Sixteen-year-old Martina Hingis lived up to the promise of her first name yesterday to become the youngest Grand Slam tennis champion this century. The Czech-born Swiss prodigy, ranked fourth in the world, humbled France's Mary Pierce in the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne. Hingis, named after Martina Navratilova, took only 59 minutes to seal a 6-2 6-2 victory, launching women's tennis into a new era. "It's nice, of course," she said.
"But it is just another record.
I made a lot of records as a junior and it is nice to be in the record books. But it is much nicer to have your name and photo on the wall as a champion."
Photograph by Clive Brunskill /Allsport Report, Section 2, page 23