Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis announces pregnancy on social media

first_imgMartina Hingis celebrated her 38th birthday with fans on social media by announcing her pregnancy and saying that she and her husband will soon “become a family of three”.Hingis, who is married to a former sports physician Harald Leemann, took to Twitter on Sunday and wrote that this would the last time she would celebrate her birthday as a couple.”Thanks for all the birthday wishes! Happy to share that this will be the last time we’ll celebrate as a couple…excited to announce that we will become a family of three!” she said on Twitter.Thanks for all the birthday wishes! Happy to share that this will be the last time we’ll celebrate as a couple…excited to announce that we will become a family of three! Hingis (@mhingis) September 30, 2018Interestingly, Hingis’s former women’s doubles partner India’s Sania Mirza also has her baby due to arrive soon.Hingis had got married earlier this year in July, a picture of which she had posted on Instagram, thanking family and friends for their best wishes. Hingis and Harald Leemann had been in a relationship for more than a year by then and got married in a hush-hush ceremony at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz.This is Hingis’s second marriage. She was married to the French show jumper Thibault Hutin from 2010 to 2013.The five-time Grand Slam champion, who spent around 209 weeks at the top of the women’s tennis ranking, had retired from the game in 2017 putting an end to her 23-year long illustrious career.Hingis had announced her retirement through her Facebook page saying, “Looking back now, it’s hard to believe that almost exactly 23 years ago I made my professional debut.”The years that followed have been some of the most rewarding years of my life, both personally and professionally, but I believe the time has come for me to retire, which I will be doing after my last match here in Singapore.”I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to play this wonderful sport for so many years.”Tennis has always been my passion and I am extremely thankful for all the challenges, opportunities, partnerships and friendships it’s given me.”The retirement was Hingis’s third in a long and illustrious career during which she claimed 25 Grand Slam titles since her WTA Tour debut in 1994, five in singles, seven in mixed doubles and 13 in women’s doubles.Also read – Martina Hingis bids farewell with doubles defeat in WTA FinalsPrior to this, she had retired twice — once as a 22-year-old in 2003 and again in November 2007 — after a hip injury and testing positive for a metabolite of cocaine.Hingis returned to the sport for a third time in 2013 and enjoyed another successful spell of doubles tennis, winning four women’s and six mixed doubles Grand Slam titles from 2015-17.Hingis had taken the tennis world by storm when she lifted her first three major titles — the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 1997 — at the age of just 16.(With inputs from agencies)last_img

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