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This time 10 years ago...

... a 16-year old Swiss was on the brink of greatness.



She had lost to Steffi Graf, one of the all time greats in the semi finals of the US Open after defeating Sanchez-Vicario and Novotna in the prevoius rounds.

A few weeks later, she pushed Steffi to 5 sets in final of the year end Championships.

Then came 1997, and she won the first tournament of the year she played (Sydney), defeating Capriati in the final.

Then the Australian Open, and the 4th ranked Hingis tore through the field winning the tournament without losing a set. She was to become the youngest player in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam (to this day holds this record). Hingis certainly didn't lack confidence, stating in her victory speech that she would have played mixed doubles but that she should let someone else win (she won the women's doubles with Zvereva).



Hingis also won the Pan Pacific Open after a walkover in the final (she was to play Graf).

Hingis became the youngest #1 in the Open Era, when on 31 March, she was on top of the women's tennis ladder, at 16 years and 6 months.

Weeks later, she won the Paris indoors, defeating Huber in the final.

Hingis only lost 3 games to Seles in the final in Miami and defeated her once again in the final of Hilton Head (this time in 3 sets). Weeks prior to the French Open, Hingis fell off her horse lost to Iva Majoli in the final, after defeating Sanchez-Vicario and Seles in the 2 prior rounds.

Her next tournament, and it was Wimbledon. A much hyped semi final showdown with Kournikova turned into a one-sided affair as Hingis won it 3 and 2. After looking out of it in the first set, Hingis adjusted to the net play of Novotna in the final and won the most lucrative tennis tournament.



Hingis went on to win Stanford and San Diego, defeating Martinez and Seles in the finals.

On to the US Open, and Hingis scored wins over Sanchez-Vicario and Davenport in the quarter final and semi (both in straight sets). She took on the emerging star Venus Williams in the final and completely outclassed her, taking it 0 and 4.



Hingis went on to win Filderstadt (defeating Lisa Raymond in the final) and weeks later, won Philadelphia (defeating Davenport).

Hingis won 12 tournaments in 1997. She ended the year with a 75-5 win/loss record, equating to a .938 percentage (better than anyone in the 90's).

She began the 1997 season with 37 straight wins (equalling Navratilova and only behind Graf).


Ok, so i'm a bit bored and with 2007 just around the corner, it seems like a lifetime ago since Hingis burst onto the scene. Her talent was incredible back then, and combined with unsurpassed confidence, she was deadly. The backhand down the line, anticipation and all court play were all great assets she utilised brilliantly to tear through the field in 1997.

I for one, would love nothing more than to see her achieve Slam success once again, and while i concede it will be tough and the top of the women's game is strong at the moment, i still think she can do it. I hope she does it in her 10 year anniversary since she made a name for herself in the tennis world.



GO MARTI IN 2007.

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Go Martina!! Trust yourself!
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Going back down memory lane bout Martina is just incredible. Can't believe what a dominant force she was back in 1997 & nothing more than winning a slam for martina in the 2nd part of her career would sure bring her great joy & satisfaction.

Go Martina in 2007
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can't believe its already 10 years,i grew up with Marti!

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her win in Aussie Open 97 was when I started following tennins.
When she retired, i barely followed, untill this YEAR.

I just hope she wins a slam in 07

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I can't wait for the year to start, and I think Martina is going to have a great year.

She played so well at the YEC and has proven she's still got game, I think she has a real shot at the AO in 07.
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jana losing that one :headbang: :hugecry:

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That was a great year
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post #9 of 79 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 2006, 04:19 PM
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I don't even like Hingis and I'm hoping she wins a Slam next year. Well, really just the French, since I know that's the one trophy she's missing. And I'll take Hingis winning it over J2H. Three times is plenty, Justine.
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:-) Yayness.
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... a 16-year old Swiss was on the brink of greatness.



She had lost to Steffi Graf, one of the all time greats in the semi finals of the US Open after defeating Lindsay Davenport 6-3 in the third in a quality quarter final.
I thought it was Novotna she defeated in the 1996 U.S Open quarter-final, in straight sets? I'm sure I remember hearing it on the radio. She defeated Sanchez-Vicario in the last 16.

Hingis was indeed a phenomenal prospect at that time. It's a pity Graf was injured in 1997, otherwise we would have seen some great battles.

Looking back, though, I do think that people were waiting for another Graf, Seles or Navratilova to come along and take over the women's game. Hingis had seemed the obvious candidate at that point for two years. There was an assumption that she was "the next". The reality, however, was that she was not quite the phenomenon that those players prior to her had been. A great player, nonetheless.

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post #12 of 79 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 2006, 05:33 PM
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I give Hingis a FO, if Jusine gets a Wimbledon-lol!!
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I thought it was Novotna she defeated in the 1996 U.S Open quarter-final, in straight sets? I'm sure I remember hearing it on the radio. She defeated Sanchez-Vicario in the last 16.
You're right; Hingis defeated Sanchez-Vicario in three sets in the fourth round and Novotna in straight sets in the quarters before losing to Graf in a tight semifinal that was a lot closer than the scoreline might suggest.

Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)

"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)
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Very cool! Can't believe that was 10 yrs ago though

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1997 was the best year in women's tennis for me. majoli won rg in singles and lucic turned pro, winning her first nine matches (including a top10 win)

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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