Martina Hingis was born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), on 30th September, 1980.
Melanie Molitor was a capable tennis player herself.
* It is broadly accepted that it was her who hatched the plan to make her daughter a star she placed a sawn-off wooden racquet in little Martina's hand for the first time when she was just two.
* Martina and mother played tennis together for ten minutes a day at this time.
* By four She could already hit the ball back and forth 300 times.
* She entered her first tournament at four,
* By five, Martina was playing tennis for up to five hours a day
* by the time she was six, she could be beaten by no-one under the age of nine.
* when she was 6, she was the under-9 Czechoslovakian champion
* when she was 8, she was the under-12 outdoor champion of Switzerland.
* when she was 9, she was the under-14 indoor & outdoor champion of Switzerland.
* Martina first defeated her mother when she was ten years old,
* when she was 10, she was the under-14 Euorpean champion .
* when she was 10, she was the under-16 indoor & outdoor champion of Switzerland.
* when she was 11, she was the under-18 indoor & outdoor champion of Switzerland.
* when she was 12 she won the adult Swiss Open championship.
* 1993 when she was 12 she won the adult ITF Langenthal (SUI) championship.
* At age 12, became youngest-ever Grand Slam junior titlist at 1993 Roland Garros, replacing prior record-holder Jennifer Capriati;
* won 1994 Wimbledon and Roland Garros junior singles titles (becoming youngest Wimbledon junior champion at 13 years, 276 days)
* won 1994 Roland Garros junior doubles;
* was a finalist at 1994 U.S. Open juniors
* named 1994 International Tennis Federation Junior Girls Singles Champion;
* by the time she was 14, having left school, Martina was ready for professional tennis.
* 1995, became youngest female player in Open Era to win a singles match at the Australian Open at 14 years, four months
* 1995 TENNIS Magazine Female Rookie of the Year;
* 1995 Sanex WTA TOUR Most Impressive Newcomer Award;
* 1996 won ITF Prostejov (CZE) Futures at age 15
* Became youngest ever to win an adult title at Wimbledon by capturing the 1996 doubles title with Helena Sukova at 15 years, 282 days old,
* October 10, 1996 at 16 years, one month, 10 days, became
the youngest tennis player ever, man or woman, to earn $1 million in prize money;
* 1996 Sanex WTA TOUR Most Improved Player;
* Won first career Grand Slam singles title at the 1997 Australian Open, the youngest player in the Open Era (beginning in 1968) and in the 20th century to win a Grand Slam singles title at 16 years, 3 months, 26 days
* first Swiss woman to win a Grand Slam singles title
* Won 37 straight matches to start the 1997 season, the second-best start in the Open Era (behind Graf's 45 in 1987)
* 1997 first woman to win consecutive tournaments she's played on three continents
* On March 31, 1997 at the age of 16 years, 6 months and one day she became the youngest No. 1 player since the computer rankings started in 1975.
* By winning the 1997 U.S. Open, became second-youngest U.S. Championships winner at 16 years, 11 months and eight days (Tracy Austin was 16 years, nine months)
* final against 17-year-old Williams was the youngest Grand Slam final in Open Era
* one of six players (and one of three teens) to win three or more Grand Slam singles titles in a year in the Open Era (Graf, Court, Navratilova, King and Seles)
* 1997 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year
* 1997 Player of the Year by the Sanex WTA TOUR
and the International Tennis Federation and Tennis Magazine;
* in 1997, became first woman to earn over $3 million in prize money in one season
* During the 1998 Australian Open, became the youngest player to earn $5 million in career prize money at 17 years, four months;
* In June 1998, became the third woman in the Open Era to hold the No. 1 ranking in singles and doubles simultaneously (joining Navratilova and Sanchez-Vicario; Davenport later became the fourth)
* Youngest player in the Open Era to win 18 singles titles at 17 years, seven months, 10 days (12 days younger than Tracy Austin)
* crossed the $8 million mark at the 1998 Chase Championships,youngest to do so at 18 years, 1 month;
* In 1998, became the fourth woman in tennis history to win the doubles Grand Slam, joining Maria Bueno (1960), Martina Navratilova (1984) and Pam Shriver (1984); won the Australian Open with Mirjana Lucic, and won Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open with Jana Novotna
* 1998 Sanex WTA TOUR Doubles Team of the Year with Jana Novotnain
* at the 1999 Australian Open, became the only player in history to win the same Grand Slam tournament in singles and doubles three consecutive years with three different doubles partners
* youngest player to top $10 million in career prize money at 18 years, 11 months
* with win over Venus Williams in the semifinals of the 1999 Chase Championships, became the youngest player to win 300 pro matches; at 19 years, 51 days
* youngest player to top $14 million in career prize money at 20 years, 29 days;
* 1999 Sanex WTA TOUR Doubles Team of the Year with Anna Kournikova
* 2000 became the first woman player to earn more than $3 million in prize money for four straight years
* ended 2000 season in ninth place on the Open Era titles list with 35
* Recipient of the 2000 Sanex WTA Tour Diamond ACES Award
* with win over Kvetoslava Hardlickova in the 1st round of the 2001 News Week Champions Cup, became the youngest player at to win 400 pro matches; 20 years,5 months, 5 days
* youngest player to top $16 million in career prize money at 20 years,7 months, 16 days;
* Named the 2001 Family Circle/Hormel Foods Player Who Makes a Difference
* at the start of 2002 Martina is the only woman to earn over $3 million in prize money in one season
Last edited by AmberJ; Apr 1st, 2002 at 01:23 AM.