Martina Hingis
Swiss tennis player
Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis is a Swiss former professional tennis player who spent a total of 209 weeks as World No. 1. She won five Grand Slam singles titles (three Australian Opens, one Wimbledon, and one US Open). She also won nine Grand Slam women's doubles titles, winning a calendar year doubles Grand Slam in 1998, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title.
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Serena, from ghetto girl to Grand Slam queen
Yahoo News - 29 days
Serena Williams started playing tennis on potholed courts in one of America's most notorious gangland neighbourhoods, but against the odds she has risen to become arguably the best player in the sport's history. It hasn't been an easy journey in a white-dominated sport steeped in tradition, but Williams has pursued her goals with a determination just as fearsome as the raw power with which she plays her shots. Strong but also quick, ruthless and fiercely competitive, Williams has been at the top for a generation, since she beat Martina Hingis aged 17 in the 1999 US Open final.
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Lucic-Baroni fires another blast from the 1990s at Australian Open
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni's fairytale Australian Open continued on Saturday, with the Croat showing the fighting qualities that have seen her overcome personal trauma, financial constraints and injury on a long, long road back to the top. The 34-year-old, who stunned third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in round two, battled from a set down to end the dreams of Greek Maria Sakkari 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to make the fourth round. It has been a memorable tournament so far for Lucic-Baroni, who in 1997 made her US Open debut at just 15 and teamed with Martina Hingis to win the 1998 Australian Open women's doubles.
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Tennis: Hingis adds silver medal to rich career storyline
Yahoo News - 7 months
By Martyn Herman RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - They should make a movie out of Martina Hingis's tennis career. First the meteoric rise, five grand slam singles titles while still a teenager, the world number one ranking and her dazzling smile adorning magazine covers around the world. It was not the color Hingis wanted as she and partner Timea Bacsinszky were beaten to gold in a 6-4 6-4 defeat by Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina and there were plenty of tears shed at the end.
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Tennis-Hingis and Mirza call time on doubles partnership
Yahoo News - 7 months
The leading women's doubles team of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza have opted to end their partnership after suffering a slump in form following a trophy-laden 16 months together, the players confirmed on Thursday. "After three grand slam victories and 11 WTA doubles titles together, we have mutually agreed that we would each be open to playing with other players for the remainder of the season," the pair said in a statement. A former singles number one, Swiss Hingis partnered Indian Mirza for the first time at the Indian Wells Open last year and the self-styled "Santina" team went on to claim 14 titles, including wins at Wimbledon, and the U.S. and Australian Opens.
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Tennis - Federer returns to Hopman Cup after 15 years
Yahoo News - 7 months
- Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will play for Switzerland in the mixed-team Hopman Cup in Perth early next year, organisers said Thursday. The world No.3 will partner 16th-ranked Belinda Bencic in his first appearance in 15 years at an event that serves as a warm-up for the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open in Melbourne. Federer, 34, teamed with Martina Hingis to win the Hopman Cup in 2001 and also played the following year with his now wife Miroslava Vavrinec, better known as Mirka Federer.
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Tennis-This one I'll always remember, says forgetful Serena
Yahoo News - 8 months
By Martyn Herman LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) - Serena Williams' memory is not as powerful as her first serve these days, although with so many achievements to recall it would be churlish to hold that against the American great. "There's definitely some blurs between eight, nine and 10," the American who began her collection at the 1999 U.S. Open when beating Swiss Martina Hingis, told reporters. Williams won her 21st singles major a year ago by beating Spain's Garbine Muguruza at Wimbledon.
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Tennis - Paes, Hingis knocked out of Wimbledon by first timers
Yahoo News - 8 months
- Defending mixed doubles champions Leander Paes and Martina Hingis were knocked out of Wimbledon by Britain's Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen of Finland who were playing their first match together. Indian veteran Paes and Swiss star Hingis had completed the mixed doubles Grand Slam at the French Open last month after they had captured the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles in 2015.
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India's Paes set for seventh Games
Yahoo News - 9 months
Veteran Leander Paes, the winner of 18 grand slam titles, will make his seventh Olympic appearance after he was named as Rohan Bopanna's partner for the men's doubles by the All India Tennis Association on Saturday. Bopanna, ranked 10th in the world, had picked world number 125 Saketh Myneni as his preferred partner, putting in doubt the fate of Paes, who last week won the French Open mixed doubles title with Martina Hingis. "Committee decided that the best bet for Indian tennis to win a medal at the Olympics would be Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna," AITA chief Anil Khanna told reporters.
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Tennis-Hingis and Mirza lose chance to complete 'Santina Slam'
Yahoo News - 9 months
Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza lost their cool as their hopes of holding all four grand slam titles were dashed following a 6-3 6-2 defeat by Czech duo Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the third round of the French Open on Sunday. The Indo-Swiss team dubbed "Santina" were hoping to win four majors in a row after following up last year's Wimbledon and U.S. Open triumphs with victory in January's Australian Open. Hingis and Mirza were left fuming at the umpire after a call went against them as they trailed 4-1 in the second set.
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Hingis, Bencic Picked to Lead Swiss in Fed Cup Semifinal
NYTimes - 11 months
Martina Hingis has been picked for Switzerland's team for a Fed Cup semifinal against the defending champion Czech Republic, 18 years after leading the team to its previous final appearance.
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Russian duo halt doubles win streak of Hingis-Mirza - about 1 year
(Reuters) - Top ranked women's doubles pair Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza had their 41-match winning streak halted on Thursday after they were beaten in the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open.
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Bencic, Hingis Help Switzerland Beat Germany 3-2 in Fed Cup
NYTimes - about 1 year
Belinda Bencic and Australian Open doubles champion Martina Hingis sent Switzerland to the Fed Cup semifinals with a 3-2 win over Germany on Sunday.
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Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza Win Women’s Doubles Title in Australia
NYTimes - about 1 year
Hingis and Mirza, who became a pairing last March, have won 36 matches in a row and now have three Grand Slam titles together.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Martina Hingis
  • 2016
    Age 35
    Hingis qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, 20 years after her last Olympic appearance.
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    The Hingis-Mirza winning-streak record of 41 matches ended in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Qatar Total Open, where they lost to Kasatkina/Vesnina.
    More Details Hide Details Hingis and Mirza then proceeded to the BNP Paribas Open to defend their title. However, they suffered a shock as the unseeded Vania King/Alla Kudryavtseva defeated them in straight sets, 7-6(7), 6-4. At the Miami Open, Mirza and Hingis lost in the second round to Margarita Gasparyan and Monica Niculescu. Hingis and Mirza started their clay season by reaching the finals of Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and Mutua Madrid Open, where they lost to Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia in both the tournaments. However, they won the Italian Open, defeating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. At the French Open, they were upset by Czech pair Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková in the third round, which ended their 20 match winning streak in Grand Slam doubles tournaments. Hingis won the French Open mixed doubles partnering Leander Paes. It is her first mixed doubles title at Roland Garros, and she completed the mixed doubles Career Grand Slam, becoming only the fourth woman ever to complete a career grand slam in both women's doubles and mixed doubles.
    During her comeback, Hingis also won all four Grand Slam mixed doubles tournaments alongside Leander Paes and a silver medal partnering Timea Bacsinszky at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
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    In addition, she has won the season-ending WTA Championships two times in singles and three times in doubles and is an Olympic medalist, winning silver in women's doubles at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
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  • 2015
    Age 34
    After two semifinal losses in Toronto and Cincinnati, Hingis won the mixed doubles title at the 2015 US Open on September 12, partnering Leander Paes, defeating Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in three sets.
    More Details Hide Details The following day, Hingis and Mirza beat Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets to win the doubles tournament. At the WTA Finals, they won all their group matches, including against Kops-Jones/Spears, Hlavackova/Hradecka and Babos/Mladenovic. In the semifinals they beat the Chan sisters, and then they beat the Spanish team Muguruza/Suarez Navarro to win the title. That month Hingis participated at the Champions Tennis League in India, playing for the Hyderabad Aces team. In January, Hingis and Mirza won at Brisbane and Sydney. They then won the doubles tournament at the 2016 Australian Open, defeating Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká in the final, for their third consecutive Grand Slam title. Afterwards, Hingis said of their partnership: "There's not that many people who can match her in the forehand rallies and me on the backhand side and at the net. That's what we try to do every match." In mixed doubles, Hingis and Paes lost in the quarterfinals to Mirza and Ivan Dodig.
    On July 11, 2015, Hingis and Mirza beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in three tight sets recovering from 5–2 down in the third to win the women's doubles tournament at Wimbledon.
    More Details Hide Details The win gave Hingis her first Grand Slam in women's doubles since the 2002 Australian Open. The following day, Hingis then won the mixed doubles final partnering with Leander Paes to defeat Alexander Peya and Tímea Babos in straight sets.
    After early exits with Pennetta at the Dubai Tennis Championships and Qatar Ladies Open, Hingis then partnered with Indian player Sania Mirza; they won the first 20 sets they contested, subsequently winning back-to-back titles in two WTA Premier Mandatory events: the 2015 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the 2015 Miami Open, also winning afterwise the 2015 Family Circle Cup. They were defeated in the first round in Stuttgart. At the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open they lost in the quarterfinals to Australian Open champions Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Šafářová 11-9 in the super tie-break.
    More Details Hide Details They reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 French Open, losing again to Mattek-Sands and Šafářová, this time in straight sets. Hingis made a comeback in Fed Cup after a 17-year absence. She was scheduled to play doubles only, but then decided to try another comeback in singles by playing in the Fed Cup tie for Switzerland. She drew Agnieszka Radwańska in the first rubber and was defeated in two sets in her first official tour match since 2007. She lost her second singles rubber too, defeated by Urszula Radwańska in three sets, having been a set and a double break up.
    Hingis played at the 2015 Australian Open with Flavia Pennetta, as the fourth seeds, but lost in the third round.
    More Details Hide Details However, Hingis paired with Leander Paes in the mixed doubles to win the title. The win was her first in a Grand Slam event since capturing the mixed doubles crown at the 2006 Australian Open.
    Together they won three consecutive Grand Slam titles: the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, the 2015 US Open, and the 2016 Australian Open.
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  • 2014
    Age 33
    Entering as an unseeded team at the 2014 US Open, Hingis and Pennetta reached the final, without losing a set in any of their matches.
    More Details Hide Details In the final they lost to Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in three sets. At the latter end of the season, Hingis and Flavia Pennetta won two titles. At the tournament in Wuhan, they beat Cara Black and Caroline Garcia to take the title; in Moscow they beat Caroline Garcia and Arantxa Parra Santonja. In Hingis' first tournament of the year in Brisbane, she and partner Sabine Lisicki didn't drop a set en route to the title, beating Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik in straight sets in the final.
    Hingis reached the final at Eastbourne with Flavia Pennetta where they lost to Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan. At the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, she reached the quarter-finals with partner Bruno Soares in mixed doubles, where they lost to Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets.
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    At the 2014 Sony Open Tennis in Miami, Hingis and Lisicki reached the finals of the tournament and then defeated Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in straight sets, marking Hingis' first title since she won the Qatar Ladies Open in 2007 and her first Premier Mandatory doubles title since winning the 2001 title in Moscow.
    More Details Hide Details This was also her third win in Miami, having won her last title there in 1999.
    Hingis helped Sabine Lisicki during the 2014 Australian Open.
    More Details Hide Details She participated in Champions Tennis League India to boost tennis in the country. Hingis returned to the WTA Tour at Indian Wells, partnering Sabine Lisicki in the doubles. They lost in the first round to 3-time Grand Slam finalists Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.
  • 2013
    Age 32
    Hingis won the Ladies' Invitation Doubles for a third year in a row at Wimbledon, again with Davenport. They beat Jana Novotná and Barbara Schett in the final. Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2013, and in the same month, announced that she was coming out of retirement to play a doubles tournament, with Daniela Hantuchová as her partner, in Carlsbad, California.
    More Details Hide Details She was accepted as a wildcard entry. She also played doubles in Toronto, Cincinnati, New Haven, and the US Open.
    In April 2013 Hingis agreed to coach Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova; however, after a disagreement about how to prepare for tournaments they parted company in June.
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    In 2013, Hingis was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and was appointed two years later the organization's first ever Global Ambassador.
    More Details Hide Details Hingis was born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (now in Slovakia) as Martina Hingisová Molitor, to accomplished tennis players Melanie Molitorová and Karol Hingis. Molitorová was a professional tennis player who was once ranked tenth among women in Czechoslovakia, and was determined to develop Hingis into a top player as early as pregnancy. Her father was ranked as high as nineteenth in the Czechoslovak tennis rankings. Martina Hingis spent her early childhood growing up in the town of Rožnov (now in Czech Republic).
  • 2012
    Age 31
    Hingis and Davenport successfully defended their Wimbledon Ladies' Invitation Doubles title in 2012, again beating Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotná in the final.
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  • 2011
    Age 30
    She also played for the New York Sportimes of the World TeamTennis Pro League in July 2011.
    More Details Hide Details She finished the season with the top winning percentage of any player competing in Women's Singles.
    On 5 June 2011, Hingis, paired with Lindsay Davenport, won the Roland Garros Women's Legends title, defeating Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotná in the final.
    More Details Hide Details Before facing Navratilova/Novotná, Hingis and Davenport won two round robin matches in the tournament: first against Gigi Fernández / Natasha Zvereva, and then in the next match they prevailed over Andrea Temesvári / Sandrine Testud and 10:0 in the Super tie-break. On 3 July, Hingis partnering Lindsay Davenport won the Wimbledon Ladies' Invitation Doubles title, defeating Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotná in the final.
  • 2010
    Age 29
    On 10 December 2010, in Paris, Hingis married then-24-year-old Thibault Hutin, a French equestrian show jumper she had met at a competition the previous April.
    More Details Hide Details On 8 July 2013, Hingis told the Swiss newspaper Schweizer Illustrierte the pair had been separated since the beginning of the year. Hingis speaks five languages: Swiss German, Standard German, Czech, English and French.
    Hingis also confirmed that she would play at the Tradition-ICAP Liverpool International championship in June 2010, preceding Wimbledon, before playing in the Manchester Masters after Wimbledon.
    More Details Hide Details Liverpool like the Nottingham and Manchester Masters are organised by her management company Northern Vision. At the Nottingham Masters, Hingis faced Michaëlla Krajicek (twice), Olga Savchuk and Monika Wejnert. Hingis won just once in the event, against Wejnert. After the Nottingham event Billie Jean King stated that she believed that Hingis may return to the WTA Tour on the doubles circuit, after competing in the WTT.
    On 5 May 2010, it was announced that Hingis would reunite with her doubles partner Anna Kournikova.
    More Details Hide Details Kournikova was participating in competitive tennis for the first time in seven years, in the Invitational Ladies Doubles event at Wimbledon.
    In February, she announced having committed to a full season with the World TeamTennis Tour in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details She had previously played for World Team Tennis in 2005 to assist her first comeback. Sparking thoughts that she was trying to come back to the WTA tour, she committed to playing at the Nottingham Masters.
    At the start of 2010, Hingis defeated former world number one Lindsay Davenport, and hinted at a possible return to tennis.
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  • 2009
    Age 28
    In 2009, Hingis took part in the British television dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing.
    More Details Hide Details She was the bookies' favourite for the competition, but went out in the first week after performing a waltz and a rumba.
  • 2007
    Age 26
    In November 2007, Hingis called a press conference to announce that she was under investigation for testing positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, during a urine test taken by players at Wimbledon.
    More Details Hide Details Hingis' urine sample contained an estimated 42 nanograms per millilitre of benzoylecgonine, less than half the level required for a positive confirmatory test for cocaine in the workplace under the United States government Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration guidelines. The International Tennis Federation's report on the matter mentions that "the very low estimated concentration of benzoylecgonine (42 ng/ml) was such that it would go unreported in many drug testing programmes such as that of the US military, which uses a screening threshold of 150 ng/ml." As the amount was so minute, Hingis appealed, arguing the likely cause was contamination rather than intentional ingestion. In January 2008, the International Tennis Federation's tribunal suspended Hingis from the sport for two years, effective from October 2007.
    She retired in November 2007, following months of injuries and a positive test for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, during the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, which led to a two-year suspension from the sport.
    More Details Hide Details In July 2013, Hingis came out of retirement to play the North American hard-court season, partnering Daniela Hantuchová. After achieving moderate success in 2014 playing with Sabine Lisicki and Flavia Pennetta, she partnered with Sania Mirza in March 2015.
    She was briefly engaged to Czech tennis player Radek Štěpánek, but split up with him in August 2007.
    More Details Hide Details She dated former tennis players Ivo Heuberger and Julian Alonso.
    Having retired for the second time in 2007, Hingis played an exhibition match at the Liverpool International tournament on 13 June 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Although this event was a warm-up for Wimbledon, it was not part of the WTA Tour. In a rematch of their 1997 Wimbledon final, Hingis defeated Jana Novotná.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    Hingis also ranked as number 7 on the Annual Top Google News Searches in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details At the Australian Open, Hingis won her first three rounds without losing a set before defeating China's Li Na in the fourth round. Hingis then lost a quarterfinal match to Kim Clijsters. This was the second consecutive year that Hingis had lost to Clijsters in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and the third time in the last five Grand Slam tournaments that Clijsters had eliminated Hingis in the quarterfinals. Hingis won her next tournament, the Tier I Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, defeating Ana Ivanovic in the final. This was Hingis's record fifth singles title at this event. A hip injury that troubled her at the German Open caused her to withdraw from the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, where she was the defending champion, and the French Open, the only important singles title that eluded her. In her first round match at Wimbledon, Hingis saved two match points to defeat British wildcard Naomi Cavaday, apparently not having fully recovered from the hip injury that prevented her from playing the French Open. In the third round, Hingis lost to Laura Granville of the United States, and stated afterwards she should not have entered the tournament.
    With these promising results behind her, Hingis announced on 29 November her return to the WTA Tour in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details At the Australian Open, Hingis lost in the quarterfinals to second-seeded Kim Clijsters. However, Hingis won the mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi of India. This was her first career Grand Slam mixed doubles title and fifteenth overall (5 singles, 9 women's doubles, 1 mixed doubles). The week after the Australian Open, Hingis defeated World No. 4 Maria Sharapova in the semifinals of the Tier I Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo before losing in the final to World No. 9 Elena Dementieva. Hingis competed in Dubai then, reaching the quarter-finals before falling to Sharapova. At the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Hingis defeated World No. 4 Lindsay Davenport in the fourth round before again losing to Sharapova in the semifinals. At the Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, Hingis posted her 500th career singles match victory in the quarterfinals, beating World No. 18 Flavia Pennetta, and subsequently won the tournament with wins over Venus Williams in the semifinals and Dinara Safina in the final. This was her 41st Women's Tennis Association tour singles title and first in more than four years. Hingis then reached the quarterfinals of the French Open before losing to Kim Clijsters.
  • 2005
    Age 24
    In February 2005, Hingis made an unsuccessful return to competition at an event in Pattaya, Thailand, where she lost to Germany's Marlene Weingärtner in the first round.
    More Details Hide Details After the loss, she claimed that she had no further plans for a comeback. Hingis, however, resurfaced in July, playing singles, doubles, and mixed doubles in World Team Tennis and notching up singles victories over two top 100 players and shutting out Martina Navratilova in singles on 7 July.
    In 2005, Tennis magazine put her in 22nd place in its list of 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS era.
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  • 2003
    Age 22
    In February 2003, at the age of 22, Hingis announced her retirement from tennis, due to her injuries and being in pain. "I want to play tennis only for fun and concentrate more on horse riding and finish my studies."
    More Details Hide Details In several interviews, she indicated she wanted to go back to her country and coach full-time. During this segment of her tennis career, Hingis won 40 singles titles and 36 doubles events. She held the World No. 1 singles ranking for a total of 209 weeks (fifth most following Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova (after whom she was named), Chris Evert, and Serena Williams).
  • 2002
    Age 21
    In May 2002, she needed another ankle ligament operation, this time on her left ankle.
    More Details Hide Details After that, she continued to struggle with injuries and was not able to recapture her best form.
    Coming back from injury, Hingis won the Australian Open doubles final at the start of 2002 (again teaming with Anna Kournikova) and reached a sixth straight Australian Open final in singles, again facing Capriati.
    More Details Hide Details Hingis led by a set and 4–0 and had four match points but lost in three sets.
    Hingis set a series of "youngest-ever" records, including youngest-ever Grand Slam champion and youngest-ever world No. 1, before ligament injuries in both ankles forced her to withdraw temporarily from professional tennis in 2002, at the age of 22.
    More Details Hide Details She had won 40 singles titles and 36 doubles titles up until that point, and, according to Forbes, had been the highest-paid female athlete in the world for five consecutive years, 1997 to 2001. After several surgeries and long recuperations, Hingis returned to the WTA tour in 2006, climbing to world No. 6 and winning three singles titles, and also receiving the Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year.
  • 2001
    Age 20
    She sued the company in 2001, demanding $40 million for making allegedly defective shoes that injured her feet.
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    She lost her No. 1 ranking for the last time (to Jennifer Capriati) on 14 October 2001.
    More Details Hide Details In that same month, Hingis underwent surgery on her right ankle.
    She briefly ended her coaching relationship with her mother Melanie early in the year but had a change of heart two months later just before the French Open. 2001 was her least successful year in several seasons, with only three tournament victories in total.
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    Hingis reached her fifth consecutive Australian Open final in 2001, defeating both of the Williams sisters en route, before losing to Jennifer Capriati.
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    In 2001, Switzerland, with Hingis and Roger Federer on its team, won the Hopman Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Hingis was undefeated in singles during the event, defeating Tamarine Tanasugarn, Nicole Pratt, Amanda Coetzer, and Monica Seles.
  • 2000
    Age 19
    In 2000, Hingis dated Swedish tennis player Magnus Norman and Spanish golfer Sergio García.
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    In 2000, Hingis again found herself in both the singles and doubles finals at the Australian Open.
    More Details Hide Details This time, however, she lost both. Her three-year hold on the singles championship ended when she lost to Davenport. Later, Hingis and Mary Pierce, her new doubles partner, lost to Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs. Hingis captured the French Open women's doubles title with Pierce and produced consistent results in singles tournaments throughout the year. She reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before losing to Venus Williams. Although she did not win a Grand Slam singles tournament, she kept the year end No. 1 ranking because of nine tournament championships, including the WTA Tour Championships where she won the singles and doubles titles.
  • 1999
    Age 18
    1999 saw Hingis win her third successive Australian Open singles crown as well as the doubles title (with Anna Kournikova).
    More Details Hide Details She had dropped her former doubles partner Jana Novotná. She then reached the French Open final and was three points away from victory in the second set before losing to Steffi Graf about whom she had said before: "Steffi had some results in the past, but it's a faster, more athletic game now... She is old now. Her time has passed." She broke into tears after a game in which the crowd had booed her for using underhand serves and crossing the line in a discussion about an umpire decision. After a shock first-round, straight set, loss to Jelena Dokić at Wimbledon, Hingis bounced back to reach her third consecutive US Open final, where she lost to 17-year-old Serena Williams. Hingis won a total of seven singles titles that year and reclaimed the No. 1 singles ranking. She also reached the final of the WTA Tour Championships, where she lost to Lindsay Davenport.
  • 1998
    Age 17
    Davenport ended an 80-week stretch Hingis had enjoyed as the No. 1 singles player in October 1998, but Hingis finished the year by beating Davenport in the final of the WTA Tour Championships.
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    In 1998, Hingis won all four of the Grand Slam women's doubles titles, only the fourth in women's tennis history to do so, (the Australian Open with Mirjana Lučić and the other three events with Novotná), and she became only the third woman to hold the No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles simultaneously.
    More Details Hide Details She also retained her Australian Open singles title by beating Conchita Martínez in straight sets in the final. Hingis, however, lost in the final of the US Open to Lindsay Davenport.
    In 1998 already she suffered a foot injury, and she withdrew from the Wimbledon doubles competition in 1999; Hingis alleged that a Tacchini-appointed specialist recommended her shoes be changed, a recommendation which was ignored by the company, which had fired her as spokeswoman in April 1999 due to an alleged breach of contract.
    More Details Hide Details She was then sponsored by Adidas from 1999 until 2008. Hingis's current on-court apparel is manufactured by Tonic Lifestyle Apparel; having her own clothing line, Tonic by Martina Hingis. She is sponsored by Yonex for racquets and shoes.
  • 1997
    Age 16
    The only Grand Slam singles title that Hingis failed to win in 1997 was the French Open, where she lost in the final to Iva Majoli.
    More Details Hide Details She won the Australian Open women's doubles with Natasha Zvereva.
    In 1997, Hingis became the undisputed World No. 1 women's tennis player.
    More Details Hide Details She started the year by winning the warm-up tournament in Sydney. She then became the youngest Grand Slam singles winner in the 20th century by winning the Australian Open at age 16 years and 3 months (beating former champion Mary Pierce in the final). In March, she became the youngest top ranked player in history. In July, she became the youngest singles champion at Wimbledon since Lottie Dod in 1887 by beating Jana Novotná in the final. She then defeated another up-and-coming player, Venus Williams, in the final of the US Open.
  • 1996
    Age 15
    She reached the singles quarterfinals at the 1996 Australian Open and the singles semifinals of the 1996 US Open.
    More Details Hide Details Following her win at Filderstadt, Hingis defeated the reigning Australian Open champion and co-top ranked (with Steffi Graf) Monica Seles in the final at Oakland. Hingis then lost to Graf at the year-end WTA Tour Championships final.
    In 1996, Hingis became the youngest Grand Slam champion of all time, when she teamed with Helena Suková at Wimbledon to win the women's doubles title at age 15 years and 9 months.
    More Details Hide Details She also won her first professional singles title that year at Filderstadt, Germany.
  • 1994
    Age 13
    She made her WTA debut in October 1994, two weeks after her 14th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details She ended the year ranked World no. 87.
    In 1994, she retained her French Open junior title, won the girls' singles title at Wimbledon, and reached the final of the US Open.
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  • 1993
    Age 12
    Hingis began playing tennis when she was two years old and entered her first tournament at age four. In 1993, 12-year-old Hingis became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam junior title: the girls' singles at the French Open.
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  • 1987
    Age 6
    Hingis's parents divorced when she was six, and she and her mother defected from Czechoslovakia in 1987 and emigrated to Trübbach (Wartau) in Switzerland when she was seven.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother remarried to a Swiss man, Andreas Zogg, a computer technician. Martina Hingis acquired Swiss citizenship through naturalization.
  • 1980
    Born on September 30, 1980.
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