Sania on top, pairs with Hingis to win WTA finals

‘When you start off as a child playing tennis, you dream of being No. 1 in the world. I feel honored to be No. 1… she (Hingis) really helped me get there.” — Sania Mirza

NEW YORK: Swiss veteran Martina Hingis and India’s Sania Mirza crowned a stunning year for their partnership on Sunday by winning their ninth title at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

The top seeds beat Spain’s eighth seeds Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-3 in 66 minutes a spectacular season finale and completely outclassed their Spanish counterparts. The Indo-Swiss pair have not lost as a single match since joining forces in March.

Before this, Sania and Martina had won eight titles, with two Grand Slam titles (Wimbledon, US Open), five WTA Premier titles (BNP Paribas Open – Indian Wells, Miami Open, Family Circle Cup – Charleston, Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, China Open – Beijing), and one WTA International title (Guangzhou International Women’s Open). They have now stretched their unbeaten streak to 22 matches.

“I feel like it was a perfect day,” Hingis said. “Sania just played out of her mind – she was everywhere today, getting everything back and playing incredible tennis.”

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