Tennis ace Sania Mirza gave Indian sports-lover another moment to cherish when she partnered with Swiss legend Martina Hingis to lift the women’s doubles title of the Miami Masters at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park on Sunday night.
Sania’s victory came a few days after badminton star Saina Nehwal briefly became the world number one after winning the Indian Open Super Series title last week.
Sania-Hingis won in straight sets 7-5, 6-1 against the second-seeded Russian duo of Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova.
An ecstatic Sania tweeted pictures of the trophy, one showing Hingis biting into the glassware and Sania poised to kiss it. “Champions in Miami…. title number 25,” the caption said.
It was Sania’s 25th career title and first at the Crandon Park while Hingis notched up her fourth victory in Miami and her 43rd doubles title.
Sania-Hingis had earlier won the at Indian Wells after winning at Sydney with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
In the Miami final, the Indian-Swiss faced a tough first set when the Russian duo broke serve thrice to be down 2-5. But Sania-Hingis then showed why they are such a force, taking the next five sets to win 7-5.
However, the Russians had no clue in the second set as the top seeds hit top gear to wrap up the match in just over an hour.
Sania and Hingis will next have a crack the Family Circle Cup starting later week.
The Indian had won the title in 2011 with Elena Vesnina.
In the men’s final at Miami, big-serving Serbian Novak Djokovic, the top seed, defeated Andy Murray of Britain, 7-6, 4-6, 6-0.
In the women’s final, world number one Serena Williams joined an elite club, winning her eighth Miami WTA title with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-0 win over Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro.