It is an Indian summer at Wimbledon 2015 as Leander Paes and Martina Hingis claimed the mixed doubles title on Sunday. This win comes after two earlier triumphs by Indians at the All England Club this year – Sania Mirza in ladies doubles and Sumit Nagal in boys’ doubles.
The seventh-seeded duo of Leander and Martina put up a master class to absolutely whitewash their opponents – fifth seeds Alexander Peya and Timea Babos. The Indo-Swiss pair clinched the 6-1, 6-1 victory in just 40 minutes.
16th Grand Slam title for Leander Paes
This is the 16th Grand Slam title for the legendary Indian tennis wizard, Leander Paes. This is also the 42-year-old’s second Slam title this year after having triumphed at the Australian Open in January with Martina Hingis. Overall, this is the Indian’s eighth mixed doubles Grand Slam crown.
Third Slam mixed doubles crown for Hingis
As for the 34-year-old tennis genius, Martina Hingis, it has been a whirlwind 24 hours at SW19. She grabbed the ladies doubles crown with Sania Mirza in an epic finale on Saturday and came back on Sunday to add the mixed doubles crown as well. This is also her third major title in mixed doubles.
Dominant display by Leander Paes and Martina Hingis
Paes and Hingis were brilliant and brutal and absolutely gave no chance to the pair of Peya and Babos throughout the contest. It was one of the most dominant displays in a doubles final that has ever been seen.
The Indo-Swiss pair broke the fifth seeds twice in the first set to wrap up the first set in just 19 minutes.
The mastery from the Indian-Swiss duo continued even in the second set. They broke the Austrian-Hungarian combination in the first game of the second set and again made the breakthrough two more times as the fifth seeds fell apart.
Paes and Hingis cruised to victory soon after. The Indian ace closed out the match with a wondrous backhand volley winner on the Babos serve.
After a disappointing French Open, it has been a delightful experience to watch the Indian tennis stars make a comeback at Wimbledon. Paes once again displayed that he is ageless and Sania Mirza’s win validated the years of hard work and dedication she has put to earn that elusive ladies doubles title.
It is even more satisfying to see Sumit Nagal’s win in the junior doubles section which signals that the future is bright. Here’s hoping that we can have more such inspiring wins from our Indian tennis stars in the future.