In her first year thereafter she also had the distinction of becoming the youngest women’s Grand Slam singles titleholder in the 20th century, after achieving her Tennis Australian Open victory, which earned her a double crown as the youngest ever woman to be ranked world number one, in the process she edged out Steffi Graf that suffered from injury.
Hingis continued on her career success tour by winning both the US Open and Wimbledon women’s singles championships in that same year, she returned to defend her Australian women’s singles title in 1998 & 99.
Due to an unfortunate series of injuries she was forced to retire in 2003, and in 2014 she again went into retirement after allegations accusing her of drug abuse, in 2013 she once again made a successful return to tennis with her brilliant doubles play.
Credit: Galina Barskaya / Martina’s professional tennis debut occurred just after her 14th birthday and by age 15 years and nine months she and Helena Sukova paired up and took home top honours by winning the 1996 women’s Wimbledon doubles crown, this achievement earned her the title as the youngest ever women’s Grand Slam doubles champion.
A spate of injuries forced an early temporary retirement during 2003; however, she returned with a vengeance in 2006 where she won another mixed doubles crown at the Tennis Australian Open, and followed that up with an Italian Open victory.
DOUBLES Winner (55): 2016 - Brisbane, Sydney, Australian Open, St.In the latter part of 2007 Martina made the announcement that she was the subject of an investigation after returning positive tests for cocaine at that year’s Wimbledon.Despite maintaining her claim of innocence the Swiss star made the decision to retire for a second time rather than to continue fighting the charge allegations.- Underwent left ankle surgery on May 20, 2002 to repair four ligaments (one torn and three loose), missing Roland Garros and Wimbledon that year (her first Grand Slam absences since turning pro in 1994); withdrew from last three events of year due to continued pain in left ankle, citing premature return from surgery; missed 20 seasons as part of indefinite break; played one event in 2005 (at Pattaya City; as unranked WC, l.1r); on November 29, 2005, announced full-scale return in 2006; impressive comeback season, winning two more singles titles, one more doubles title and first Grand Slam mixed doubles title, also notching five Top 10 wins and working her way back to No.6 in the world (and qualifying for WTA Finals); also strong start to 2007, winning 43rd WTA title at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], but struggled with injury during remainder of sophomore comeback season (particularly left hip), losing early at last Grand Slam (US Open) and last event (Beijing), withdrawing from Stuttgart and Zürich and ultimately announcing re-retirement on November 1, 2007.
MIXED DOUBLES Winner (5): 2016 - Roland Garros (w/Paes); 2015 - Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open (all w/Paes); 2006 - Australian Open (w/Bhupathi).