Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza won the ladies doubles title at Wimbledon defeating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 in a classic.
The 34 year old Swiss was Wimbledon singles champion in 1997 and also holds doubles honours at SW19 in 1996 and 1998.
A decorated career, Hingis has five single and 12 double and mixed double slams. This Saturday marked the first major of the former world number one since the Australian open in 2002.
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It’s a beautiful story in a career that has had its lows. In 2003 at the age of just 22, Hingis announced her retirement following a series of ankle injuries.
Three years later she returned to the WTA tour but was banned in 2007 for 2 years after testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon. The former champion then returned to the doubles scene in 2013.
Hingis also won her second Wimbledon crown on Sunday winning the mixed doubles tournament with Leander Peas as they defeated Alexander Peya and Timea Babos 6-1 6-1.
The victory means it’s the 34 year olds third mixed doubles major and thirteenth slam in all doubles competitions (mixed and same gender).
A fairy tale at SW19, Hingis has had an unbelievable career, if it wasn’t for the succession of ankle injuries then it’s possible that the Williams sisters wouldn’t have dominated as much as they did.
Serena Williams may be the queen of centre court but Martina Hingis is the queen of doubles and she finished yet.