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Cheer up, Santina fans! Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis to play WTA finals together

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 August 2016, 10:36 IST

The world's number 1 doubles pair, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis, said on 11 August that they would continue playing together till the end of the WTA Championship season.

The top-ranked pair had previously announced their decision to split up and play with different partners.

The Indo-Swiss pair began playing together in 2015. They won the 2015 Wimbledon and US Open titles as well as 2016 Australian Open - a feat which took their number of wins up to 41.

But their 41-match win streak ended in Qatar this year as they lost in the fourth round at Roland Garros and Wimbledon quarter-finals.

In a joint statement Sania and Martina, or SanTina as they are fondly known, took to Twitter to say:

"After three Grand Slam victories and 11 WTA doubles titles together, we have mutually agreed that we would be open to playing with other players for the remainder of the season. Perhaps, because of our great results, we have had very high expectations and unfortunately did not get the results we desired recently. We would like to clarify that it was a totally professional decision based purely on our recent results."

"The professional decision has not and will not in any way affect the wonderful personal relationship that we continue to share".

"We also look forward to defending our title in the year-end WTA Finals in Singapore in October for which 'Santina' has already qualified," the post read.

At the end of the season, Hingis will pair up with Coco Vandeweghe of the United States while Mirza will pair up with Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.

First published: 11 August 2016, 10:36 IST
 
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