Video: Martina Hingis Smashes Ball Into Opponent’s Face During Olympic Match

Video: Martina Hingis Smashes Ball Into Opponent’s Face During Olympic Match

Note to self: Never, EVER, get on the wrong side of Martina Hingis whilst she has a tennis racket in her hands.

Now 35-years-old, Hingis is competing in probably her last Olympic Games, a whopping 20 years after making her first Games appearance in Atlanta.

And the former Wimbledon winner might be getting on a bit in sporting terms, but she still has a sledgehammer of a right arm – just ask Andrea Hlavackova.

Accompanied by her doubles partner Timea Bacinszky, Swiss star Hingis made the final of the women’s doubles in Rio after seeing off Hlavackova and partner Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic in dramatic circumstances in Friday’s semi-final.

Eventually winning the tense affair 5-7, 7-6, 6-2, Hingis and Bacinszky were just two points from defeat in the second set.

Trailing by a set and 5-4 down in the second, the entire match flipped dramatically when Hingis accidentally pelted smashed the ball into Hlavackova’s face:

She immediately flopped to the ground, and looked like she may even be unconscious as medics rushed onto the court.

Hingis did raise her hand apologetically, but she didn’t approach her opponent to see if she was OK, and the Swiss duo ruthlessly capitalised on the situation to ensure they’ll be picking up a medal.


More in Tennis

Get Backing Dominic Thiem to Topple Rafa Nadal and Claim French Open Glory

Daniel CawJune 6, 2018

The French Open Will Prove Wozniacki Fever is Still Alive and Kicking

Daniel CawMay 15, 2018

The US Open Will Only Be Broadcast on the Internet in the UK & Ireland This Year

Daniel CawApril 19, 2018

Miami Open Gives Reminder We Really Miss Andy Murray

Daniel CawMarch 16, 2018

Roger Federer Has Absolutely No Recollection of Wearing a Scotland Kit as a Boy

Daniel CawNovember 8, 2017

6 Memorable Moments of the US Open 2017

Stuart HyndSeptember 14, 2017

Video: Roger Federer Reveals Just How Drunk He Got After Wimbledon Victory

Stuart HyndJuly 17, 2017

Did Stan Wawrinka ‘Choke’ During His Shock Wimbledon Defeat to Daniil Medvedev?

Daniel CawJuly 4, 2017

Monte Carlo Underdog Ramos-Vinolas Provides Serious Value Against Nadal

Daniel CawApril 22, 2017