Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis win Australian Open women’s doubles title
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis defeat seventh-seeded Czech mix of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka to win Australian Open women’s doubles title on Friday.
Top seeds Sania and Martina that are on a record winning streak continued to rule the roost as they conquered the Czech pair 7-6, 6-3 at the Rod Laver Arena.
Hlavackova and Hradecka broke Martina’s serve in the 3rd match of the very first set to take a 2-1 lead, but the Indo-Swiss pair fought back in the following match to make it 2-2 by breaking Hlavackova’s serve.
The Czech pair then broke Sania’s serve in the next game to take a 3-2 lead in the first set but not to be written off; Sania and Martina broke Hradecka’s function to make it 3-3.
Hradecka and Hlavackova broke Martina’s serve to take a 4-3 lead, but Sania and Martina fought back again to break Hlavackova’s serve to bring it level at 4-4 in the very first set. But Hradecka and Hlavackova fought fire with fire and broke Sania’s serve to take a 5-4 lead in the very first set. But the top seeds displayed great abilities to break Hradecka’s function again to make it 5-5.
Martina and Sania subsequently made it certain not to allow it to slip away by winning on Sania’s serve to take a 6-5 lead but couldn’t break Hlavackova’s function as the first set went on a tiebreak at 6-6. Martina and Sania won seven points in the tiebreak against Hlavackova and Hradecka’s one to win the very first set 7-6 in 62 minutes.
Martina and Sania won the initial two matches in the second set before losing the third but won the following two games to take a significant 4-1 lead.
The Czech pair broke Sania’s serve in the next game but couldn’t capitalise on it and neglected to win the following game after which Martina had the advantage of functioning for the match, but her function was broken by the driven Czech pair to make it 5-3.
Hradecka and Hlavackova saved three tournament points on Hradecka’s function but couldn’t avert defeat as Sania and Martina were successful in the fourth to win the title.
Continuing their outstanding form Sania and Martina expanded their unbeaten run with this title success to 36. They won back to back titles at Sydney International events and the Brisbane, before beginning their Australian Open effort.
This is the sixth Grand Slam title for Sania, whose most recent mixed doubles success arrived with Bruno Soares at the US Open in 2014.
Apart from five Grand Slam singles titles, Hingis now has 12 Grand Slams doubles titles to her credit. Hingis was the securing mixed doubles winner with Leander Paes at the Australian Open but Sania and her Croatian associate Ivan Dodig beat her in the quarterfinals on Thursday.