Wild card Martina Hingis reaches Sony Open doubles final with Lisicki

By J. Darin Darst | CBSSports.com Staff Writer

Martina Hingis will go for her first doubles title since 2002. (Getty)
At 33, Martina Hingis will go for her first doubles title since 2002. (Getty)

The comeback is almost complete.

Martina Hingis, who has dabbled in doubles the past two years after retiring from the WTA Tour in 2007, advanced to the Sony Open doubles final with Sabine Lisicki on Friday, beating fifth-seeded Cara Black and Sania Mirza 6-3, 6-4.

Hingis attempted a comeback last year in doubles, but only won three matches in five tournaments. She lost in the first round of the US Open in August, partnering with Daniela Hantuchova.

Hingis then took six months off before hitting the court again at the Indian Wells Tournament in March this year with Lisicki, but also lost in the first round.

At 33, Hingis was forced to accept a wild card into the Sony Open in Miami, but now is just one win away from claiming her third Key Biscayne title.

Hingis was one of the greatest women's players of all time, winning 43 WTA singles titles and 37 doubles titles. She was ranked No. 1 in the world numerous times between 1997-2001. She also won five Grand Slam singles titles and nine Grand Slam doubles titles, the last coming at the 2002 Australian Open with Anna Kournikova.

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