On Friday, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis clinched the Australian Open women’s doubles trophy after defeating the Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in straight sets. With this win, the duo won their third consecutive Grand Slam title. The top seeds had also won the Wimbledon and US Open titles in 2015.
The top seeds fought past the seventh seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (1) 6-3 in the women’s doubles final that lasted for one hour and 45 minutes.
In an incredible feat, Sania and Martina have now extended their unbeaten run to 36 matches and 8 titles in a row.
“I would like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting us. For me Australian Open is special, it’s like home. I have special memories here. We had an incredible one year. Martina is an amazing champion and an amazing person, so it is a privilege for me to play with her,” Sania said.
The final was a tough one to win for the Indo-Swiss pair. The Czechs put up a great fight in the opening set which went on to the tie-breaker.
The first set saw a number of breaks as both sides could manage to hold their serve only twice each. After a series of breaks, Martina finally held her serve in the 11th game and the top seeds led 6-5, this time not allowing the Czechs to convert break opportunities.
Eventually the Czecks too held and it boiled down to a tiebreak in which the top seeds trampled their opponents, losing just one point to pocket the opening set.
Top seeds broke Hradecka in the very first game of the second set and never looked back from there on. Though Martina was broken in the sixth game, the favourites broke back for a 5-2 lead.
There was more drama as Martina was broken in the eight game, and the top seeds squandered three match points in the ninth game before clinching the title.
Both Sania and Martina were all praise for the Czech girls.
“We know how good you are (Czech team). We lost to you at Roland Garros. Hopefully we will have more finals to fight for,” Sania said.
“They pushed us to the limit. It was a tough tournament. We will try to defend our title next year,” said Martina in praise of her opponents.
This was Sania’s second title at the Australian Open, having won the mixed doubles title with partner Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009.
(With inputs from agencies)