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Hingis is poised to retire again

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  • Martina Hingis is expected to announce her retirement for a second time
  • The former world number one called a media conference in Switzerland
  • She quit in 2003 but returned two years later and rose to world number seven
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BERNE, Switzerland -- Martina Hingis was expected to announce her retirement from tennis for the second time on Thursday.

A media conference was called for the same Swiss hotel where she revealed that she would return to the sport in December 2005.

Hingis ended her season last month because of hip problems and said she would take as long as necessary to become fully fit again.

The 27-year-old Czech-born Swiss ended her career for the first time in 2003, after persistent ankle trouble.

After returning to the game she won three titles and ended last year at number seven in the world rankings. She is still rated 19th at the moment.

During her career Hingis won five grand slam titles and spent 209 weeks as the world's number one. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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