Melbourne: The No. 1-ranked team of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza have won the Australian Open doubles title, beating the Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (1), 6-3 to extend their winning streak to 36 matches on the way to a third Grand Slam title together.
The Sania-Martina juggernaut, that began in August last year, showed no signs of abetting at the Melbourne Park. They continued their supreme form and grabbed their eighth successive title, and 12th overall, in 109 minutes.
They began 2016 by winning in Brisbane and Sydney.
The first set was evenly contested on Friday as both teams tried to seize the initiative. It took Sania and Martina 62 minutes to determine its fate, an indicator of severe nature of the battle.
Both teams won four break points in the first set and were even in almost every aspect.
The Indo-Swiss pair hit 17 winners, one less than their opponents, and committed 17 unforced errors, one more than them. But won 50 of the total 96 points played in the first set.
Each point was fiercely fought as several long rallies were played with the action unfolding at a swift pace. The set went its full distance and Sania-Hingis were at their dominant best in the tie-break, clinching it 7-1.
They carried forward the momentum in the second set and broke immediately to jump to a 2-0 lead, converting their second break point.
The World No.1 doubles team intensified their pressure and broke again, in the fifth game, to jump to a commanding 4-1 scoreline.
But the Czech pair refused to bow without a fight and promptly broke back twice to make it 5-3. But it only spurred Sania-Martina, dubbed SanTina by their fans, as they closed out the contest in the next service game.
SanTina earlier beat German-Czech 13th seeds Julia Goerges and Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 6-0 in the semi-finals.
With IANS Inputs