Australian Open: Mirza-Hingis get campaign off to winning start

  • ANI, Melbourne
  • Updated: Jan 21, 2016 10:57 IST
Switzerland's Martina Hingis, right, and India's Sania Mirza chat during their first round match against Brazil's Teliana Pereira and Colombia's Mariana Duque-Marino at the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 21, 2016. (AP Photo)

India’s Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis extended their unbeaten streak to 31 matches as they kicked off their Australian Open on a winning note to progress through to the second round on Thursday.

The Indo- Swiss pair took one hour and eight minutes to overcome the challenge of the Colombian-Brazilian pair of Mariana Duque-Marino and Teliana Pereira 6-2, 6-3 in an exciting first round of the women’s doubles event.

In the first set, Mirza and Hingis won three out of the four break point opportunities they had, to Duque-Marino and Pereira’s one break point out of four opportunities. The top seeds comfortably bagged the set 6-2.

The second set was far more competitive and saw seven breaks of serve, with neither team unable to hold serve after a service break. Mirza and Hingis prevailed in the end, however, their four break points won edging their opponents’ three break points won.

Mirza and Hingis have already gotten off to a great start this year, winning back-to-back titles in their first two tournaments this season, at Brisbane and Sydney.

The duo have bagged eleven women’s doubles titles so far, including two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, since joining forces in March last year.

They are currently on a 31-match winning streak, having last been beaten in Cincinnati before the start of the US Open, and are the favourites to grab their third Grand Slam title together.

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