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Extreme changeover

Martina Hingis was once the queen of tennis. As she mounts her comeback, will anything less than the throne be good enough?

Updated: August 17, 2006, 2:28 PM ET
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine

It is a postmortem press conference like any other, athlete reigning supreme, talking down at reporters who are as much an inconvenience as an obligation. Years ago, in another decade, another century, another time, Martina Hingis was indeed a queen. Now she is simply a member of the court, trying to work her way closer to the throne.

Not an hour earlier, on this August evening in San Diego, Hingis pushed one of tennis' current nobles, world No.2 Kim Clijsters, to 7-5 in the first set before ...

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