Former World no. 1, Martina Hingis of Switzerland, teamed up with Sabine Lisicki, of Germany, to defeat Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 4-6 6-4 10-5 in Miami's women's doubles final.

For the Hingis-Lisicki duo it was only the second tournament together after their first-round exit in Indian Wells earlier this month. The newly-crowned champions were Miami's wild-card entry.

The Swiss claimed her 38th doubles title, and the first WTA title since Doha 2007, in which year she also retired from professional tennis. She returned to the doubles tour last season.

Before 2007, Hingis had one of the most exciting and flourishing careers in history, turning pro at 14 and winning the first of her five Grand Slam singles titles (Wimbledon '97) at the age of 15. She also lifted the Grand Slam doubles trophy nine times during her career. 

Is there a chance we'll see more of the 33-year-old champion?

"Last week, I was not sure if I want to put myself out there like this and lose first, second round.
"Now, after this victory, definitely things change. I would be very happy to continue to play some more doubles," Hingis told reporters after the match.

For Lisicki, who is best known for reaching the Wimbledon final last year and defeating Serena Williams en route, this victory means a jump in the doubles world ranking up to 36th place.


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