Venus speaks out: After battling the cold Hong Kong weather and reaching the final of the JB Group Classic, Venus Williams was asked in the post-match press conference to comment on doping in tennis and the 2-year ban given to Martina Hingis today. The Wimbledon champion told reporters,
"There are very few (cases), [...] In tennis it doesn't matter what you might take, it doesn't keep the ball in, it doesn't calm your nerves. It doesn't do any of that, [...] I can see in track and field and other sports, but tennis is definitely a lot of mental and skill. There is no magic pill for that."
When asked if she believed Martina had taken drugs V said she would give the Swiss Miss "the benefit of the doubt."
Regardless of whether she truly took cocaine or not, Martina's Hall of Fame record and reputation are permanently tainted now.
(image via AP Photo/Vincent Yu)