Martina Hingis is a tennis player, born September 30, 1980 in Kosice, Czechoslovakia. Hingis was born to accomplished tennis players, her parents. Her Czech mother, Melanie Molitorova was a professional tennis player, who then ranked tenth among women in Czechoslovakia, her Hungarian father ranked as high as nineteenth in the Czechoslovakian tennis ranking. She was named after tennis legend, Martina Navratilova.
Hingis tennis life began at the age of two years old; she entered her first tournament at age four. It was in 1992, with then a 12 year old Hingis became the youngest player to win Grand Slam junior titles, at the French Open. She then retained her title in 1994 at the French Open, won the girls’ singles title in Wimbledon and reached the final of the US open.
Over the succeeding years Hingis has won different titles from different opens. She spent a total of 209 weeks as World No. 1. She has won five Grand Slam singles titles (one US open, one Wimbledon, and three from the Australian Open. She has also won nine Grand Slam women’s doubles title, she won a calendar year Grand Slam in 1998, and one grand Slam in the mixed doubles titles.
Hingis took a temporary hiatus from tennis after her injuries. After coming back in 2006, Hingis proved that her fire hasn’t fizzled, but after results of her using cocaine tested positive she was banned from tennis for two years. Hingis has stated that she will no longer return to professional tennis even though the ban expires.
Hingis did lay low for a couple of years, at the start of 2010, Hingis came back with a bang by defeating the former No. 1 player, Lindsay Davenport. Hingis came back for 2010 and even reunited with her former doubles partner Anna Kournikova. However, at the end of the year, despite talks of Hingis fully returning to the WTA Tour, she expressed that she already had her comeback before and it was fun. Still, Hingis was seen playing in 2011 together with Lindsay Davenport and even went on to win the Wimbledon Ladies’ Invitation Doubles against Novotna and Navratilova.