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Tennis: Hingis to End Retirement


Martina Hingis, the former world-number-one tennis star, is making her long-awaited return to competition at Australia's Hardcourt Championships next month.

The 25-year-old Swiss player is ending her three-year retirement by entering the tournament, which begins on New Year's Day.

Hingis left the professional tennis circuit in 2002 after suffering a series of injuries. She said Tuesday, she's very excited to be making her comeback in Australia, where she has always felt at home.

The Australian Gold Coast tournament will help Hingis prepare for next month's Australian Open, which she has won three times before. The Swiss champion has won 40 singles titles and 36 doubles events in her career.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.