The Indo-Swiss pair start their year 2016 with another Grand Slam win kick-starting from exactly where they left in 2015. The duo registered numerous records last year and they make their intentions for the year 2016 quite clear at the Australian Open. Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis defeated the Czech pair in straight sets to lift the Australian Open trophy at the Rodlaver Arena.
In the men’s singles Britain’s Andy Murray set up a thrilling clash with Serbian Novak Djokovic as the top two seeds of the tournament face-off in the final.
Doubles win and loss in mixed doubles for Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis have found the perfect rhythm and partners in each other winning tournament after tournament since they got together. Mirza-Hingis pair took on Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the final of the women’s doubles. The match went smoothly in favour of the Indo-Swiss pair in straight sets but for sure it was no easy match for them. The Czech pair forced a tie breaker in the first set but eventually failed to take the title away losing 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 in almost two hours of stellar tennis performances.
However, Sania failed to put the “cherry on top” of her doubles win as she went down fighting in the mixed doubles with partner Ivan Dodig. Top seed Mirza-Dodig suffered a shock loss at the hands of Elena Vesnina and Bruno Soares in the semi-final. The final score read 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) in favour of the fifth seeds in the competition.
Murray outperforms Raonic in five-set thriller
Milos Ranoic played high on confidence especially after having knocked out Stan Wawrinka earlier in the tournament. The match between Murray and Raonic ended up being a thriller that could go either way as they did not back-down. Raonic increased hopes of his supporters winning the first set 6-4 but a fighting Murray took back the next set 7-5. Raonic took advantage in the third set leading 2-1 in the match.
Raonic received treatment for an injury in the fourth set and that could have well been the turning point in the match. Murray took the fourth set forcing the crucial fifth set. He dominated the fifth set early on taking the score to 4-0 in no time. Raonic kept fighting and took a point keeping his chance alive but Murray determined took the final set 6-2 for a place in the men’s singles final.