The world number one women’s doubles team of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis powered past Chinese Taipei’s Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan 6-4, 6-2 to reach their 10th final of the year at the WTA Finals in Singapore on Saturday.
With the win, Mirza-Hingis improved their winning streak to 21 matches. Their last loss was against the Chan sisters in the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters, just before the US Open. The third-seeded Taiwanese duo went up 3-1 in the first set but the top seeded Indo-Swiss duo reeled off 11 of the next 14 games to run away with the match.
“On the court I feel very fortunate to have Sania on my side because she’s an incredibly positive person,” Martina said after the match on Saturday. “When I get myself down, I’m not really a morning person, so she was out there and kept fighting and kept keeping me up there. That’s why we were able to come back in the first set.”
“Once I felt better, that’s when everything started to click. They’re a great team, so they’ve always come out strong in the past six matches that we played them. And they know how to play against us.
“We came out with a strategy against them. It’s very different to what we played against players like yesterday who have more power, different strategy,” Sania said.
“We kind of have to stick to our guns, stick to what we have planned. We have to trust our abilities. That’s what really takes us through a lot of the times, is that trust in each other’s ability. We know sooner or later we’re going to break.
“It happened at 3-2. If it didn’t happen there, we would still keep fighting to make it happen.”
Mirza-Hingis have won eight titles together this year. Apart from Grand Slams at Wimbledon and the US Open, they won Masters 1000 titles at Indian Wells and Miami, the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, and swept the Asian swing with titles in Guangzhou, Wuhan, and Beijing. The only final they’ve lost this year was to the Hungarian-French pair of Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic at the Italian Open.