Sania Mirza jumped to her career-best rank of three in the doubles following her title win at the BNP Paribas Open with Swiss great Martina Hingis last weekend.
Mirza now sits at number three with 6,885 points, behind Italians Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani, who share the top spot with 7,640 points each.
Courtesy of her win at Indian Wells, Mirza earned 1,000 points and gained two places on the WTA chart. She had reached the final of the same tournament last year with partner Cara Black.
“It’s thrilling to achieve my career-best rank. Being number one is a dream and I hope I can get there some day,” Sania said.
In the WTA singles chart, Ankita Raina continues to be the top Indian player at number 253, up by two spots. In the ATP rankings, Somdev Devvarman maintained his 176th rank while Ramkumar Ramanathan gained 10 places at 247. Yuki Bhambri was the next best at 257 as he jumped 27 spots.
In the doubles, Leander Paes slid to 25, a loss of four places; just behind him was Rohan Bopanna, who lost one spot.
Hingis and Mirza completed a dream first tournament together, beating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open women’s doubles.
The number one seeds didn’t lose more than four games in any set all fortnight.
After cruising through the first set, they fell behind 2-4 in the second to number two seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. But they flipped the script with four straight games to end it 6-3, 6-4.
Hingis has won 11 Grand Slams in the team discipline (nine in women’s and two in mixed) while Mirza has claimed three Grand Slams (all in mixed). Their doubles partnership was eagerly awaited on the circuit.
“This is something we were hoping for,” Hingis said after the win. “She hits a big forehand, especially on the right side, and I can move and finish off the point. She prepares, I finish. That’s pretty cool to me.”
Hingis expressed her satisfaction at the performance of the pair in the tournament.
“I’m happy we made this move. Obviously we had partners we played well with, like me last year with Flavia (Pennetta), and changing was a big move. I’m glad it worked out, because you never know what to expect. Winning the tournament in our premier, it’s new energy. Hopefully we can keep it up.”
Mirza echoed Hingis’ sentiments but admitted that she didn’t expect to win in such style. “On paper, obviously we are supposed to be a good team, but it doesn’t always turn out that way when you step on the court,” she said.
“So, we’re really happy we weren’t just able to win, but win in such dominating fashion, not losing a set and being down just two times in the whole two weeks.”
Mirza was asked what makes them such a good team in terms of strategy on the doubles court. “She’s one of the best people who can complement the way I play,” she said.
“She’s got probably some of the best hands in the world at the net. For me, I need that. I need someone who can finish the balls off where I set them up.”
“And that’s really it. Like I said, on paper everything looks great, but you still have to go out there. Names don’t do anything. You have to go out and win.”