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Sania-Hingis reign in Sydney after 30th straight win

January 15, 2016 18:33 IST

Martina Hingis (left) and Sania Mirza

IMAGE: Switzerland’s Martina Hingis, left, and India’s Sania Mirza after beating Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia of France in the final of the Sydney International, at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images.

The Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis juggernaut continues to roll.

On Friday, the world No 1 women's doubles team added another crown to their overflowing trophy vault, winning the WTA Apia International in Sydney.

They overcame stiff resistance from French pair Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic to prevail 1-6, 7-5, 10-5 victory in 73 minutes.

In the process they registered their 30th straight victory and picked their second title in 2016.

Martina Hingis (left) and Sania Mirza

IMAGE: Switzerland’s Martina Hingis, left, and India’s Sania Mirza celebrate after clinching victory over Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia of France in the final. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images.

Sania-Hingis lost the first set 1-6 and trailed 1-4 in the second, but rallied splendidly thereafter. They drew abreast 5-5 before taking the set 7-5 and extending the match to the super tie-break.

The US Open and Wimbledon champions then raced to an 8-3 lead and never looked back.

The Sydney crown is the 11th together for the Indo-Swiss pair, which won nine titles, including the year-end WTA finale, in 2015.

Last week they won the Brisbane International.

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