Sania-Martina Win Brisbane International Doubles


Canberra: Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis continued their dream run after beating German pair of Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 6-1 to clinch the Brisbane International doubles title on Saturday.

Sania and Martina pair took little over one hour to add another to their impressive collection.
The No. 1-ranked team faced stiff resistance from the German Wildcard pairing in the first set. But the top-seeded pair got back into grove and made light work of Kerber and Petkovic in the second to win their first title in 2016.

This is the Indo-Swiss pair’s 26th win in a row and the first title of 2016. They have now won six titles on the trot — the longest winning streak in the category since the 1994 season when Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva were on a 28 match-winning streak.

Also, this is the 29-year-old Sania’s second victory here after partnering American Bethanie Mattek-Sands all the way to the title in 2013 while Martina was the defending champion, having sealed the crown with German Sabine Lisicki last year.

The top seeds stormed into the finals with a win over Slovak-Russian combination of Andreja Klepac and Alla Kudryavtseva on Friday.

“It has been a long time since we have lost, but it’s never easy to start a new season, especially when you are coming off such a great season. Everyone is gunning for us – We are the hunted,” Sania said after winning the semifinal clash.