May 16, 2024

Open Court


Flashback: 1999 US Open final

It’s been more than 20 years since 17-year-old Serena Williams met 18-year-old Martina Hingis in the 1999 US Open women’s singles final.

These days, with the vast majority at the top level of the game well into their 20s, you tend to forget that in that earlier generation, there were plenty of teen titans fighting for the biggest titles.

This was Williams’s first Grand Slam final – and only the seventh, total of her career. It also was the first time she had gotten past the third round of a major.

For Hingis, who was the elder of the two by just a few days short of a year, it was the ninth major final.

Two years prior, at the precocious age of 16, she lacked only a win in the 1997 French Open final to complete a calendar Grand Slam.

A young Mary Carillo and John McEnroe are on the call.

(If you’ve forgotten, we won’t spoil the ending. Enjoy).

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