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Martina Hingis: Reason Why the16-year-old Wimbledon winner couldn’t become the best of all-time

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The Swiss star became the undisputed world number one at this very age in 1997, reaching all four major finals that year and winning three of them.
This made her the youngest Slam winner in Open Era history, as well as the youngest top-ranked player ever.

By 22, Hingis had 40 singles wins to her name, 36 doubles titles and was the highest-paid female athlete in the world. On the tennis circuit, the five-time major champion had won every WTA singles event bar the French Open.

But, just as it seemed the teenage sensation was on track to reach the same heights as legends of the game, injuries blighted her progress. Ligament problems in both ankles rendered her unable to compete for three years and despite a miraculous return in 2006, a further hip injury and positive drug test effectively ruled her singles career over.

With Wimbledon under a fortnight away, it’s worth a look back on the remarkable career of the Czechoslovakian born player –– who enjoyed Ladies’ Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles success at the All England Club.

A teenager winning Wimbledon should come as a surprise. Boris Becker was unseeded when he won the tournament in 1985. Similarly, though Maria Sharapova was seeded 13th when she won in 2004, her triumph over Serena Williams was a historic upset at the time.

Yet, Hingis’ victory was anything but unexpected. In truth, it was actually predicted. The Swiss star was already number one in the world by this point and had reached the final of both the Australian Open and Roland-Garros that same season.

At this stage, it seemed the teenager was unstoppable. US Open glory followed this Wimbledon win, as did a second consecutive Australian Open at the start of 1998.

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Having spent four years away from tennis between 2002 and 2006, Hingis returned to the game and looked to have rediscovered her former touch. Six more singles titles came in quick succession, leading Laureus to honour her with their Comeback of the Year award.

This resurgence was short-lived though, as further injury troubles and a positive drug test in 2007 saw her suspended from the sport for two years.

At this point, Hingis’ career was seemingly over and with the likes of the Williams sisters transcending the women’s game, fans had new superstars to admire.

Extraordinarily, Hingis did indeed return almost a decade later but focused specifically on doubles. In 2015, she won the Wimbledon Doubles title to claim her first major since 2002. The very next day, she added a Mixed Doubles crown to her trophy cabinet.

In 2017, while ranked number one in the doubles rankings, Hingis retired for the third time. In total, she won 25 Grand Slam titles, the Tour Finals twice and a silver medal at the Rio Olympics.

Stats like this certainly put her up there with the all-time legends of the sport. But, given her early success, her finesse on court and her ability to compete at the top of the game even after 10 years away from competitive action, there is no telling how many majors she may have won had she stayed fit.

Hingis will forever be remembered in tennis history, yet, despite leaving a memorable legacy, fans must still wonder what might have been.

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Jennifer Aniston reunites with ex-husband Justin Theroux for special reason

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Jennifer Aniston’s fans have been left “screaming” with joy after the actress was pictured with ex-husband Justin Theroux during a table read of 80s sitcom, Facts Of Life.

 

 

The friendly exes were snapped by Scandal star Kerry Washington, leaving fans seriously excited about the project. Jennifer, 52, looked gorgeous in a black lace-up top as she posed for a selfie with Kerry. Meanwhile, screenwriter and producer Justin, 50, struck a pose alongside Jennifer’s good friend and her The Switch co-star, Jason Bateman.

Alongside a series of behind-the-scenes photos shared on Instagram, Kerry wrote: “LIVE from the cast & producer dinner on Saturday night! Don’t miss this cast recreating @thenormanlear’s classic sitcoms Facts Of Life & Diffrent Strokes! Tonight! #LiveInFrontOfAStudioAudience.”

Jennifer’s fans were loving the candid images, with one penning: “Made my day” and another writing: “I’m screaming”.

A third declared: “JASON JUSTIN AND JEN MY HEART IS GONNA EXPLODE” while another simply wrote: “Jen and Justin” alongside a number of love hearts.

The Friends favourite is starring as Blair Warner in the Facts Of Life remake while Justin is taking on producing duties.

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Justin Theroux is serving as producer

Justin and Jennifer, who fell for each other on the set comedy Wanderlust in 2011, tied the knot in 2015. The pair have remained close since announcing their split in early 2018.

They said at the time: “In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation.

Jennifer and Justin split in late 2017 after two years of marriage

“This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”

The Morning Show star has made no secret of the fact she’s still close with her ex, and in August she publicly wished her former husband a happy birthday, posting some sweet pictures of him to ring in the occasion.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY JT,” she wrote, adding: “Truly one of a kind, LOVE YOU!”

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Carrie Underwood is set to light up the iHeartCountry Music Festival alongside Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett in Texas

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Carrie Underwood will be appearing at the iHeart Country Music Festival it was revealed on Tuesday.

 

 

Other stars who will be there include Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett as well as Dustin Lynch, Jimmie Allen, Scotty McCreery, Cody Johnson.

Hosted by Bobby Bones, the iHeartCountry Festival will take place at the new Moody Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 7.

iHeartMedia announced the return of the iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One.

Now in its ninth year, the 2022 lineup will feature Country music’s hottest artists including Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, Maren Morris, Dustin Lynch, Jimmie Allen, Scotty McCreery, Cody Johnson and more performing live at the new Moody Center in Austin.

It will be hosted once again by iHeartMedia’s nationally-syndicated on-air Country personality, Bobby Bones.

‘Country music fans across the country look forward to the iHeartCountry Festival each and every year’ said Rod Phillips, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartCountry. ‘We are thrilled to have such an incredible lineup perform at this year’s show and are especially excited to bring our nationally-recognized event to the new Moody Center in Austin for the first time.’

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iHeartMedia’s Country music radio stations will broadcast the event live in their local markets and on iHeartRadio.com on Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT (7 p.m. CT)

iHeartCountry has more than 150 Country stations across the U.S. reaching more than 110 million Country music listeners per month on broadcast alone, making it the largest Country broadcast radio group in America.

The iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One is a part of iHeartMedia’s roster of nationally recognized events including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, iHeartRadio Music Awards, the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, iHeartRadio ALTer Ego Presented by Capital One, iHeartRadio Wango Tango and iHeartRadio Podcast Awards.

Partners of this year’s event include St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 4 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (12 p.m. CT) via Ticketmaster.com.

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Prince Harry’s New Legal Battle Suggests How Eager He Is For the Queen to Meet His Daughter Lilibet

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Although Prince Harry has made solo trips across the pond to visit with members of the royal family and join them for special events, the Duke of Sussex’s wife, Meghan Markle, and their two children have yet to return to the U.K. But now, it seems, Harry is eager for his family on both sides of the Atlantic to reconnect. After a spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex revealed the lengths to which Harry’s gone to try and secure his family a private security detail for future travels, a new report seems to suggest the Duke of Sussex really wants his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, to meet his 7-month old daughter, Lilibet.

 

 

“The fact he has gone down this legal route to try and secure protection suggests to me that he is desperate and there is a real reason for him to come to the UK,” Ken Wharfe, Princess Diana’s former guard, shared during a panel discussion for the Daily Mail. “He has two children that the Queen hasn’t effectively seen yet,” Wharfe observed. Remember: Meghan and Harry’s son, 2-year-old Archie, was born in the U.K. and we have seen photos when Queen Elizabeth first met the newborn. But since their January 2020 move from the U.K. to Canada and then America, the Queen has not seen Archie and hasn’t even met her namesake, Lilibet, in person.
“The very fact he has made this noise with the British Government to secure protection suggests to me that he is going to make a real effort to come back here,” Wharfe continued. “I think we will see him return this year, for the Platinum Jubilee.” While the queen’s official celebration for her Platinum Jubilee will be this February, there will also be days-long festivities this coming June, to which Meghan and Harry might have an invite.
The news of Harry’s ongoing battle to try and retain some security for his family came out last week, and now it’s a lot more clear why that element is so essential to have during the Duke of Sussex’s potential next visit with his family. We can only imagine that Harry is going to such lengths because time is of the essence and reuniting members of his family is important to him. Like Wharfe, we can only hope that arrangements where everyone feels safe can be made so that Harry and his family can have a proper reunion.
The fraught relationship between the Cambridges and the Sussexes has been heavily scrutinized for the past few years. But we’ve never had quite a clearer look at the relationship between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Prince William and Kate Middleton, until now. Longtime royal writer Christopher Andersen takes fans into the intimate conversations and exchanges between these two powerful couples in Brothers & Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan, illustrating what was lost, gained, and what might be found as the next generation of the royal family embraces the future.

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