At times, Martina Hingis looked like the champion of old — such as when she was pounding forehands or placing crisp volleys right where she wanted them.
At times, the Swiss looked like an old champion — most notably, when she double-faulted twice to close out her loss in women’s doubles at the US Open on Friday.
Returning to grand slam tennis for the first time since 2007, the 32-year-old went 0-2.
First, she and Slovak Daniela Hantuchova lost to the top-seeded Italians and defending champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 3-6, 5-7. Later, Hingis and India’s Mahesh Bhupathi fell 6-7 (5), 6-7 (5) to Chan Yung-jan of Chinese Taipei and Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt in a mixed-doubles match marked by a number of disputed calls in the second-set tiebreaker.
“I always enjoyed the big stage. Even today,” said Hingis, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame last month. “You see the people that came. They enjoyed it. They really cheered us on. So, I mean, I couldn’t ask for more.”
Well, except for one thing.
“I mean, I always play tennis to win matches and to win tournaments,” the five-time grand slam winner said.
Her next chances will come in WTA events at Tokyo and Beijing in September. “Let’s take it one at a time right now,” Hingis said. “I will be happy not to have to play for a few days.”