Fitness a factor in loss to Clijsters

The Australian Open proved that Martina Hingis can still play. And as the season gets longer, Luke Jensen writes, Hingis will only get better.

Updated: January 27, 2006, 7:52 PM ET
By Luke Jensen | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Even during her three years away from the game, Martina Hingis always felt she could play. I don't think there was ever a doubt.

When I saw her play World Team Tennis last summer, and as I was around her at Wimbledon while she worked for ESPN, there was never a time when she lost that inner confidence in her game.

It wasn't that she felt she couldn't hit the ball or actually play the game.

What Martina Hingis proved at the Australian ...

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