Australian Open 2016: Hingis and Sania Mirza win doubles crown

Australian Open 2016: Hingis and Sania Mirza win doubles crown

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Mirza and Hingis joined forces last year

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza have won the Australian Open women’s doubles title to make it three Grand Slams in a row.

The top seeds beat Czech pair Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 in the final at Melbourne Park.

Switzerland’s Hingis and India’s Mirza, who had already won at Wimbledon and the US Open, will be targeting a clean sweep at the French Open.

Hingis now has five Australian Open women’s doubles titles.

She won in 1997, 1998 and 1999 with Natasha Zvereva, Mirjana Lucic and Anna Kournikova respectively and again in 2002 with Kournikova.

Hingis, 35, who is a former world number one in singles, has won:

  • 4 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles
  • 5 Grand Slam singles titles
  • 12 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles

Mirza has also enjoyed success in Melbourne before, winning the mixed doubles title in 2009 with fellow Indian Mahesh Bhupathi.

The 29-year-old, from Hyderabad, also won the mixed doubles titles at the 2012 French Open and the 2014 US Open.

“Thank you to my partner, we’ve had an incredible year, we just keep going and going,” said Sania Mirza.

“She’s an amazing champion, but I’ve gotten to know her as a person and it’s a privilege to play with her.”

Mirza is also through to this year’s mixed doubles semis with Ivan Dodig.

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Hingis and Mirza have won 36 matches in a row

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