India’s tennis star 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, here on Sunday.
The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair outplayed the fourth-seeded duo of Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 6-3 in the final, which never rose to great heights.
Sania’s win capped off a memorable US Open for the Indians as Leander Paes had won the mixed doubles trophy with Hingis on Saturday, in a repeat show of the Wimbledon.
Kazakshtan’s Shvedova and Australia’s Dellacqua struggled to hold serve, making it too easy for Sania and Hingis. The contest was over in just 70 minutes.
It was Sania and Hingis’ second Major title in a row, having won the Wimbledon championships earlier this season.
Sania now has five Grand Slam titles in her collection.
She won three mixed doubles trophies, the last one coming at this very venue with Bruno Soares in 2014.
In an extraordinary season, Hingis has won five Grand Slam titles this season, taking her overall number to 20. She won three titles with Paes and two with Sania. “It’s a great year for us. Already been a great year, became World No. 1. We were a solid team and were in with a chance in all Slams. We are happy to come through. I won mixed doubles here last year, great to come back and win this,” Sania said after her win.
Shvedova committed a double fault in the second game at 30-all to Sania-Hingis a break point and then a superb return from Sania brought another opportunity but the fourth seeds saved both the chances.
Sania and Hingis did not have to wait much for the next opportunity as they broke Dellacqua at love to take a 3-1 lead. But, the advantage slipped soon as Sania was broken in the fifth.
Shvedova, who is getting married on Tuesday, surrendered her serve one more time, letting Sania and Hingis just walk away with the set.
Shvedova was not in the best of form and was down by three break points in the very first game of the second set. Sania and Hingis took advantage and consolidated the lead with a solid hold.
Sania fired two stunning service winners on Dellacqua’s serve as the Australian was broken at love in the seventh game. Hingis then hit an overhead volley winner on the first match point after Shvedova’s double fault at deuce.