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It was a dream and now it's reality: Hingis

January 15, 2016 20:57 IST
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When Sania became No.1 in Charleston that was a huge stepping stone for her, and now for me, 16 years later, who would have thought I would have another opportunity to become No.1 again: Hingis

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Image: Martina Hingis of Switzerland (L) and Sania Mirza of India (R) celebrate after winning the womens doubles final against Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia of France in Sydney. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images.

The golden girls of world tennis, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis continued their dominance in the WTA doubles circuit, as they clinched their second title of 2016 by winning the Sydney International.

The Indo-Swiss pair, who had won in Brisbane last week, edged out Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia 1-6, 7-5, 10-5 in the final, which was also their 30th victory in a row.

However, it wasn't an easy win for the top seeds, as they showed some character to make a comeback from the verge of losing the game.

"At 6-1, 5-2 the only thing we could say to each other was that it was only one break," Sania said.

"That's the only positive you can find from a situation like that. We tried to hold our serve for 5-3 to give ourselves another chance, then
we had a huge game at 5-3 and the momentum went in our favor," World No.1 Sania said after the win.

"We're really happy to win another tournament. We're really happy with the way we fought," the Indian star added.

It was the 11th title together for the Indo-Swiss pair as continuing the good show from 2015 when they won 9 titles including the year-end WTA finale.

Martina said it was a test of nerves for them.

"It was definitely a great test, and against a great new team. They were playing together for the first time this week, and I think we're going to see a lot more of them.

“We had to take our chances. You don't see much light in a dark tunnel, but then we had one or two opportunities here and there, and with one little chance we were able to turn the match around," the Swiss said.

They now have 11 WTA doubles titles together: Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Wimbledon, US Open, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Beijing and the WTA Finals last year, and now Brisbane and Sydney this year.

The Swiss-Indian partnership is also an impeccable 11-1 together in WTA doubles finals.

Adding to that, when new rankings will be issued on Monday, Martina will join Sania as joint World No.1 on the WTA doubles rankings.

It will be Hingis' first time at No.1 since the Indian Wells fortnight in 2000.

"I think it's another chapter in my career, definitely. When Sania became No.1 in Charleston that was a huge stepping stone for her, and now for me, 16 years later, who would have thought I would have another opportunity to become No.1 again?

It was a dream and now it's reality," Martina said

"But I've felt we're the No.1 team for a while now. It was just a question of time," she added

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