The world number one women’s doubles team of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis continued their rampaging form and extended their monster winning streak to 20 matches in a row after reaching the semifinals of the WTA Finals in Singapore on Friday.
Mirza and Hingis, top seeds in Singapore, took just 90 minutes to get past the challenge of fourth-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-4, 7-5 in their final round-robin match and finish on top of their group, thus avenging their loss to the same pair the last time they played in Rome this year.
The Indo-Swiss duo lifted their game just at the right time and made full use of the only two breaks of the match they got. Mirza-Hingis got break point opportunities at 4-all in the first set and 5-all in the second, and grabbed the chance to serve both sets out.
“We had played them twice before and we were 1-all, so we knew we had to come out and play well, like we’ve been trying to do every match here at the WTA Finals,” Mirza said after the match.
“We just tried to come out and play our best, and that was enough to win today.”
Mirza and Hingis have won eight women’s doubles titles this year, including two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open.
The top seeds are just two wins away from their ninth WTA doubles title since joining forces eight months ago.
“It feels pretty good!” Hingis said after the victory.
“Sania came up to me and asked me why don’t we try to play together, and at first we both had our partners, but as soon as we started we won a hat-trick right away at Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston. It was amazing how fast we clicked.
“It was a dream to come here to Singapore, and hopefully we can keep winning here,” Hingis reflected on the success of their partnership.
Mirza and Hingis will face third seeds Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan of Chinese Taipei in the semifinals. The Chinese Taipei duo, incidentally, were the last team to have beaten the top seeds, during the Cincinnati Masters just before the US Open.
Mirza won the women’s doubles title at last year’s WTA Finals with Cara Black of Zimbabwe.