Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hingis and Mirza win Charleston doubles title

Photo by Daniel Ward
Only five weeks ago, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza (long known on this blog as the Forehand of Fire) decided to play doubles together. A couple of weeks later, they won Indian Wells. That was stunning, but it turned out to be just the beginning of an amazing story: The next week, Hingis and Mirza won Miami.

Winning Indian Wells and Miami back to back is quite a feat. But no worries--Hingis and Mirza could top even that. Today, they won the Charleston title, giving them three premier titles in a row. Not bad for a brand new team.

Hingis and the Forehand of Fire defeated Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jurak 6-0, 6-4 in today's final. This victory makes Mirza the number 1 doubles player in the world, and marks the first time that an Indian woman has reached a world number 1 ranking in tennis.

Enjoying some No. 1 cake (photo by Daniel Ward)
"For this to happen over three tournaments is pretty amazing," Mirza said. "For me to have Martina on my side, she helped me in some very tough moments and it helps when she's been there, done that so many times, and she's a great champion, and she helped me through those tough moments, and it's a very special feeling."

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