight sets, Federer became just the second player to reign at Wimbledon without dropping a set in the Open Era, with Bjorn Borg (1976). He also joins Borg and Rafael Nadal as the only men to race through a major tournament on multiple occasions. He previously did so a decade ago at the 2007 Australian Open.

Grand Slam Titles Won Without Dropping a Set

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Bjorn Borg


1976 Wimbledon, 1978 & '80 Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal

3 2008, 2010 & '17 Roland Garros

Roger Federer


2007 Australian Open, 2017 Wimbledon

Ilie Nastase


1973 Roland Garros

Ken Rosewall 

1971 Australian Open

It has been a vintage first half of the season for Federer, who improved to 9-0 against Top 10 opposition with a tour-leading fifth tour-level crown. Employing the same aggressive and authoritative gameplan that saw him prevail at Melbourne Park, seal the Sunshine Double in Indian Wells and Miami and notch a staggering ninth Gerry Weber Open title, Federer dropped just four service games in capturing the Wimbledon crown.

It was a slow start for Federer on a crisp Sunday afternoon, striking an early double fault on game point and conceding a break chance to Cilic. But the Croatian squandered the opportunity and the Swiss seized the initiative, breaking immediately in the next game after racing to a 0/40 lead. Federer would break again for the opener behind a ruthless returning display, surging to a one-set lead.

An edgy Cilic would continue to succumb to Federer's pressure from the baseline. A backhand wide gave the 35 year old a quick break in the second game of the second set. An emotional Cilic was assessed by tournament doctors on the subsequent changeover and Federer would stay the course, breaking once again for a commanding 5-1 lead.

Cilic did well to make the third set competitive, but the seventh seed could not halt Federer's indomitable momentum. The Basel native would take the decisive break in the seventh game and did not look back, streaking to the title after one hour and 41 minutes. He would secure his eighth Wimbledon crown with his 13th ace of the match. It was a 93rd tour-level title and record 17th on grass for Federer.

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Pete Sampras



Federer extended his dominant FedEx ATP Head2Head lead over Cilic to 7-1, defeating the Croatian for the second straight year at Wimbledon. The Swiss saved three match points in that quarter-final encounter at SW19.

“I never gave up throughout my career. I gave my best today and that’s all I could do," said Cilic. "I have had an amazing journey here and have played the best tennis of my life. I’d like to thank my team, they gave me so much strength. To all my fans in Croatia and here, it was really tough today. I gave it my all and I hope to come back here and go one better next time.”

Cilic, who takes home £1,100,000 and 1200 Emirates ATP Rankings points, was appearing in his second major final (2014 US Open). Champion at the 2012 Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club, he was also bidding for a second grass-court crown and 17th in total at the tour-level. The 28 year old was vying to become just the second Croatian player to win the Wimbledon title, joining Goran Ivanisevic (2001).

It took 5 years, but Roger Federer is the undisputed king of Grass once more. 

Magic # 8 & 19.  The first Wimbledon without dropping a set ♥

I am on cloud 9 right now. All I can say is 2017 tennis season I ♥ you.