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Paes, Hingis win mixed doubles title in US Open

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New York: After winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, Leander Paes and Martina Hingis have now won the US Open mixed-doubles title as well.

Leander Paes and Martina Hingis. Photo Credit: www.rediff.com
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis. Photo Credit: www.rediff.com

They bagged the title by scoring 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 against Americans Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Friday. Paes and Hingis have become the first team since 1969 to have won three mixed doubles title in a single year.

Paes won his ninth Grand Slam title in the mixed doubles category. He has also won eight men’s doubles championship. Hingis has now won a total of 19 Grand Slam titles.

(With inputs from Times of India)

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Sania-Martina magic in WTA Finals

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Singapore: Indo-Swiss tennis combine of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis struck gold one more time this year by clinching the women’s doubles title in the WTA Finals on Sunday.

The top seeds beat Spanish eighth seeds Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-3 in an hour and seven minutes on the hard courts of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The WTA Finals is an annual event played by the top-8 players/pairs of the year who are divided into two round robin groups — red and white. The top two of each group progress to the semi-finals and the winners to the finals.

The championship is generally considered the fifth most prestigious event on the women’s tour after the four Grand Slam tournaments. It also has the largest prize money and ranking points after the Grand Slams.

(IANS)

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Leander might retire after Rio Olympics, says father

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New Delhi:Leander Paes, one of the greatest tennis players India has produced, might retire after the 2016 Rio Olympics if he does not perform well.

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Leander’s father Vece Paes said that the tennis star is quite focussed on qualifying and playing the Olympics next year and his future will depend on his performance at the mega sporting event.

“If he does well at the Olympics then there would be reason for him to play longer. If he does not do too well at the Olympics, then the chances are that he would probably retire,” the elder Paes told in an interview.

“But that is his choice! We have not really discussed it. He is working on his game this year and then we go to next year and then we will see what happens.”

Vece, who was a hockey player and was also part of the bronze medal winning Indian team at the 1972 Munich Olympics, said that his son wants to play in both men’s and mixed doubles in the Brazilian metropolis in 2016.

“He hopes to play in the 2016 Rio Olympics with Rohan Bopanna in men’s doubles and with Sania Mirza in mixed doubles. That’s the plan so far,” said Vece.

If Leander plays in Rio de Janeiro, it would be his seventh Olympics since playing for the first time at the 1992 Barcelona Games. The 42-year-old is the only Indian to win an Olympic medal in tennis — a men’s singles bronze from the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Last time at the 2012 London Olympics, Leander partnered Vishnu Vardhan in men’s doubles and Sania in mixed.

“Basically he has got to see out this year and then he has got another four or five tournaments because he is short of ranking points in men’s doubles. So that will take him to the end of the year,” said Vece.

“Then he has got the IPTL (International Premier Tennis League) at the end of the year. From January to August he will be focussing on picking up points to qualify for the Olympics.”

2015 has been a great year for the Indian tennis legend. He won three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles — Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open — all with Swiss great Martina Hingis.

(Sandip Sikdar, IANS)

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Martina-Mirza win US Open women’s doubles title

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New York: Sania Mirza bagged her second consecutive Grand Slam title of the season, and fifth overall, as she won the US Open women’s doubles with Swiss partner Martina Hingis on Sunday.

sania_ap_mSania Mirza and Martina Hingis defeated fourth seeded Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 6-3 here to claim the US Open title.

The Indo-Swiss pair took only 69 minutes to conquer the Australian-Kazakh pair at the Arthur Ashe stadium.

It was Sania and Martina’s second women’s doubles Grand Slam title together after winning the Wimbledon earlier this year and they played with supreme confidence to win the tournament without dropping a set. It was Sania’s fifth success at the Majors (two women’s doubles and three mixed doubles crowns).

Sania’s partnership with Martina has helped her become the first Indian women’s player to be ranked World No. 1 in the doubles rankings.

Sunday’s final was Sania’s first in the category here at US Open. She won the mixed doubles title last year with Brazilian Bruno Soares here.

For Martina, the tournament turned out to be a memorable won as she lifted her second trophy at the Flushing Meadows this year on Sunday, after bagging the mixed doubles crown on Friday with another Indian, Leander Paes. It was also her fifth Grand Slam title this year, and 20th of her career across all three disciplines (five singles, 11 doubles and four mixed doubles).

The Swiss now just the third active player to have 20 major trophies (after Serena Willams’ 36 and Venus Williams’ 22).

On Sunday, the top seeds quickly jumped to a 3-1 lead breaking the second service game of their opponents.

But the fourth seeds immediately broke Sania’s serve to make it 2-3.

Sania-Martina though remained undeterred to bring about the third and fourth successive service breaks to extend their advantage to 5-2.

Sania then served out the first set at 6-3 in only 31 minutes. They hit 16 winners – four more than their opponents – to claim the first set, converting three of the eight break points. Dellacqua-Shvedova could only break their opponents once.

The reigning Wimbledon champions continued their dominant return of serves in the second set and broke their opponents to take an early 2-0 lead.

As the match went on, the top seeds grew more confident and started unleashing terrific ground strokes, both cross court and down the line, to march towards victory.

But they were made to wait for the win as Dellacqua-Shvedova converted their second break point to put up a resistance and reduce the margin to 3-5.

But that only delayed the inevitable as Martina put away a volley at the net to seal the fate of the match, with the pair clinching 62 of the total 108 points played.

Sania and Martina entered the title round easing past Italian 11th seeds Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-1. Dellacqua-Shvedova defeated unseeded German-American pair of Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3), 7-5, 7-5 to reach the final.

“It has been a great year for us,” Sania said after the win.

“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.”

“From the start, we hit it off,” Martina said.

“Our games work well together.”