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Martina Hingis was ranked No. 1 from March 31, 1997 to October 11, 1998. On 10/12/1998, Lindsay Davenport took #1, and Hingis did not reclaim the spot until 2/8/1999 after the Pan Pacific Open.
CBS Sportsline: March 26, 1998: Hingis: "Now I'm the hunted"
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Martina Hingis has been making everything look so easy since she became the No. 1 female tennis player in the world last year. Taking over the spot at the age of 16, she has clung to the top as if it is her rightful place. Sometimes one wonders if losing is accepted in the Hingis camp. Hingis didn't embrace her loss to Venus Williams on Thursday, of course. She didn't fall apart, either... Hingis quietly slipped through a tunnel and headed for the shower after she and Williams shook hands. Thirty minutes later, Hingis even smiled. Often. "Before I was the hunter. Now I'm the hunted," Hingis said.
CNNSI.com: Mon April 13, 1998: Corel WTA Tour Notes & Netcords for 4/13/98
On March 31, 1997, Martina Hingis became the youngest-ever number one player at 16 yrs, 6 mos, 1 day, followed by Monica Seles at 17 yrs, 3 mos, 19 days and Tracy Austin not far behind in third place at 17 yrs, 3 mos, 26 days. Only seven players have attained the world No. 1 ranking since the computer rankings began in 1975.
Number of Weeks at #1 in WTA Rankings, 1975-April 13, 1998
Steffi Graf: |
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario:
374 weeks (record most career weeks at # one, man or woman)|
55 weeks (March 31, 1997 to April 13, 1998)
Las Vegas Sun: May 15, 1998: People in the News for May 15
Who does this guy think he is? Shows up at Berlin's Intercontinental Hotel this week, has tennis teen queen Martina Hingis bumped from the swank presidential suite. Oh, he's the president? President Clinton, in Berlin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Berlin airlift, took over the top four floors of the hotel. Hingis, in town to compete in the German Open, was moved downstairs. On Thursday, the phone in her new room jingled; a certain Southern gentleman was on the line. Hingis says it was Clinton -- his voice had certain distinguishing characteristics. You mean it sounded like he was eating a doughnut as he talked? Well, no. "He had an accent like his and everything. I thought it was pretty funny," the Swiss phenom says. "He told me he apologized for taking the suite away."
BBC Sport: Sunday, July 5, 1998: Double delight for Novotna
Jana Novotna has taken her second Wimbledon title in just 24 hours after she and her partner Martina Hingis took the women's doubles crown. The pair beat second seeds Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva in three sets, 6-3 3-6 8-6 and appeared relaxed during most of the match.
CBS Sportsline: Sept. 11, 1998: Overpowering Davenport ready for resilient Hingis
NEW YORK -- Lindsay Davenport had a slim lead as the second-set score loomed on the Arthur Ashe Stadium scoreboard. She was up one break. This put her tantalizingly close Friday afternoon to a straight-sets defeat of Venus Williams... Jana Novotna, meanwhile, enjoyed a far larger margin of comfort in her semifinal with defending champion Martina Hingis... Davenport hung on. She saw that break and rode to the finish... For Novotna, the finish could not have been more different. She had to play Hingis, not Williams... Hingis hangs on by returning everything and refusing to go away without incredibly stubborn resistance. She came back and beat Novotna 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, when fans left the stands for a refill of their daiquiris believing Novotna had everything in hand.
CNNSI.com: Saturday September 12, 1998: Hingis suffers from 'putting too much pressure on myself'
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- By most standards Martina Hingis is having a great year. The Swiss star has won four tournaments, including her second consecutive Australian Open crown. But by the standards the 17-year-old sensation set for herself last year when she rocketed to world No. 1 by winning 12 tournaments, including three Grand Slam titles, this season has been a big dropoff. "I've still been pretty solid even though my game wasn't at the top," said Hingis after surrendering her U.S. Open title to hard-hitting second seed Lindsay Davenport 6-3 7-5 in Saturday's final.
CNNSI.com: Sunday September 13, 1998: Hingis completes Slam doubles sweep
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- A day after surrendering her U.S. Open singles title to Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis turned the tables on the American by claiming the women's doubles crown Sunday. The top-seeded duo of Hingis and Jana Novotna defeated second seeds Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva 6-3, 6-3, completing a rare Grand Slam doubles sweep for Hingis.
CBS Sportsline: Nov. 9, 1998: Rested Hingis ready for stretch run
NEW YORK -- At a point in the long tennis season when most players are anxiously looking forward to some time off, Martina Hingis is rested and ready for the stretch run with an eye on recapturing the world number one ranking. "Everybody gets tired at the end of the year. Now, I've had a month off so I'm ready again," Hingis declared during a stop in New York to promote the season-ending Chase Championships, which begin next week.
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