Name : Martina Hingis
Birthdate : September 30, 1980
Birthplace : Kosice, Slovakia
Nationality : Swiss
Profession : Tennis player
Plays : Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Martina was born on 30 th September, 1980 in Kosice in now Slovakia to mother Melanie Molitor and father Karol Hingis. Both Martina’a mother and father played tennis quite well. They married and Martina was born four years later. As a toddler she used to sit on a blanket watching her parents and she started “playing’ at the age of 2. Melanie divorced and moved with Martina to Roznov, in the now Czech Republic. Martina entered her first tournament at the age of 4, when she couldn’t even see above the net! Her first match ended 6-0, 6-0. For her much older opponent. But soon Martina started winning her matches. When martina was 8, Melanie remarried with the Swiss computer scientist Andreas Zogg. Together they moved to Trubbach, a small town in the north of German speaking Switzerland, where Martina still lives in her own apartment attached to the main house. Melanie later divorced again and is currently engaged with Mario Widmer, a Swiss sports journalist. She is Martina’s coach and mother, a double role that led to some teen troubles in the past. But Martina always calls her mother “best friend”. The two of them also own a house in Roznov, and recently acquired a villa in Saddlebrook, Florida, near the harry Hopmans Tennis Academy where Martina lives when in the USA. Martina is 20 years old, 1.70m x 59 kg, has natural chestnut hair and blue eyes. She plays right-handed forehand and two-handed backhand, she is the archetipal all-court player, at ease playing from the baseline or with a natural serve and volley. Her astonishing talent and wide array of shots are coupled with a strong mind and a tactical sense that many chess masters dream to have, making her extremely dangerous on court.
History of Champion
Australian Open: Singles – 1997 1998 1999, Doubles – 1997 1998 1999
French Open: Doubles – 1998 1999 2000
Wimbledon: Singles – 1997, Doubles – 1996 1998
U.S. Open: Singles – 1997, Doubles – 1998
Masters: Singles – 1998, Doubles – 1999
In February 2005, Hingis made an unsuccessful return to competition at an event in Pattaya, Thailand, where she lost to Germany’s Marlene Weingartner in the first round. After the loss, she claimed that she had no further plans for a comeback.
Hingis, however, resurfaced in July, playing singles, doubles, and mixed doubles in World Team Tennis and notching up singles victories over two top 100 players and shutting out Martina NavrÃ¡tilovÃ¡ in singles on July 7th. With these promising results behind her, Hingis announced on November 29 her return to the WTA Tour in 2006.
Her Grand Slam comeback debut was at the 2006 Australian Open, where she reached the quarterfinals before losing to Kim Clijsters, the second seed. However, Hingis won the mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi of India. This was her first career Grand Slam mixed doubles title and fifteenth overall (5 singles, 9 women’s doubles, 1 mixed doubles).
On May 19, 2006, Hingis posted her 500th career singles match victory in the quarterfinals of the Tier I Italian Open in Rome, beating top 20 player Flavia Pennetta, and two days later won the tournament. This was her 41st WTA tour singles title and first in more than four years. Hingis then reached the quarterfinals at the French Open, losing to Clijsters, and the third round at Wimbledon, losing to Ai Sugiyama. Her U.S. Open return was short lived, losing in the second round 6-2, 6-4 to Virginie Razzano, who was ranked outside the top 100.
In her first tournament since the U.S. Open, Hingis won the second title of her comeback at the Tier III Sunfeast Open in Kolkata, India. She defeated unseeded Russian Olga Poutchkova 6-0, 6-4 in the final after defeating Sania Mirza 6-1, 6-0 in a semifinal. The following week in Seoul, Hingis notched her 50th match win of the year before losing in the second round to Mirza 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.
During her 8 months back on the WTA tour, Hingis has reached three Tier I finals – the first in Tokyo (falling to Elena Dementieva 6-2, 6-0, after defeating Maria Sharapova in a semifinal), then in Rome (winning the title over Dinara Safina 6-2, 7-5), and in Montreal (falling to Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-3). She has beaten several top players in her comeback, including Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, Dementieva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Venus Williams.
Hingis qualified for the end of year WTA Tour Championships in Madrid as the eighth seed. In her three round robin matches, she lost in three sets to both Justine Henin-Hardenne and Amelie Mauresmo but defeated Nadia Petrova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Hingis ended the year ranked No. 7 in the WTA rankings, which is based on the previous 52 weeks of results. In the 2006 Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships rankings, she also finished No. 7. She finished 8th in prize money earnings during 2006 (U.S. $1,159,537).
Hingis started 2007 by reaching the final of a Tier III event, the Australian Hardcourt Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, losing to Dinara Safina of Russia 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. The next week at the Medibank International in Sydney, Hingis lost her first round match to Jelena Jankovic in three sets.
At the 2007 Australian Open, Hingis won her first three rounds without losing a set before defeating China’s Na Li in the fourth round 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. Hingis then lost a quarterfinal match to Kim Clijsters 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. This was the second consecutive year that Hingis had lost to Clijsters in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and the third time in the last five Grand Slam tournaments that Clijsters had eliminated Hingis in the quarterfinals.
Hingis won her next tournament, the Tier I Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan, defeating Ana Ivanović in the final 6-4, 6-2. This was Hingis’s record fifth singles title at this event
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At the start of the year Hingis defeated former world number one Lindsay Davenport, and hinted at a possible return to tennis. In February, Martina announced she has committed to a full year with the World TeamTennis Tour in 2010.  She had previously played for World Team Tennis in 2005 to assist her first comeback. Sparking thoughts that she was trying to comeback to the WTA tour, she committed to playing at the Nottingham Masters. On 5 May 2010 it was announced that Anna Kournikova would reunite with her doubles partner Hingis. Kournikova is participating in competitive tennis for the first time in 7 years, in the Invitational Ladies Doubles event at Wimbledon