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tennis life started right from
birth and her days playing with
a racket began barely after she
learned to walk.
It was only fitting that she
became one of the youngest
players to be enshrined in the
International Tennis Hall of
Hingis led a large 2013 class
that was inducted yesterday dur-
ing an on-court ceremony that
lasted just over 90 minutes,
including a 25-minute rain delay
on Newport s grass courts.
Born in the former Czecho-
slovakia before moving to
Switzerland at a young age,
Hingis was named after a
women s tennis great.
"My biggest influence was my
mom because she was a profes-
sional player, too," Hingis said
during a news conference before
the ceremony. "She started me
when I was two-years-old.
Another was Martina Navratilo-
va, obviously---(my mom) gave
me the name so that was the
destiny that was programmed
already. When I started playing
at two-years-old, that was the
After the rain delay, Hingis,
dressed in a purple sleeveless
dress with her hair still soaked,
told the crowd: "Thank you, ten-
nis. You gave me the world, and
now I honestly am out of words,
because there are no words to
explain what I feel. You chose
to give me a place here for eter-
Hingis is the fourth youngest
to be inducted---behind Tracy
Austin (30), Bjorn Borg (31) and
Hana Mandlikova (32).
The 32-year-old Hingis burst
onto the professional scene when
she was 14. Two years later, she
won three of the four major
tournaments, taking the titles
at the Australian Open, Wim-
bledon and US Open in 1997.
The memories were great. The
pictures of a thin teenager, well,
she ll pass on those.
In her career, Hingis won five
Grand Slam singles champi-
onships---including three straight
at the Australian Open from
1997-99---and 43 singles titles
overall. She also was a part of
37 doubles titles.
Hingis, often troubled by foot
injuries, retired for a second time
in 2007, when she drew a two-
year suspension for testing pos-
itive for cocaine at Wimbledon.
Hingis denied taking the drug
but did not appeal the ruling.
Stan Smith, the president of
the International Tennis Hall of
Fame, called her "one of the
most complete players."
Also enshrined were 94-year-
old Australian great Thelma
Coyne Long, inducted in the
master player category, and
industry leaders Ion Tiriac, Cliff
Drysdale and Charlie Pasarell.
Rod Laver accepted for Long.
Six other were inducted in the
masters category posthumous-
ly.Tiriac, who managed the
careers of Boris Becker, Guiller-
mo Vilas and Goran Ivanisevic,
marvelled at how Hingis small
frame didn t affect her ability to
dominate on the court.
"One of the most intelligent
players ---men and women---on
the tennis court," he said. "She
could not match the big girls,
but she did with her head what
others did with their swings."
Smith, a 1987 Hall of Famer,
enjoyed seeing her compete
against the more powerful play-
"She was able to think her
way through matches at 14," he
Hingis leads 2013 Tennis
Hall of Fame class
Tennis great Martina Hingis, of
Switzerland, poses with her
certificate during her enshrinement
into the International Tennis Hall of
Fame in Newport, Rhode Island,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
has hired Jimmy Con-
nors as her new coach.
A day after announc-
ing she was parting
with Thomas Hogstedt,
Sharapova posted on
her Web site yesterday
that she would work
with the eight-time
Andy Roddick for two
years before resigning
in 2008. He briefly
worked with Sharapova
before the 2008 Aus-
Sharapova for nearly
three years. She said on
Friday he wouldn t be
able to travel in the near
future and they agreed
she should find a new
A winner of the
career Grand Slam, the
pova was upset in the
second round at Wim-
bledon this year. She
says "I am really excited
about our new partner-
ship and looking for-
ward to the upcoming
Philipp Kohlschreiber and fifth-seed-
ed Fabio Fognini will contest the final
of the ATP Mercedes Cup in Ger-
Kohlschreiber defeated Victor
Hanescu of Romania 6-3, 6-3 in yes-
terday s semifinals to become the first
German in the Stuttgart final since
Tommy Haas in 1999. Kohlschreiber
has lost the other two finals he has
played on the tour this year.
Fognini, who beat Haas in the quar-
terfinals, eased past Roberto Bautista
Agut of Spain 6-1, 6-3 to become the
second Italian to reach the final of the
clay-court tournament. Andrea Gau-
denzi did it in 1994 and lost.
Fognini is one win away from the
first title of his career. He advanced
to the third final of his career and the
first this season.
Kohlschreiber cruised in the first
set and went up 3-0 with a break of
serve in the second. But Hanescu won
the next three games and Kohlschreiber
had to save two break points to hold
for 4-3. He then regained his momen-
tum and won the last two games.
"I played exceptionally until losing
those three games in a row,"
Kohlschreiber said. "He played the big
points incredibly well but I was able
to close it out." (AP)
BASTAD---Fernando Verdasco and
Carlos Berlocq will play each other
for the Swedish Open title today.
Spain s Verdasco, ranked eighth in
the clay-court tournament, held off
a strong challenge from fifth-seeded
Grigor Dimitrov in Saturday s semi-
final. Verdasco came from behind
and broke the Bulgarian s serve in
the third set to win 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-
5. In the day s second match, Argenti-
na s Berlocq beat Thiemo De Bakker
of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-3. (AP)
Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci will
face each other in the Italiacom Open
final after winning their semifinals
No 1-seeded Errani, who won this
tournament in 2008 and 2012, recov-
ered from 3-1 down in the second set
to beat fourth-seeded Klara Zakopalo-
va of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4.
Vinci struggled past Spaniard
Estrella Cabeza Candela 5-7, 6-2, 6-
2 to reach her first Palermo final.
The No 2 seed started badly, but
reacted well to cruise through the sec-
The breakthrough came in the fifth
game of the final set, when Vinci
broke to love following a double fault
from Candela. Vinci went on to win
the following three games and the
BUDAPEST---Romania s Simona
Halep will play for her third title of
the year when she faces Austria s
Yvonne Meusburger in the Budapest
Grand Prix final today.
In yesterday s semifinals at the Romai
Tennis Academy, No 3-seeded Halep
defeated countrywoman Alexandra
Cadantu 6-2, 7-6 (1), while Meusburger
upset No 6 Chanelle Scheepers of South
Africa 6-2, 6-2.
Halep won the first set in 27 minutes
and managed several shots very close
to the lines in the tiebreak to win the
"I played very well in the first set,"
Halep said. "It was a good idea to move
her between the sides as she returns
balls very strong from the middle."
Meusburger has yet to win a WTA
tournament and this will be her second
final after Bad Gastein in 2007. (AP)
Connors as new coach
compete for Mercedes Cup
Verdasco, Berlocq in Swedish finale
Top seeds Errani, Vinci reach Palermo final
Halep, Meusburger to
battle for Budapest title
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