Martina Hingis vaulted to the top of women’s tennis in 1997 by winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the United States Open. After her victory in Australia, the Slovakian-born star became the youngest competitor ever to receive the world number-one ranking from the Women’s Tennis Association.
Martina Hingis, born in 1980, Slovakian-born Swiss tennis player, the youngest player to be ranked number one by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). She achieved the ranking after winning the Australian Open in January 1997 at the age of 16 years and 5 months.
Named after tennis great Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis was born in Košice, Slovakia. She began playing tennis at age three under the guidance of her mother, a former national tennis champion. At age five Hingis moved with her mother to Switzerland; eight years later she became the 1993 Swiss Open champion. That same year the right-handed Hingis won the Roland Garros Junior Tournament, the junior championship affiliated with the French Open.
In 1994 Hingis secured a second victory at Roland Garros and a victory at the Wimbledon Junior Tournament, using a mix of power and excellent shot selection. She began playing professionally in October 1994, ranked 399th by the WTA. In January 1996 Hingis jumped into the top 15 after reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Six months later, teamed with partner Helena Sukova of the Czech Republic, she captured the 1996 Wimbledon women’s doubles title and became the youngest person to win a major championship event at that tournament. Hingis dominated women’s tennis in 1997. She won the Australian Open, earning the number-one ranking from the WTA, and later triumphed at Wimbledon and the United States Open. Hingis repeated as Australian Open champion in 1998 and 1999.
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