Tennis: Staying focused and working hard will ensure longevity in career, Martina Hingis tells currect crop of stars

Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis enjoying herself during a coaching session for 40 young tennis players from ActiveSG at Heartbeat@ Bedok yesterday.
Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis enjoying herself during a coaching session for 40 young tennis players from ActiveSG at Heartbeat@ Bedok yesterday.PHOTO: SONG TAO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Retired star cites relentless work ethic and never losing sight of goals for tennis success

By the age of 15, Martina Hingis had already won her first tennis Grand Slam title - a doubles crown at Wimbledon in 1996.

A year later, she claimed the Australian Open singles crown. Even as she found fame, the Swiss ploughed on, winning four more singles Slams from 1997 to 1999.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2018, with the headline 'Always stay focused: Hingis'. Print Edition | Subscribe