Wimbledon 2015 : Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis clinch women’s doubles crown

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Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis

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.

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