Carlsbad: Martina Hingis won on Wednesday night in her return to the WTA Tour, teaming with Daniela Hantuchova for a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Julia Goerges and Darija Jurak in the Southern California Open.
Hingis, the 32-year-old former top-ranked singles player whose last tour match was September 2007, consistently showed the deft hands that made her a nine-time Grand Slam doubles champion. (Also read: Singles not in comeback plans, says Hingis)
The five-time Grand Slam singles champion frequently flashed a smile as she and Hantuchova overwhelmed their opponents. The pair hugged after Hingis' lob shot over Jurak's head sealed the first-round match.