Tennis Player, *1980
Martina Hingis made history on tennis courts around the world. At the age of only 16 she won the 1997 Australian Open singles championship, becoming the youngest ever No. 1 in world rankings that year. Born in Slovakia (then part of Czechoslovakia) as Martina Hingisová, she played her first tournament aged four and moved to St. Gallen in Switzerland at the age of eight. On the WTA circuit, she gained 43 titles in singles matches and 50 in doubles. Between 1997 and 2001, she was ranked No. 1 for 209 non-consecutive weeks. She holds five Grand Slam titles in singles, thirteen in doubles and seven in mixed doubles. Martina Hingis was World Champion many times, but her career was interrupted by several injuries. She withdrew from competition in 2003, making a short comeback in 2006 and 2007, and a comeback on the WTA circuit in doubles in 2013. She won silver at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and in 2017 she decided to bring her career as a professional tennis player to a close whilst at the top of her game in doubles.
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