Bhupathi-Hingis win Oz mixed doubles
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Bhupathi-Hingis win Oz mixed doubles

The Indo-Swiss combination beat Daniel Nestor of Canada and Elena Likhovtseva of Russia in the final.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 19:47 IST

Former world number one Martina Hingis capped a successful return to grand slam tennis when she joined up with Indian doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title on Sunday.

Wild card entrants Hingis and Bhupathi beat sixth seeds Daniel Nestor of Canada and Russian Elena Likhovsteva 6-3 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena.

Hingis reached the women's singles quarter-finals in her first grand slam appearance since injury forced her into premature retirement in 2002.

The Swiss won five grand slam singles titles, including three straight Australian crowns from 1997-99, and was also a leading doubles player.

She won 36 doubles titles before retiring, including nine grand slams, but rarely played mixed doubles. Sunday's success with Bhupathi was her first grand slam mixed doubles title.

First Published: Jan 29, 2006 11:50 IST