Hingis rules out return

Swiss ace quashes comeback speculation

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Hingis rules out return

Hingis: No plans to return

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Former world number one Martina Hingis has confirmed that she is unlikely to make another comeback to competitive tennis.

Hingis, 29, received a doping ban in 2007 after testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon.

And, despite making a comeback in 2006 following a three-year retirement, Hingis revealed that another change of heart is unlikely.

"Many people ask when I will play again. But it would be too much of a burden to make it back to the top again," Hingis told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper.

"I do not think I still have the will and the strength to produce that kind of a performance again," she added.

Hingis won five Grand Slams and 43 WTA singles titles during a career stretching back to 1994.

However, she has not ruled competing in any upcoming exhibition events.

"But playing a few more exhibitions, that would appeal to me," she said, also suggesting she would like to help young players.