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Australian Open 2016: Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza win women’s doubles

Martina Hingis extended her extraordinary winning run with India’s Sania Mirza to 36 matches with a rollercoaster 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 victory over Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova.
It is the longest streak in the women’s game since another Czech pairing, Jana Novotna and Helena Sukova, strung together 44 victories in 1990 – but a long way short of the record of 109 matches.
“Thanks to Sania, because without you I wouldn’t be here today and standing on this court again,” Hingis said.

“You’ve (the Czech pairing) won two grand slams and you pushed us to the limit today and it was one of the best first sets.
“People will say it was ‘break, break, break’, but you have the best returns in women’s doubles.”
Hingis, 35, first won the singles and doubles titles at the Open in 1997 and has 10 championships in total at Melbourne Park, including seven in women’s and mixed doubles.
The top-seeded Hingis-Mirza combination, dubbed “Santina”, joined forces in March last year and this was their 12th title since and third at grand slam level behind Wimbledon and the US Open.
They became co-world No.1s last week thanks to their come-from-behind triumph in the Sydney final. Mirza, 29, had never won a women’s doubles grand slam before the union.
“For me, the Australian Open is very special and I have a lot of great memories here and it’s as close to home for me (as I can get),” Mirza said.
“We’ve had an incredible one year together and we keep going and going. (Martina is) an amazing champion and I’ve got to know her as a person and it’s a great privilege to play with her.”
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