Martina Hingis might have left active tennis under a dark cloud but the Swiss champ has achieved a top honor. Hingis is among the latest field inducted into the International Hall of Fame for 2013.
Along with five Grand Slam singles championships, Hingis is the youngest female to achieve the no. 1 ranking at the age of 16 in 1997. That year proved to be a highlight time for Hingis as she won three of the four Grand Slam singles titles (Australian,Wimbledon,U.S. Open) and was selected WTA Tour Player of the Year and the AP Female Athlete of the Year.
''She obviously had a Hall of Fame career,'' said Serena Williams, who beat Hingis in the 1999 U.S. Open final. ''She achieved so much at such an early age and did so much for the sport, inspired me a lot to play.''
In 2007 Hingis retired for the second time in when she drew a two-year suspension for testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon. Hingis denied using the drug, but did not appeal the ruling.
Along with Hingis, other inductees include Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell and Ion Tiriac.
The International Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be July 13 in Newport, R.I.