HERO OF THE DAY
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.