Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis win Wimbledon Doubles Final
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won their first Wimbledon title with a thrilling women’s doubles final. Sania was playing her first doubles final at Wimbledon while former world singles number one Hingis lifted the trophy with Helena Sukova in 1996 and Jana Novotna in 1998.
Sania created history by becoming the first female player from the country to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam trophy
“For a match like this, the No.1 and No.2 seeds playing, it was the best match you could have asked for the tournament. It was unbelievably exciting. It was exciting to play. I really hope it was exciting to watch, too,” Sania told Wimbledon.com.
The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair claimed a 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5 win over Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina on Saturday.
“Even when we were down, we knew we were giving everything we had on the court. These are the moments we worked years and years and all our lives for. This is what we play for. We feel really honored to have won that match really.”
Even at 2-5 [in the third] we didn’t feel like we were down and out of the match – Mirza
Sania created history by becoming the first female player from the country to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam trophy. She had won women’s doubles junior Wimbledon championship with Russian partner Alisa Kleybanova in 2003.
Already having a long list of firsts, Sania had become India’s first woman player to win a Grand Slam when she won the Australian Open with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009. She later added French Open [2012 with Bhupathi] and US Open [2014 with Bruno Soares] to her mixed doubles collection.
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