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Tennis - Mattek-Sands dethrones Sania Mirza as world number one in doubles

2016 Rio Olympics - Tennis - Victory Ceremony - Mixed Doubles Victory Ceremony - Olympic Tennis Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 14/08/2016. Gold medalist Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) of USA react after receiving her medal. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files
2016 Rio Olympics - Tennis - Victory Ceremony - Mixed Doubles Victory Ceremony - Olympic Tennis Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 14/08/2016. Gold medalist Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) of USA react after receiving her medal. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - American Bethanie Mattek-Sands will rise to number one in the world when the WTA doubles rankings are released on Monday.

Mattek-Sands sealed top spot after winning her 23rd WTA doubles title in Brisbane on Saturday with partner Sania Mirza.

She ended her Indian partner's 91-week reign as world number one.

"Being number one is something that you dream of from the time you pick up a racket," Mattek-Sands, whose daring outfits and knee-high socks mark her out from the crowd, told the WTA.

"You're not given number one -- you have to earn it and I feel really proud of myself for getting there."

Mirza added: "I feel like I'm handing over the Miss World No 1 crown. Congratulations to her for becoming No 1. She has had an amazing year.",

Mattek-Sands has won three grand slam doubles titles all with Czech Lucie Safarova -- the most recent coming at last year's U.S. Open.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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