Top seeds Sania Mirza of India and Martina Hingis of Switzerland beat second-seeded Russian pair of Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5 to win the ladies' doubles title at Wimbledon on Saturday to win their first Grand Slam title as a team.
The win marks the first title at The All England Club for Mirza, and the first Wimbledon title for Hingis since winning the ladies' singles title in 1997, and her fourth Wimbledon title overall. Hingis also won the ladies' doubles title in 1996 and 1998.
This is the fourth title for Mirza and Hingis, who got together earlier this year in March. They won the Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami as well as the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, in the United States.
Mirza and Hingis got off to a poor start, being broken in the first game of the match. The pair, however, broke back immediately.
The set then proceeded on serve until the Russian duo broke serve at 5-5 and proceeded to serve out the first set.
In that first set, Vesnina-Makarova converted both their break point opportunities, while Mirza-Hingis converted just one of two break point chances. The Russian duo won 34 points, while the Indo-Swiss duo won 29 points in the set.
In the second set, there was little to separate the two teams as neither earned a single break point. Hingis and Mirza won 79% of their first serve points, as compared to 71% for Vesnina and Makarova. In the ensuing tiebreaker, the Indo-Swiss duo got the mini-break 2-0 and jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead. Although the Russian duo came back to 4-5, Mirza and Hingis then earned two set points, converting on the first to level the match.
Mirza and Hingis won 44 points to 36 by Vesnina and Makarova in that second set.
In the third set, the Russian pair broke early and consolidated the lead for 4-2. After consecutive service holds from both teams, the Russians, serving for the Championship at 5-3, fell into a 0-40 hole. Vesnina and Makarova then saved all three break points before Mirza-Hingis earned and converted a fourth break point.
Although they were taken to deuce in the next game, Mirza and Hingis managed the service hold to level the set at 5-5.
There was further tension as the match was then suspended for bad light, allowing for a ten-minute break until the roof on Centre Court was closed and the lights turned on.
When the match resumed with the Russians serving, Mirza and Hingis earned two break points at 15-40, and converted on the second to earn their chance to serve for the Championship.
Hingis then held her serve to love to close out a memorable win.