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Although she did not win a Grand Slam singles tournament, she kept the year end No.

1 ranking because of nine tournament championships, including the WTA Tour Championships where she won the singles and doubles titles.

She told the website :”I was the most spanked kid at home.

My mother has horrifying memories of beating me up with badminton racquets, plates and whatever she could lay her hands on !

Hingis bounced back to reach her third consecutive US Open final, where she lost to 17-year-old Serena Williams.

Hingis won a total of seven singles titles that year and reclaimed the No. She also reached the final of the WTA Tour Championships, where she lost to Lindsay Davenport.

After several surgeries and long recoveries, Hingis returned to the WTA tour in 2006, climbing to world No.

6, winning two Tier I tournaments, and also receiving the Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year.

In July, she became the youngest singles champion at Wimbledon since Lottie Dod in 1887 by beating Jana Novotná in the final.

She then defeated another up-and-coming player, Venus Williams, in the final of the US Open.

The only Grand Slam singles title that Hingis failed to win in 1997 was the French Open, where she lost in the final to Iva Majoli.

During her doubles comeback, she won four Grand Slam women's doubles tournaments, six Grand Slam mixed doubles tournaments (completing the Career Grand Slam), 27 WTA titles, and the silver medal in women's doubles at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Hingis retired after the 2017 WTA Finals while ranked world No. Widely considered an all-time tennis great, Hingis was ranked by Tennis magazine in 2005 as the 8th-greatest female player of the preceding 40 years.

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