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The US Open legacy of Martina Hingis

September 2, 2017 - Martina Hingis in action against Jelena Jankovic and Anastasija Sevastova at the 2017 US Open.

Martina Hingis on Thursday announced her plans to retire at the conclusion of the WTA Finals, ending an esteemed career that has seen her go from teenage champion to retired Hall of Famer, to a suddenly unretired force in the doubles game.

Throughout it all, she has always shined at the US Open. In total, she has won six US Open crowns: one in singles, three in doubles and two in mixed doubles. She is one of just six women in the Open era to have won all three disciplines. (See the chart below for more.)

In 1997, she became the second-youngest women’s singles champion in tournament history, her age of 16 years, 11 months, trailing only Tracy Austin’s 16 years, 8 months. She returned to the final in 1998 and 1999, losing to Americans Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams, respectively. Also in 1998, she won her first women’s doubles title, with Jana Novotna.

It would be 15 years before Hingis returned to a US Open final, in 2014, when she and Flavia Pennetta lost in the women’s doubles final. The Swiss would come back better than ever a year later, sweeping the doubles and mixed doubles in 2015 – with Sania Mirza and Leander Paes – and repeating the feat this year – with Chan Yung-Jan and Jamie Murray.

Hingis and Chan, the No. 1 doubles players and team in the current world rankings, recently advanced to the doubles semifinals at the WTA Finals.

“I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to play this wonderful sport for so many years,” Hingis said in a statement posted on Facebook. “Tennis has always been my passion and I am extremely thankful for all the challenges, opportunities, partnerships and friendships it's given me.”

She continued: “As history shows, I haven't been able to stay away from tennis for long in the past, and I am looking forward to seeing what new opportunities and challenges lie ahead of me. I believe the best is yet to come.”

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Martina Hingis – US Open Titles & Finals

2017 – Women’s Doubles Champion
2017 – Mixed Doubles Champion
2015 – Women’s Doubles Champion
2015 – Mixed Doubles Champion
2014 – Women’s Doubles Runner-up
1999 – Singles Runner-up
1998 – Women’s Doubles Champion
1998 – Singles Runner-up
1997 – Singles Champion

Triple Crown – US Open Titles in the Open era

Martina Navratilova – 16 (4 singles, 9 doubles, 3 mixed doubles)
Margaret Court – 10 (3 singles, 4 doubles, 3 mixed)*
Serena Williams – 9 (6 singles, 2 doubles, 1 mixed)
Billie Jean King – 9 (3 singles, 3 doubles, 3 mixed)*
Martina Hingis – 6 (1 singles, 3 doubles, 2 mixed)
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario – 4 (1 singles, 2 doubles, 1 mixed)

* Only counting titles won in the Open era; also won pre-Open era U.S. titles

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