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Former No. 1 Martina Hingis unretires to play doubles tournament

Martina Hingis is unretiring after six years. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images) Martina Hingis is unretiring after six years. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Tennis Hall of Famer and former world No. 1 Martina Hingis will unretire to play doubles in the Southern California Open later this month, reports The Associated Press

Hingis, 32, will team with Daniela Hantuchova for her first WTA tournament appearance in nearly six years.

Hingis was the game's best player for a period in the late 1990s. Her success came in the gap between dominance by Monica Seles and Steffi Graf and the emergence of Serena and Venus Williams. Hingis won three majors in 1997 (all but the French Open) and added Australian Open titles in 1998 and 1999.

She was even more successful playing doubles. She won nine Grand Slam titles with six different partners, the last with Anna Kournikova at the 2002 Australian Open.

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Hingis battled foot injuries late in her career and retired for the first time in 2003. She returned to the game in 2005 but left again in 2007 under legacy-tarnishing circumstances. Hingis tested positive for cocaine at Wimbledon in 2007 and announced her retirement that November when the result was revealed. She denied the allegations but didn't fight a two-year suspension.
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