Martina, on fear, in an interview with Sue Mott in the Telegraph:
“What stopped me was one thing. Fear. A fear of coming back and losing. Disappointment. Everything was being put on the spot. My name, my reputation. Plus I had been very frustrated with injuries. I had two operations on my heels. For the first few months of retirement, it was wonderful. No stress, no hassle, no travel. I just picked things I wanted to do.
I’m glad she got over all that. She made a good decision to fill the void left by the injured Big Babes. Don’t be too courageous, though, Ms. Hingis. There are some things in life that we still need to fear. Like the outfit they made you wear to promote Dubai.
Not even the appearance fee check you cashed should have let you wear that.
And here’s her take on the lifeblood of women’s tennis:
(C)ompetition, rivalry, is the lifeblood of women’s tennis. “Oh yes, I always want to have revenge when I lose. I don’t like losing to players twice in a row. I don’t see the players as enemies. I never really hated anybody, but I just hate the idea of losing. You can’t think about how you hate the other person, because you have to concentrate on yourself, the right thing to do to win the right point. You think: ‘What do I have to do to make the other person break down’.” It is a ruthless business. Friendships are rare. “Maybe you have to be a little bit aloof. But I think there’s more to life than being bitchy.”
Is this how most of the Tour thinks? Is Miss Congeniality Kim Clijsters really the anomaly?