Wimbledon champions Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza captured their second consecutive Grand Slam women’s doubles crown last Sunday (13), defeating Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 6-3 in the US Open final.
Last Friday, India’s Leander Paes teamed up with Swiss veteran Hingis to became the first team since 1969 to win three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in the same season at the US Open.
India’s Mirza and Hingis did not drop a set in becoming the first top-seeded duo to win the US Open women’s doubles title since Cara Black and Liezel Huber won the 2008 crown.
“It has been a great year for us,” Mirza said. “To win Wimbledon was a great year. Then to come back and back it up to win the US Open, we feel like we’re a really solid team. And we came through again today.
“Martina and I play very well together. I have a great chemistry with her. We are looking forward to Singapore (WTA Finals) as the No 1 team in the world,” she added.
Hingis, who hit a backhand volley winner to break for the win after 70 minutes, won 14 matches in a row when she began playing alongside Mirza in March, taking titles at Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston before the streak ended in the Rome final.
“From the start, we hit it off,” Hingis said. “Our games work well together.”
Mirza, the world doubles number one at 28, won her only prior Slam women’s doubles title with world doubles number two Hingis in July at the All England Club.
Earlier, the fourth seeded pair of Paes and Hingis defeated American duo Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 to add the New York crown to their wins at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
The only other team to win three majors in the same year were Marty Riessen and Margaret Court 46 years ago.
Paes, 42, has also passed his former doubles partner, Mahesh Bhupathi, as the most successful mixed doubles champion in the Open Era with nine Grand Slam titles.
It was his 17th title in total at the majors while Hingis, 34, now has 19 from five singles, 11 women’s doubles and four mixed.
“I just love to play tennis and I am fortunate to have Leander as my partner,” said Hingis.
Paes and Hingis have fine-tuned their teamwork by playing together for Washington in the World Team Tennis league.
“Martina is a legend on and off the court,” said Paes, who first played in New York in 1991 when he won the boys title. “She’s my best friend. She’s just fantastic.”