Indian Tennis’s poster girl Sania Mirza created history on Saturday night by becoming the first Indian female player to win the Wimbledon Grand Slam Women’s Doubles Title as she and her veteran Swiss partner Martina Hingis won the women’s doubles grand slam trophy in London.
The Indo-Swiss pair of Sania and Hingis overcame the formidable Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. Losing the first set 5-7, they eventually went on to win the remaining sets 7-6, 7-5. The two went bunny-hopping with joy around the Centre Court once they won the match point.
Hingis had to wait 17 years to add to her 3 Wimbledon titles which she won last in 1998. She already have won 5 singles, 10 doubles and 2 mixed doubles Grand Slam titles in her long career. For Sania, this was her first Grand Slam Women’s Doubles Title. She has 3 mixed doubles titles to her kitty which she won in the Australian, French and US Open, the former 2 with her Indian counterpart Mahesh Bhupathi and the later with Brazilian Bruno Soares. Incidentally she had also won the women’s doubles junior Wimbledon Championship in the same grass court with her Russian partner Alisa Kleybanova in 2003.
“It feels like it was in another life,” said Hingis, reflecting on those previous titles. “But 17 years, usually you’re lucky to win it once or happy to be out here and play on the Wimbledon grounds. It’s above my expectations.”
“It means everything to be here today,” said Sania. “To come out at Wimbledon Centre Court and have the whole crowd behind you is pretty incredible. But I think for me, as an Indian, I’m in Little India here. There are so many Indians in England. Thankfully there are a lot of us everywhere, but in England especially I’ve always had amazing support.”
Meanwhile Hingis is also up for the Mixed Doubles Title along with her other Indian counterpart Leander Paes where they take on No. 5 seeds Alexander Peya of Austria and Timea Babos of Hungary.