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Hingis gets bittersweet first Olympic medal after two-decade career

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Swiss tennis veteran Martina Hingis secured her first Olympic medal Sunday after two decades in the sport, but had to settle for silver after a bitter doubles loss to Russia.

Hingis and her partner Timea Bacsinszky lost 6-4, 6-4 against Russia‘s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, in an hour-and-a-half-long match under a hot sun in Rio de Janeiro.

Hingis, ranked first in the world for women‘s doubles, and Bacsinszky struggled to assert themselves against their Russian rivals throughout the hard-fought match and could not hang on past the second set, failing to score at all in its last game.

It was the second Olympics for Hingis, 20 years after she first played in the Atlanta Games at the age of 15. She received some of the loudest cheers from the sparse audience in the Rio stadium.

As a teenager, the Swiss prodigy won five majors before retiring in early 2003 with foot and ankle problems. She returned to the court in 2006, playing until late 2007 when she tested positive for traces of cocaine. Her second comeback came in 2013 to the doubles court.

The most anticipated tennis match of the day will come later Sunday, when Wimbledon champion Andy Murray faces off against Rio surprise Juan Martin del Potro for gold in the men‘s singles.

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