Mirza, Hingis claim doubles title

LONDON: Martina Hingis won her first Wimbledon title since 1998 when she and partner Sania Mirza captured the women’s double trophy on Saturday.

Hingis, 34, and India star Mirza, 28, came from a set down and 2-5 behind in the final set to beat Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5. It was the top seeds’ first Grand Slam title as a team having only decided to play together in March.

Hingis won Wimbledon doubles with Helena Sukova in 1996 and Jana Novotna in 1998. For Mirza, it was a maiden women’s doubles title at a Grand Slam although she has won three mixed doubles at the majors. “To come out here at Wimbledon, this is something we dream of as kids,” said Mirza.

“Every kid that picks up a tennis racquet this is about winning Wimbledon or playing at Wimbledon one day. When we came out at 5-5 we had goosebumps.

The energy on the court, we were getting a standing ovation, it was unbelievable. We both came out and I said, This is what we play for, this is what we work for, this energy.”