Hingis had so many opportunities to win this tournament throughout her career. Which was the most heartbreaking display of Legend watching the career slam slip through her fingers?
1997: l. in finals to Majoli 4-6 2-6
One of the biggest and most inexplicable upsets in a Grand Slam final ever. As a Hingis stan I'd like to blame this on the horseback riding accident, but the bitch had won 6 matches in a row going into this. She had played close matches against Majoli in the past, so maybe this just wasn't a good matchup for her. Still shouldn't have lost.
1998: l. in semifinals to Seles 3-6 2-6
Awaiting Martinochka in the final was Arantxa Sanchez, against whom she held an 18-2 H2H (and at that point in their careers it was 5-1). Hingis might as well have walked Sanchez out onto Philippe Chatrier on a leash. But oops, she had to beat past-her-prime Grandmanica in the semifinals. Not that losing a 9-time slam champion and 90's GOAT (
) is anything to be ashamed of, but Hingis was a nightmare matchup for Seles throughout her entire career (H2H 15-5).
1999: l. in finals to Graf 6-4 5-7 2-6
Speaking of past-their-prime grandmas, Hingis had this match won in the second and then the brat done lost her damn mind. Serving underhand? This match was Karma d. Hingis.
2000: l. in semifinals to Pierce 4-6 7-5 2-6
Legend would have faced one of her biggest punching bags ever, Conchita Martinez (16 consecutive sets won against her going into this match), in the final. I know how hard this forum likes to fap over Peak Pierce, but Pierce is nowhere near as distinguished a player as Seles or Graf (or Hingis). She should've won this match, especially after coming back in the second and claiming the momentum. Chichi wouldn't have stood a chance in the final.
2001: l. in semifinals to Capriati 4-6 3-6
Hingis had already made herself Capriati's bitch by this point, so no one is shocked, but this would've been the surest victory in the finals of all. Clijsters did everything in her power to lose the match against Capriati, and it's hard to believe things would've gone differently against an even more legendary opponent.