DOHA: Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis has said she regrets not winning the French Open title during her playing career.
Speaking in the ‘Stars Chat’ session at Aspire Dome yesterday, the 32-year-old said: “Not winning the French Open is the one regret in my life. I would like to turn back on time to win that.”
When asked whether she would swap an Australian Open title, which she won for three consecutive years (1997, 1998 and 1999) for a French title, she replied: “Yes, definitely.”
The Swiss star, who also won the Wimbledon and US Open titles in 1997, said one of the key reasons why she became successful in tennis was because she had the support from her mother.
“You have to grow up in an environment where people support you, to be successful in your career,” said Hingis, who retired in 2007.
“You look at Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. They come from families who are involved in sport. It’s just part of being in that environment,” she added in front of people of all ages.
Hingis’ mother, a former tennis player helped the Swiss develop in the game as her coach and predicted the 32-year-old would win Wimbledon. The former world number one achieved the feat in 1997, beating Jana Novotna in three sets.
Having made her professional debut in October 1994, Hingis rose to the top of the rankings, which she is proud of.
She said: I am very fortunate to have been on top of the sport. I am very proud to have been number one in the world.”
The former tennis player spent a total of 209 weeks at the top.
During her two stint period in the game, she relished competing against the William sisters.
“I enjoyed playing against the William sisters because every time I played them, I had to bring my best game,” said Hingis, who is now coaching youngsters.
She also added that Serena, who has won 15 Grand Slam titles during her career has what it takes to rule tennis for the next four to five years.
“When Serena is on top of her game she is almost unbeatable. She can hit winners from any position. Mentally, Serena is a fighter and never gives up and wants to win,” said the Swiss.
“She can be top for the next 4-5 years,” she added.