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US Open 2015: Mirza and Hingis storm to second Grand Slam victory of the year

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993   //    13 Sep 2015, 22:33 IST
Winners hitting winners: Mirza and Hingis took their second consecutive

The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis beat fourth seeds Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 to take the women’s doubles title at the US Open tonight, taking their second consecutive Grand Slam win after winning Wimbledon earlier this year.

The World No. 1s looked typically strong today, and continued and concluded their flawless run at the Open; they have taken the title without dropping a single set on the way. They hit 24 winners as opposed to the 21 by Shvedova and Dellacqua, who committed 20 unforced errors to Mirza and Hingis’ 14.

CHAMPS! Hingis/Mirza beats Dellacqua/Shvedova 6-3, 6-3 to grab their second women's doubles Slam of the year #usopen pic.twitter.com/slgPgmD5qf

— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 13, 2015

This is Hingis’ second title at the US Open, having won the mixed doubles title on Friday with Leander Paes, beating the American pair of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey to take the title. This is Hingis’ fourth Grand Slam title in a row and the second for the Mirza-Hingis pair who won Wimbledon earlier this year, beating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina then. Paes and Hingis took the mixed doubles title at the Championships as well.

5-time Grand Slam singles winner Hingis has been instrumental in both Indian victories and credited her fans as well as partners Mirza and Paes, saying the win was “extra special for Sania”. Mirza took the mixed doubles title at Flushing Meadows last year with doubles partner Bruno Soares, but this is the 28-year-old’s first U.S. Open women’s doubles title.
 

The win takes Hingis’ tally of Grand Slam titles with Indian players to a total of 6. Five of these have come in 2015 – two with Mirza – at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and three with Paes, with whom the Swiss Miss has won the mixed doubles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open this year. Her first Grand Slam win with an Indian was with Paes’ former partner Mahesh Bhupathi at the Australian Open in 2006, when the pair beat Elena Likhovtseva and Daniel Nestor.

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