Martina Hingis announces her third retirement from Tennis

Martina Hingis

The 37-year-old, who had once held both the singles and doubles No 1 rankings simultaneously for 29 weeks, will now retire as the top-ranked doubles player.

Hingis returned to the sport for the third time in 2013 and forged a hugely successful career in doubles, winning 10 more grand slam titles, taking her overall tally to 25.

My last three years were great and it's hard to beat them, ' she said. 'Now, my priorities have changed.' Then on Facebook she wrote a long post: 'Now that the cat is out of the bag, here we are for the third, and final time.

Both pairs remained strong on serve to send the contest into a tiebreak and the top seeds were beaten when Hingis sent a backhand long on the first match point to end both her and Chan's interest in the competition and her own career. "I will also consider whether the future partner and I can develop a good personal rapport for cooperation", Chan said. It's different, because before I walked away thinking I might come back.

I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to play this wonderful sport for so many years. You know, you want to stop on top and not when you're already going backwards.

Last year, Hingis won the WTA Finals doubles title with Sania Mirza of India. Tennis has always been my passion and I am extremely thankful for all the challenges, opportunities, partnerships and friendships it's given me.

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Hingis announced earlier in the week this tournament would be her last following a career that has included 43 singles titles and 64 doubles championships.

"After a season like this, I think it's also flawless timing".

Chan added: "It was always my goal to reach world number one but to be the year-end number one doubles team with Martina is a true honor and I'm proud of all that we have accomplished together".

She made a brief comeback in 2006 before retiring in 2007 after having tested positive in her drug test for cocaine.

Retired doubles specialist Rennae Stubbs, who defeated Hingis in the 2000 Australian Open women's doubles final for her first Grand Slam title, believes the Swiss still has "the best hands in the game".

Hingis said she would remain involved in the sport, perhaps in a coaching capacity - which could raise questions over a potential match-up with Federer. I can help my mom, her tennis school.

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