She also won her first professional singles title that year at Filderstadt, Germany.
She reached the singles quarterfinals of the 1996 Australian Open and the singles semifinals of the 1996 US Open. She started the year by winning the warm-up tournament in Sydney.
In July, she became the youngest singles champion at Wimbledon since Lottie Dod in 1887 by beating Jana Novotná in the final.
She then defeated another up-and-coming player, Venus Williams, in the final of the US Open.
6, winning two Tier I tournaments, and also receiving the Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year.