Hingis set a series of "youngest-ever" records during the mid and late 1990s, including youngest-ever Grand Slam champion and youngest-ever world No. Before 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 and long recuperations, Hingis returned to the WTA tour in 2006, climbing to world No.
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1 singles player in October 1998, but Hingis finished the year by beating Davenport in the final of the WTA Tour Championships.
She then reached the French Open final and was three points away from victory in the second set before losing to Steffi Graf about whom she had said before: "Steffi had some results in the past, but it's a faster, more athletic game now... Her time has passed." She broke into tears after a game in which the crowd had booed her for using underhand serves and crossing the line in a discussion about an umpire decision.
Hingis, however, lost in the final of the US Open to Lindsay Davenport.
Davenport ended an 80-week stretch Hingis had enjoyed as the No.
In March, she became the youngest top ranked player in history.