Tennis - Former World No. 1 Martina Hingis, winner of five Grand Slam singles titles and twenty Grand Slam doubles titles, was honoured in a ceremony in Zurich. The 37-year-old, who wore a breath-taking blue cocktail dress, was honoured among several athletes and celebrities including her Swiss teammates Belinda Bencic, Timea Bacsinszky, Romina Oprandi, Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Michael Lammer and Yves Allegro.
Other players to come to the event included Chan Jung-Yun, her most recent doubles partner with whom she reached the top of the doubles rankings, and former rivals Iva Majoli and Mary Pierce. Hingis' family and friends - Melanie Molitor, Mario Widmer and Harald Leemann - were also present at the event.
Hingis retired for the third and, what she says, the final time after the WTA Finals in Singapore in October. She retired for the first time in 2003 due to injury problems after winning five Grand Slams in singles as a teenager and becoming the youngest ever World No. 1 player. She returned in 2006 and reached the top 10 in singles but retired once again in 2007 after testing positive for cocaine before returning in 2013 to focus on doubles exclusively - she went on to win four women's doubles and six mixed doubles titles during this stint and ended her career as the top-ranked doubles player.
Diese Stars feierten an der Gala im Dolder Grand und sagten «Danke, Martina!». https://t.co/5Xopuq0bZt— Schweizer Illu (@schweizerillu) November 24, 2017