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Martina Hingis & Anna Kournikova to return to Wimbledon

Hingis & Kournikova won two Australian Open doubles titles in 1999 and 2002
Hingis & Kournikova won two Australian Open doubles titles in 1999 and 2002

Former Wimbledon champion Martina Hingis will return to the All England Club this year to play in the veterans doubles event with Anna Kournikova.

Hingis, who triumphed in 1997, retired from the WTA Tour in 2007 after testing positive for cocaine while competing at that year's Wimbledon.

The 29-year-old Swiss will team up with Kournikova, 28, who has not played on the Tour since 2003 because of injury.

They won two Australian Open doubles titles together in 1999 and 2002.

Hingis, the former world number one, won five Grand Slam singles titles before retiring for the first time in 2003, only to launch a comeback in 2006.

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She denied taking cocaine in 2007 but quit the professional circuit before being handed a two-year suspension, which ended in September 2009, and did not contest the ban.

Kournikova, the former world number eight, reached the Wimbledon singles semi-finals in 1997 but the Russian's career was hampered by injuries and she made more headlines for her looks than from any on-court success.



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Hingis set for Nottingham debut
23 Mar 10 |  Tennis
Hingis set to play in Liverpool
04 Mar 08 |  Tennis
Hingis handed two-year suspension
04 Jan 08 |  Tennis
Kournikova may yet revive career
10 Dec 05 |  Tennis


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