Hingis hangs up her racquet for 3rd time

Hingis hangs up her racquet for 3rd time

The Swiss was subsequently slapped with a two-year ban. Last year, Hingis won the WTA Finals doubles title with Sania Mirza of India.

She was ranked world No 1 aged 16 and added two more grand slam singles titles in her teens as well as completing the women's doubles Grand Slam in 1998.

Martina Hingis has contributed a lot to the sport's development.What's the story? The "Swiss Miss", as she was called, was a prodigy who took the tennis world by storm in the 1990s scripting a bunch of youngest-ever records.

Hingis said while she is stepping away from the competitive side of the sport, she is looking forward to new challenges. At 14, she made her WTA debut at the Zurich Open.

Hingis has won nine women's doubles titles, including the US Open with Chan, this year.

The Australian Open was just the beginning.

The next year, Hingis became the youngest Grand Slam singles victor after winning the 1997 Australian Open at age 16. With her announcing her third retirement, she will undoubtedly leave a huge void to fill.

My last three years were great and it's hard to beat them, ' she said. 'Now, my priorities have changed.' Then on Facebook she wrote a long post: 'Now that the cat is out of the bag, here we are for the third, and final time. She was winning doubles Majors till a year before her retirement, winning the 20025 Australian Open with Anna Kournikova. She returned in 2006 and tested positive for cocaine during Wimbledon the following year after which she retired.

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But in July 2013, Hingis came out of retirement and she went on to win another Grand Slams in doubles events. It marked Hingis' 25th career Grand Slam crown.

Hingis, 37, has won five singles Grand Slams, 13 doubles Slams and seven in mixed doubles - the last two of which have come with Jamie Murray.

Hingis, who initially retired in 2003 due to injury and again in 2007, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013.

She will be hoping to sign off her career with a 108th WTA Tour title with doubles partner Chan Yung-jan on Sunday.

Hingis and Chan face Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova next. Lasting 23 years in a sport as physically taxing as tennis, even in doubles, is not easy. "She will be remembered as one of the greatest players to have played the game".

For all we know, her love for tennis may bring her back to the court soon enough, as she hinted in her farewell post.

Chan and Hingis are co-No.

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