It was a successful homecoming for Martina Hingis at the 2014 Sony Open as she won her first round in doubles with the woman she's coaching, Sabine Lisicki. Hingis, a former champion of the Sony Open in singles, hasn't played at Crandon Park since her first comeback to professional tennis back in 2006 when she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova and in 2007 when she lost to Agnieszka Radwanska. Back win the Swiss Miss won the Sony Open in 2000, the courts weren't purple and her pupil wasn't even playing professional tennis.
It was a packed house on court 1 to watch the tennis legend make a highly anticipated return to the Sony Open and she didn't disappoint. Hingis came out sharp doing what she does best; she was smart, savy, and very crafty. Moving rhe ball side to side, using her opponents pace, and mixing in the occasion drop shot she was known for back in her glory days. It was no shortage of jaw dropping tennis because you have the power of Lisicki and the court craft and touch of Hingis; it was a real treat and tennis lovers dream.
Their opponents were the Czechs Lucie Safarova and Andrea Hlavackova who are the tournaments sixth seeded pairing; both very aggressive off both wings. Hlavackova, a very accomplished doubles player, has quite the resume; she's a silver medalist in doubles at the London games, 2012 Wimbledon finalist, and 2012 US Open champion. Safarova, as we all know, is a very talent player who is a force to be reckoned with on the singles court.
Hingis and Lisicki were in total control from start to finish and there was nothing really their Czech opponents could do. Hingis and Lisicki raced through the first set winning it 6-1 and they never looked back. Things got a little tricky early in the second set as the Czechs broke early, but as the match wore on, Hingis started serving and volleying while Lisicki boomed serves; it was a recipe for success and success is what the Swiss German pair acheived.
A comprehensive 6-1 6-4 victory for the Swiss German duo was widely appreciated by the fans who packed in to court 1. Welcome back to Miami Martina Hingis, to say we've missed you would be putting it mildly.