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Rated as one of the all time greats of women’s ten­nis, Hingis set a se­ries of “youngest-ever” records in sin­gles dur­ing the 1990s, in­clud­ing youngest-ever Grand Slam cham­pion and youngest-ever world No1.

When lig­a­ment in­juries in both an­kles forced her to with­draw tem­po­rar­ily from pro­fes­sional ten­nis in 2002, at the age of 22, she had won 40 sin­gles ti­tles and 36 dou­bles ti­tles and, ac­cord­ing to Forbes, had been the high­est-paid fe­male ath­lete in the world for five con­sec­u­tive years, 1997 to 2001. Af­ter sev­eral surg­eries, Hingis – who turns 37 to­day – re­turned to the WTA tour in 2006, climb­ing to world No6 and win­ning three sin­gles ti­tles.

She re­tired again in late 2007, af­ter months of in­juries and a pos­i­tive test for a banned sub­stance be­fore re­turn­ing in 2013.

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