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She became the World's No. Due to her ankle injury, she first stopped playing at the age of 22, bounced back and was then again banned from tennis for a period of two years on account of alleged charges of doping a few years later.
Martina has always bounced back and this Grand Slam title victory at the Australian Open is her first after her comeback. While Leander and Martina may have known each other for 20 years, they have become friends today after playing together past two years and so, she came to Mumbai on his invitation.
They are both extremely soft-spoken and patient and apart from their love for tennis, they both love horses and cars. Excerpts from a conversation with two of the world's top tennis players, who not just make a great team on court, but clearly seemed to be great friends off it.
Conversation with Martina Hingis: Tell us about Leander as a partner in tennis? Leander is a very giving person and is always worried about me being fine. It's most important to have chemistry on court. We complement each other on court very well and I feel with him on court, nothing can go wrong. He is a great human being. As a woman, it's important to feel safe on the court. He will protect my serve if I am not feeling well.
Be it in a relationship or in life in general or on court, you need to feel protected. Last few years, we have come to know each other and I know that he can read my mind.
With Leander, I know that I have won a great friend for life and that's important. We are both very straight and he believes more in me than I do in myself sometimes. Also, we have respect for each other that is sometimes missing in the new generation of tennis players and that way, we are old school. You have been through a lot in life. What makes you bounce back every time? Life is not a sprint, it's a marathon.
You have to try and turn things around for you and live in the moment. The most important is to have the support system that gets you back on your feet. I always had my mother. She is the first person whose number is on my mobile. She feels stressed whether I play matches or in life or the fact that I don't have children yet. She always says that once you have a child, you never sleep the same as you are always worried.
I love her the most in the world. She has sacrificed so much for me. I was born in a communist country, Czech Republic. My parents split and my mum remarried a Swiss man, which is when we moved to Switzerland when I was eight.
It was not easy for me.
That's the time I became closest to her. I didn't know the language. I needed to go to school, but couldn't understand a thing due to the language. I started liking Maths as I didn't need to know the language for that. But I learnt very fast as I had a good memory. Six months later, no one could tell that I was not Swiss. My mum was a tennis player herself and she taught me to play tennis.
That is why our bond is even stronger as she is my mother, my friend, my coach, all in one person. Earlier, I used to hate playing with her but ever since I was 12, I have been defeating her and we now sometimes play together.
It used to be really cold in Switzerland so we had to play in indoor courts and I would have to wait for hours to just play for an hour for at least six months of the year as the courts were never free. So when I turned professional, the first thing I invested in was my own court at the age of Just to support me and make me learn tennis, she was at one point doing three jobs at the same time.
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She named me after Martina Navratilova as she is not just a great player, but also a great human being. She was also a symbol of freedom to the people of Czech Republic at that time. I am a single child and am my mother's girl. What does she like the most about you? That I have a good heart. And that I am very sensitive, sometimes too nice. And that is also why I get hurt easily.
I keep things inside me and then will explode. My mom feels that I should let it out faster as against keeping it inside me. What was the lowest emotionally for you in your life?
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The day of the doping wasn't the happiest day of my life. I never did anything but to be banned for two years took away what I loved in life the most, tennis. I was not only not allowed to just play the sport but also banned from watching it.Leander Paes & Martina Hingis 7/14/14 Mixed Doubles Highlights
I was not able to even enter the ground. You feel like you have done so much for the tennis world and they were my family and all of a sudden, I was not allowed to even watch the game. The horse world became my saving ground at that time.
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I have been riding since the age of Talk about you and Leander together as people? I am very emotional. Leander is very sensitive but he does not show his emotions as much as I do. He keeps it inside but I know he never forgets. So I have to be careful with the right words as I have great respect for him and don't want to hurt him. Communication on court is very important. Sania's partnership with Hingis is being touted as one of the best that women's doubles has seen in recent past.
Overtime we enter a Slam, me and Martina enter it to win it," she said after the Wimbledon success. Hingis' affair with India is not restricted to Sania.
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She has another Indian partner in Paes, whom she teamed up with for the Australian Open. The pair made its Grand Slam debut in scintillating fashion by winning the mixed doubles title in Melbourne.
However, they failed to replicate their success at the French Open and were eliminated at the pre-quarterfinals. Since then it's been a great ride for me.
I feel already like quarter India," said Hingis recently. I'm meeting the Prime Minister and everything. It was incredible today, the chemistry between myself and Leander. The Wimbledon triumph on Sunday was Paes's eighth mixed doubles Grand Slam title he has as many major titles in men's doubles. Paes won one of his three mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon before Hingis was her namesake, Martina Navratilova in