Swiss star Martina Hingis won her first Wimbledon title since 1998 when she and Indian partner Sania Mirza captured the women`s double trophy. Hingis, 34, and 28-year-old Indian star Mirza came from a set down and 2-5 behind in the final set to beat Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5.
It was the top seeds` first Grand Slam title as a team having only decided to play together in March this year. Hingis won the Wimbledon doubles with Helena Sukova in 1996 and Jana Novotna in 1998. For Mirza, it was a maiden women`s doubles title at a Grand Slam although she has won three mixed doubles at the majors.
“It`s been another lifetime. Seventeen years, usually you`re lucky to win it once or happy to be out here and play on the Wimbledon grounds. It`s above my expectations,” said Hingis who was also the singles champion at Wimbledon in 1997.
Sania created history by becoming the first female player from the country to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam trophy. She had won women’s doubles junior Wimbledon championship with Russian partner Alisa Kleybanova in 2003.
Already having a long list of firsts, Sania had become India’s first woman player to win a Grand Slam when she won the Australian Open with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009. She later added French Open [2012 with Bhupathi] and US Open [2014 with Bruno Soares] to her mixed doubles collection.