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Hingis, Martina

Born: 1980 AD
Currently alive, at 41 years of age.
Nationality: Swiss
Categories: Tennis Player

1980 – She was born on the 30th day of September this year in Košice, Czechoslovakia to two accomplished tennis players: a Czech mother, Melanie Molitorová, and a Slovak father, Karol Hingis. Molitorová once ranked No. 10 among women in Czechoslovakia.


1993 – 12-year-old Hingis became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam junior title: the girls’ singles at the French Open.


1994 – She retained her French Open junior title, won the girls’ singles title at Wimbledon. She was ranked the World No. 1 junior player. She made her professional debut in October 1994, two weeks after her 14th birthday.


1995 – She became the youngest player to win a match at a Grand Slam tournament when she advanced to the second round of the Australian Open.


1996 – She became the youngest Wimbledon champion when she teamed with Helena Suková to win the women’s doubles title at age 15 years and 9 months. She also won her first professional singles title that year at Filderstadt, Germany. . She reached the singles quarterfinals at the 1996 Australian Open and the singles semifinals of the 1996 U.S. Open.


1997 – Hingis’s best year was this year, when she was the undisputed world No. 1 women’s tennis player. She started the year by winning the 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.


1998 – She has also won nine Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, winning a calendar year Grand Slam in 1998, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title.


1999 – Saw her win her third successive Australian Open singles crown as well as the doubles title (with teammate Anna Kournikova). She then reached the French Open final and was three points away from victory in the second set against Steffi Graf, but ended up losing 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. During the match, she had infuriated an already partisan crowd (the reason had been Hingis statements before the match – see under Controversy) by arguing with the umpire over several line calls.


2000 – She again found herself in both the singles and doubles finals at the Australian Open. This time, however, she lost both. Her three-year hold on the singles championship ended when she lost to Davenport 6-1, 7-5. Later, Hingis and Pierce, her new doubles partner, lost to Lisa Raymond and Renee Stubbs.


2001 – In Switzerland, she and Roger Federer on its team won the Hopman Cup. Hingis was undefeated in singles during the event, defeating Tamarine Tanasugarn, Nicole Pratt, Amanda Coetzer, and Monica Seles. Hingis reached her fifth consecutive Australian Open final in this year, where she lost to Jennifer Capriati 6-4, 6-3.


2002 – In May of this year, she needed another ankle ligament operation, this time on her left ankle. After that, she continued to struggle with injuries and was not able to recapture her best form.


2003 – At the age of 22, Hingis announced her retirement from tennis. In several interviews, she indicated she was attending an advanced English course at AKAD in Zürich to broaden her career opportunities.


2005 – On the 29th day of November of this year, after several surgeries and long recuperations, the 25-year-old Hingis announced that she would return to the WTA tour, starting her professional comeback at a low-key tournament in Gold Coast, Australia in January 2006.


2006 – On the 19th day of May of this year, she posted her 500th career singles match victory in the quarterfinals of the Tier I Italian Open in Rome, beating top 20 player Flavia Pennetta, and two days later won the tournament.
Her Grand Slam comeback debut was at the 2006 Australian Open, where she reached the quarterfinals before losing to Kim Clijsters, the second seed.


2007 – She started this year by reaching the final of a Tier III event, the Australian Hardcourt Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, losing to Dinara Safina of Russia 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. The next week at the Medibank International in Sydney, Hingis lost her first round match to Jelena Jankovi in three sets.


2007 – At the 2007 Australian Open, Hingis won her first three rounds without losing a set before defeating China’s Na Li in the fourth round. She then lost a quarterfinal match to Kim Clijsters. This was the second consecutive year that she 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.
Her next tournament was the Qatar Telecom German Open, where she fell in the third round to compatriot Patty Schnyder. A hip injury that troubled her at the German Open, where she was the defending champion, and the French Open, the only Grand Slam singles title that has eluded her.