Hingis, 29, returned back to professional tennis following the end of her ban for cocaine abuse. Perhaps inspired by Martina Navratilova’s success in reality television on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here. Hingis decided to try her luck on the dance floor.
Week 1 - Show 1: Martina danced a Waltz and scored 22 out of 40.
Week 1 - Show 2: Martina danced a Rumba and scored 24 out of 40.
Week 1 - Show 2: Martina and Matthew were in the dance off with Rav Wilding and it was left to the judges to decide their fate. Alesha Dixon and Craig Revel Horwood voted for them to leave the competition and Head Judge Len Goodman's decision to save Rav Wilding sealed their exit. They were the first couple to leave from Strictly Come Dancing 09.
After her and Matthew’s elimination, Martina said: "It was a great experience, I learnt so much and while I wish it could continue here we are, but maybe I’ll come back to London for some more lessons.”
Matthew Cutler “Martina worked really hard and we had great fun together. And I learnt something about tennis from her and I’m gutted that I’m going to miss out on that now!”
Martina Hingis is voted off Strictly Come Dancing
It was game, set and match on the set of Strictly Come Dancing overnight for fallen tennis star Martina Hingis, who was the first celebrity contestant to be voted off the show.
After the first public votes had been cast, the phone votes were added to the judges' scores and the two pairs with the lowest score – Hingis and her partner Matthew Cutler, and Crimewatch presenter Rav Wilding and his partner Aliona Vilani - had to dance their rumba again to try to save themselves.
The judge’s casting vote eventually went against the 'Swiss Miss' of tennis, who admitted afterwards that she may need more dancing lessons.
The Judges' Comments
Craig Revel Horwood: "Both couples actually improved dramatically in that dance off so it made that decision very, very difficult. But for me the best couple on that dance off was Martina and Matthew."
Alesha Dixon: "Again, I do think both couples came out with fighting spirit but for me the best was Martina and Matt."
Bruno Tonioli: "Very difficult, very close because it’s right, they’re both right, they both improved. For me though, it’s Rav and Aliona."
Head judge Len then had the deciding vote:
Len Goodman: "Unlike Craig, they were very close during the competition, but here in this dance off I thought one did improve and one under-performed. And the one I’m saving is Rav and Aliona.”
Hingis what went wrong?
Alesha had told her during the show: "I think you really need to work on your arms more, for me they're a bit flyaway... the way you dance, there's a sensuality you brought to that, there's a connection between you."