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Return has been more than successful for Hingis

Martina Hingis' comeback has been impressive, but is the Swiss the same player now that she was when she walked away from the game in 2003? Joel Drucker examines Hingis' game since her return.

Updated: May 10, 2007, 2:07 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

Here is a common phrase tennis players utter after they've played for the first time after being away from competition: not bad considering the layoff. Not bad. The bar has been set low. Anything plausible is acceptable.

But then, the thrill wears off, reality hits, and expectations can exceptionally fog up the picture.

So now, in 2007, does reality hit or reality bite for Martina Hingis? When she announced plans to compete in 2006, the tennis world held its breath. More than ...

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