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Guilty or innocent, awful way for Hingis to bow out

She denies ever using drugs and maintains her innocence, but Martina Hingis has become the latest in a growing list of professional athletes who have left their sports under a very dark cloud of suspicion.

Updated: November 1, 2007, 7:16 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | Special to ESPN.com

You could call Martina Hingis a lot of things, but you'd never call her dumb. That's why it was stunning to hear she was retiring because of allegations that she committed a supremely stupid act -- ingesting a party drug sometime around the Wimbledon fortnight.

People rooted for Hingis when she was a teenaged sensation back in the mid- to late-'90s because she brought guile and finesse to what was then increasingly turning into a power game. Her occasional crisp or impudent comments were ...

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