Former champion Martina Hingis gets doubles wildcard at Wimbledon


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Former champion Martina Hingis gets doubles wildcard at Wimbledon

Tennis: Former world No.1 Martina Hingis has been granted wildcard to play women's doubles event at the 2014 Wimbledon. She will be partnering another former Wimbledon champion Vera Zvonareva. This is the first time Hingis will be competing at Wimbledon, after 7 years.

She had last played at Wimbledon in 2007, when she had lost in the 3rd round to Laura Granville. The Swiss star had become youngest ever player to win Wimbledon title, when she won Wimbledon at the age of 15 in 1996. She had won Women's Doubles title with Helena Sukova.

In 1997 she won women's singles title after beating Jana Novotna in the final and the following year she partnered Novotna to win women's doubles title again. Hingis has partned Sabine Lisicki throughout this year and had won title in Miami.

But Lisicki is concentrating on singles now so Hingis has turned to Zvonareva. Zvonareva had won the Mixed Doubles title in Wimbledon in 2006, partnering Andy Ram. She reached final of women's doubles event of the 2010 Wimbledon, partnering Elena Vesnina, but lost in the final.