Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Santina wins maiden Australian Open crow

Narada Desk | January 30, 2016 7:16 pm Print

The enthralling doubles pair, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis is on a roll by claiming their maiden Australian Open doubles crown. The pair overcame the seventh seeded Czech combination of Andrea Hlavackove and Lucie Hradecka by beating them 7-6 (1), 6-3 to win the championship

The Australian open crown was the 36th consecutive win and the third straight Grand Slam for the pair after tasting victory at the Wimbledon and the US Open last year. The pair also won the year end WTA (2015) finals.

The Sania-Martina juggernaut, that began rolling in August last year, showed no signs of abetting at the Melbourne Park. They continued their supreme form and grabbed their eighth successive title, and 12th overall, in 109 minutes.

With supreme form, Santina (referred as Sania and Martina) juggernaut showed no signs of abetting the championship Rod laver Arena in Melbourne. The pair put forward an excellent performance to bag the title in 109 minutes.

The year 2016 has started on a good note for the pair with their wins at Brisbane and Sydney. The Australian open title being the second for Sania Mirza, 29, has now six Grand Slam titles to her credit. Her first mixed doubles win was in 2009 with Mahesh Bhupathi. While 35 year-old Martine Hingis has bagged her 12th women’s doubles title.

The first set was evenly contested on Friday as both teams tried to seize the initiative. It took Sania and Martina 62 minutes to determine its fate, an indicator of severe nature of the battle.

With challenge from the opposition at its peak from the very first set, it took Sania and Mirza 62 minutes to break. Four break points were won by both the teams and were almost even in every aspect.

The post match analysis showed that the Indo-Swiss pair hit 17 winners and committed 17 unforced errors, one less and one more than their opponents respectively.

Several long rallies were played and each point was fiercely fought for with action unfolding at a very swift pace.

The top seeded pair beat German-Czech Julia Goergs and Karolina Pliskova, 6-1, 6-0 to enter the finals.

During the post match interview, Hingis spoke highly of her partner as well as the opponents stating “It was break, break, and break. But you girls have the best returns in women’s doubles”

 

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