Martina Hingis was born to two accomplished tennis players in Kosice, Czechoslavakia. They named their daughter after Martina Navratilova. Shortly after their divorce, she began playing tennis at the early age of 2 years and entered her first tournament at age 4. In 1993 at 12 years old, Hingis became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam junior title at the French Open. In 1994, she retained her French Open title, won the girls singles title at Wimbledon and was ranked World No. 1 in the juniors.
Martina made her professional debut in 1994 two weeks after her 14th birthday and in 1995 became the youngest player to win a match at a Grand Slam event when she advanced to the second round of the Australian Open. In 1996 Martina became the youngest player at age 15 years and 9 months, to win the women's Wimbledon Doubles titles. She also won her first professional singles title on tour defeating No. 1 Monica Seles.
In 1997 Martina became the undisputed No. 1 women's player in the world. This was her best year yet, winning 37 singles events and becoming the youngest player to win a Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open at 16 years and 3 months. In March, she became the youngest top ranked player in the 20th Century winning all the Grand Slams except the French Open. In 1998 Martina won all 4 Grand Slam Doubles titles.
In 2001 bothered by an ankle injury most of the year, Martina underwent surgery on her right ankle. In 2002 making her come back she won the Australian Open doubles with Kournikova and reached her straight 6th singles finals losing to Capriati. In 2003, Hingis announced her retirement at the young age of 22. During this segment of her tennis career, Hingis won 40 singles titles and 37 doubles. She held the No. 1 singles ranking for a total of 209 weeks. Tennis Magazine rated her 22 in its list of 40 Greatest Players of the Open Tennis Era.