New York: Martina Hingis normally arrives at a Grand Slam expecting to leave with another trophy. This year, however, the former world No. 1 was unsure if she would walk away from the US Open with even a single match win.
But this has not been a normal year for the imperious Swiss, who limped into the season’s final Grand Slam on a surgically repaired ankle and made a quiet fourth-round exit on Tuesday, falling 4-6, 2-6 to sixth seed Monica Seles — a player she had beaten 15 times in 19 career meetings.
“It’s different going into a tournament where you just look forward to every single match,” said the 1997 US Open champion. “You’re not used to going into tournaments like that. I thought maybe I had a chance of making it at least to the quarter finals, then play Venus (Williams), if we both got there.
“I definitely wasn’t as far along as I thought I would be coming into these tournaments. I felt pretty good starting to play but obviously it will take time to recover 100 per cent physically. That’s the biggest problem at this point.”