At age 35, and already a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Martina Hingis is finally going to be an Olympic medalist.
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Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky assured themselves _ and Switzerland _ of no worse than a silver by advancing to Sunday's women's doubles final at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
They beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the semifinals Friday.
— Timea Bacsinszky (@TimeaOfficial) August 11, 2016
This comes 20 years after Hingis made her Olympic debut as a teen at the 1996 Atlanta Games, losing in the second round of singles and the quarterfinals of doubles (with Patty Schnyder).
Hingis wound up reaching reach No. 1 in the rankings and winning five Grand Slam singles titles in the 1990s.
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She quit tennis in 2002 because of foot and leg injuries, returned before retiring again in 2007, then came back once more to play doubles.
Hingis owns 12 Grand Slam titles in women's doubles and another five in mixed doubles.
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