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Hingis Set to Have Ankle Surgery

May 18, 2002

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ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) _ Martina Hingis could be working out in three weeks and back on the court in three months after ankle surgery.

Hingis is scheduled to have surgery Monday in Zurich to repair one torn and three loose ligaments in her left ankle.

``This injury is complex,″ Dr. Heinz Buehlmann told the Blick newspaper. ``But I think the chances for recovery are good. In about three weeks she will be able to start light water training and careful cycling.″

Tests this week revealed the ligament injury, forcing Hingis to withdraw from the French Open and miss a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since turning pro in October 1994.

Buehlmann, who operated on Hingis’ right ankle last October, told a Swiss radio network Wednesday that the 21-year-old Hingis had severe pain in her feet, left knee and left hip, which had forced her to stop training.

The former No. 1 player had played in 29 straight Grand Slam events, winning five: the Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open in 1997, and the Australian in ’98 and ’99.

In seven appearances at the French Open, Hingis has been a finalist twice (1997 and ’99) and a semifinalist three times (’98, ‘00 and ’01).

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