It must be nice to be back on top of the game for a player that was number one in the world in singles for over 200 weeks. Martina Hingis has a chance to take home another Grand Slam title on Saturday after returning to the game for the second time. Hingis and Flavia Pennetta will be looking to capture the women's doubles crown against Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. Hingis last won at the US Open in 1998, but is really enjoying her latest run to the top.
While competing Hingis has been a sort of player/commentator. She still pays close attention to the game. She has discussed the depth of the women's draw and future stars like Eugenie Bouchard and Belinda Bencic. She's been nothing but complimentary of her partner and says she benefitted from good timing.
The 33-year-old Swiss player is a five-time Grand Slam winner in singles including the 1997 US Open. Hingis will be gunning for her 10th doubles title facing the number four seeded pairing. She also won the mixed doubles at the 2006 Australian Open with Mahesh Bhupathi, which was her last slam title. When away from the professional tour Hingis kept her competitive drive through World Team Tennis and helped send the Washington Kastles to their fourth straight title in July.
It is hard to say if Hingis will retire for the third time if she wins the US Open. It seems like her interest has been rekindled thanks in part to her partnership with Pennetta. However, Saturday could be a crowning achievement that feels like closure on a career. Regardless, the play of the pair puts them in a deserving spot and Hingis belongs on the stage.