Mirza-Hingis win Australian Open, their 3rd straight Grand Slam
Top seeds and world number one pair Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis will take on Czech seventh seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the women’s doubles final of the Australian Open on Friday.Australian Open 2016 Updated: Jan 29, 2016 13:01 IST
Game 9: And Mirza-Hingis convert on their fourth championship point! It’s title No 12 and the third straight Grand Slam for SanTina
Game 8: Hingis can’t serve it out on the first attempt, gets broken back for 3-5
Game 7: Mirza-Hingis recover the insurance break, lead 5-2
Game 6: From 40-0 up to deuce, Mirza-Hingis give up one of the service breaks. The Czechs trail 2-4
Game 5: Mirza-Hingis get a second, insurance break, lead 4-1
Game 4: Hingis-Mirza recover from 0-30 deficit to hold serve, lead 3-1
Game 3: Hlavackova-Hradecka hold serve, trail 1-2
Game 2: Sania Mirza fends off break point to hold serve, Mirza-Hingis lead 2-0
Game 1: Mirza-Hingis break in the first game of the second set to lead 1-0. Can they hold serve, though?
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won a topsy-turvy first over Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (1) in the tiebreak to take the first set in 62 minutes. Mirza and Hingis are now a set away from their 12th title together and their third straight Grand Slam. Can they wrap it up in two sets?
Mirza-Hingis win the first point on serve, 1-0
Santina get the first minibreak, lead 2-0
A netted forehand and a forehand long gives Mirza-Hingis a 4-0 cushion.
The Czechs come back with a point of their own, trail 1-4
Mirza-Hingis go into the change of ends with a 5-1 lead
A netted volley gives Mirza-Hingis five set points
A return goes long, Mirza-Hingis win first set 7-6 (1)
Game 12: The Czechs hold serve. We’re going to a tiebreak!
Game 11: Hingis holds serve finally. Santina lead 6-5
Game 10: Mirza-Hingis break right back as the inability to hold serve continues. 5-5
Game 9: Mirza-Hingis fend off four break points, but can’t save a fifth. Hlavackova-Hradecka lead 5-4.
Game 8: The exchange of breaks continue as Mirza-Hingis break back. 4-4
Game 7: The Hingis serve is broken once again. Hlavackova-Hradecka lead 4-3
Game 6: Mirza-Hingis break back for 3-3. Both teams struggling to hold serve here.
Game 5: The top seeds recover from 0-30 to 30-30, but a Mirza double fault hands the break back. Hlavackova-Hradecka 3-2
Game 4: Mirza-Hingis earn three break points, waste all of them. They then convert on the fourth. We’re back on serve at 2-2.
Game 3: Hingis double faults to hand Hlavackova-Hradecka the break for 2-1
Game 2: Hlavackova-Hradecka hold for 1-1
Game 1: Mirza-Hingis begin serving, hold for 1-0
Top seeds and world number one pair Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis will take on Czech seventh seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the women’s doubles final of the Australian Open on Friday.
The Indo-Swiss duo won nine titles in 2015, including the Wimbledon and US Open Grand Slams. They began this season with back-to-back titles in Brisbane and Sydney and are looking to win their third straight major.
Mirza and Hingis are also on a 35-match winning streak that began at the US Open. Their last loss was to the Chan sisters in the Cincinnati Masters, the last event before the start of the season’s final Grand Slam.
First Published: Jan 29, 2016 11:08 IST