When the Australian Open proved to be a fruitful hunting ground for Martina Hingis, she showed her appreciation by making six appearances in the final, winning three consecutive titles from 1997 to 1999, and playing in a thrilling championship match in 2002.
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Youngest Woman To Win The Australian Open
Hingis, a tennis prodigy, was born Martina Navratilova Hingis on September 30, 1980 in Kosice, Slovakia. The Swiss Miss made her Grand Slam debut at the 1995 AO and became the youngest player ever to win a round at a Grand Slam tournament.
At the tender age of 15, she made the tournament’s quarterfinals in 1996, and the following year, having completed her apprenticeship, she entered the tournament as the tournament’s fourth seed and was determined to win it all.
Hingis, aged 16 years, 3 months, and 26 days of age, became the youngest player in the 20th century to win a major when she defeated Mary Pierce 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Australian Open in 1997. In 1998, Hingis came back as the No. 1 seed and defeated Conchita Martinez in 86 minutes, making her the youngest player in the Open era to successfully defend a Grand Slam title.
Hingis, then only 18 years old, won all three titles that year, and she and her friends toasted their success with champagne in the brightly coloured bathing boxes at Brighton Beach. Hingis’ three-year Open dominance was stunning, but she will be remembered most for her 2002 final versus Jennifer Capriati. The Swiss woman had a 4-0 lead in the second set and four match points before surrendering them all to Capriati.
Players Were Given Ten Minutes of Ice Vest Cooling Time After Tiring in The Stifling 52-Degree Heat.
Hingis gained a 2-1 lead in the third set, but the conditions took their toll and she lost the next two sets to lose the match gallantly (4-6, 7-6(7), 6-2). Hingis came back to Melbourne for the 2006 and 2007 tournaments after an injury-induced hiatus of three years and advanced to the quarterfinals both times.
She finished her singles career at Melbourne Park with a remarkable 52-7 win-loss record.
Hingis is still Active on The Circuit, Playing Doubles.
It had been 19 years since her maiden Australian Open women’s doubles victory and 14 years since she’d last won the title when she and Indian Sania Mirza won it in 2016. They won the 2017 US Open in doubles with her partner Chan Yung-jan, the last time any of them had a chance to win a major.
Hingis, who finished her career as the world’s best doubles player, announced her retirement after the WTA season-ending championships in Singapore.