Martina Hingis: 5 Memorable Doubles Moments

By Nicholas McCarvel

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Fans at the New Haven Open this summer will get an unexpected thrill as former world No. 1 in singles and doubles – Martina Hingis – will play in the event as a doubles wild card.

The 32-year-old Swiss player retired from the game a second time in 2007, but surprised tennis fans and aficionados with the announcement that she’d play in a host of events this summer, including the New Haven Open.

While Martina was perhaps more well known for her prowess on the singles court, where she won five major titles and held the No. 1 for 35 weeks, Hingis has a significant resume on the doubles court, as well: she owns nine Grand Slam trophies in doubles, made two other finals, was ranked No. 1 and a mixed doubles major in 2006.

In anticipation of Hingis’ return to New Haven, we take a look at five big moments in the Hall of Famer’s doubles career:

1996 Wimbledon: First Grand Slam
Before Hingis was a major winner in singles she conquered the doubles court, winning Wimbledon alongside veteran Helena Sukova. The then-15-year-old and Sukova won six straight matches, including a quarterfinal upset of top seeds Jana Novotna and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. In the final, they took out Meredith McGrath and Larisa Neiland, the fourth seeds, in three sets.

No. 1 – in Singles and Doubles
In June of 1998 Hingis reached the top ranking in doubles, becoming just the sixth woman to hold the No.1 ranking in both singles and doubles. Hingis was simultaneously ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles for 29 weeks in her career, second only to Martina Navratilova.

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1998: The Grand Slam
She just missed out on a Grand Slam in singles in 1997, winning three of the four majors, but Hingis came good in doubles the next year, winning the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open for the first women’s doubles Grand Slam since her namesake – Martina Navratilova – did so with Pam Shriver in 1984. Hingis paired with Mirjana Lucic in Melbourne, then Jana Novotna at the other three Slams.

2006 Australian Open: Mixed Win
Adding to her major hall, Hingis made a winning return to the tour in singles and doubles in 2006 – but perhaps her crowning achievement was perhaps capturing the Australian Open alongside Mahesh Bhupathi. It was Hingis’ 15th total Grand Slam, her first mixed crown and most recent to date.

37 Titles, Many Partners
Hingis won a whopping 37 titles in her doubles career and partnered with 13 different teammates to do so. The Swiss Miss was most remembered for her wins with Anna Kournikova, but her initial return this summer in California has her playing with Daniela Hantuchova, her most recent doubles partner – from the 2007 season.

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