Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis’s new partnership got off to a dream start as the Indo-Swiss pair captured the doubles title at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California on Saturday. The top-seeds defeated second seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-4 to win their first team title.
Sania Mirza/Martina Hingis did not drop a set whole week
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis were thoroughly dominant throughout the week. They did not drop a set whole week en route to the summit clash.
In the final too, the Swiss-Indian pairing came out firing on all cylinders and wrapped up the opening set 6-3. The Russian duo fought back in the second set and took a 4-2 lead after having broken the top seeds. But Sania and Martina regrouped quickly to win four consecutive games and take the title in 1 hour and 10 minutes.
24th career doubles title for Sania
This is the second title of the season for Sania Mirza and her 24th career doubles title. The Indian had won the doubles crown in Sydney this year, partnering Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
As for the former World No. 1 Hingis, this is her 42nd doubles title overall.
For both Mirza and Hingis, this is their second triumph at Indian Wells. While Mirza had won the crown back in 2011 with Elena Vesnina, Hingis had clinched the title in 1999 with Anna Kournikova.
Quotes from the winning pair
A beaming Mirza complimented Hingis after their victory.
“She’s one of the best people who can complement the way I play. She’s got probably some of the best hands in the world at the net. For me, I need that. I need someone who can finish the balls off where I set them up. And that’s really it. Like I said, on paper everything looks great, but you still have to go out there. Names don’t do anything. You have to go out and win.”
Martina Hingis’s magic with Indian partners continues. She teamed up this year with Leander Paes to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title. Let us hope the Hingis-Mirza combination can carry on with their fireworks on the court as the Tour moves on to Miami next week.