Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis clinch US Open women's doubles title
Top seeds Sania Mirza of India and Martina Hingis of Switzerland beat fourth-seeded pair of Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3 to win the US Open women's doubles title in New York on Sunday.tennis Updated: Sep 14, 2015 10:15 IST
Top seeds Sania Mirza of India and Martina Hingis of Switzerland beat fourth-seeded pair of Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3 to win the US Open women's doubles title in New York on Sunday.
The win marked the Indo-Swiss pair's second Grand Slam title as a team this season after their title triumph at Wimbledon. This was also the season's fifth title for Mirza and Hingis, who got joined forces earlier this year in March. In addition to Wimbledon, the pair 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.
"From the start we hit it off...winning three in a row and then Wimbledon. For me, all of this is just a bonus," said Hingis at the post-match trophy ceremony.
For Hingis, the win ensured her 20th Grand Slam crown. She has five singles titles, 11 doubles titles and four mixed doubles titles, three of them this season. Hingis has won five majors this season alone.
Mirza said: "It has been a great year for us. To win Wimbledon was a great year. Then to come back and back it up to win the US Open, we feel like we're a really solid team. And we came through again today."
Mirza now has five Grand Slam titles, two in women's doubles and three in mixed doubles. She won the Australian Open in 2009 and the French Open in 2012, with Mahesh Bhupathi. She also won the mixed doubles at last year's US Open, with Brazil's Bruno Soares.
In the first set, Mirza served to begin the proceedings, holding comfortably for 1-0. Dellacqua and Shvedova were forced to save two break points in the next game for 1-1. At 1-2, the Australian-Kazakhstan pair went down 0-30, and Hingis then came up with a putaway volley smash to bring up three break points, converting on the first as Dellacqua netted a forehand to hand the top seeds the service break and a 3-2 lead. However, the fourth seeds broke right back in the next game.
At 30-30, in the next game, another volley smash brought up a break point, which Mirza and Hingis duly converted. This time, on Hingis' serve, the pair consolidated the service break for 5-2. Despite going down 15-30 on Mirza's serve, a forehand winner from Mirza and a volley smash from Hingis helped the top seeds claim the set. They won two of four break points, while the fourth seeds won the sole break point chance they had.
With Shvedova serving to open the second set, the fourth seeds immediately went down 0-40, but saved all three break points, only for Hingis to bring up a fourth with a volley into the open court. The top seeds converted for a 1-0 lead and Mirza then held her serve to love to consolidate the service break. Dellacqua was stretched to deuce in her next service game but held on for 2-1. Shvedova and Mirza held their respective serves for 4-2.
Mirza came up with a big forehand winner to bring up three break points, and Hingis came up with a smash to convert for a double-break lead. However, with Hingis serving for the championship, the fourth seeds broke back in the next game for 3-5.
The top seeds weren't done trying to close out the match quickly. With Shvedova serving to keep her team in the championship, Hingis and Mirza took the game to deuce before a double fault brought up championship point. Hingis put away a final smash to close out the 6-3, 6-3 win.
"It has been great," Dellacqua said. "Slava and I get along well off the court. Our games complement each other. The more we keep playing together the more we will improve."
Shvedova, 28, said she delayed her wedding so she could play in the final. "I will be flying home tomorrow, landing home Tuesday, getting married Wednesday and then flying to another tournament," Shvedova said. "To my American family, save my bachelorette party for later."
(With agency inputs from New York)
First Published: Sep 13, 2015 23:07 IST