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Leander Paes gunning for his 16th Grand Slam title alongside Swiss partner Martina Hingis

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 12 July 2015, 16:02 IST
Sania Mirza won her 4th Grand Slam title on 11 July. On 12 July, another Indian, Leander Paes, will be gunning for his 16th Grand Slam title. He is playing the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon. Paes, partnering Hingis, will take on fifth-seeds Alexander Peya and Timea Babos. The match will take place after the conclusion of the men's singles final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Paes has three Wimbledon mixed doubles titles to his name while Hingis has never even reached the finals before 2015. If Hingis wins, she would have two championships at the same Grand Slam for the fourth time in her career. Paes has won seven mixed doubles titles, while he ended up on the losing side on eight occasions.

At the age of 42, Paes may well be on his way out sooner rather than later, and partnering Hingis has given him his best shot to win another Grand Slam title. It should be noted that he did win the mixed doubles title with Hingis back in the Australian Open this year. Paes and Hingis were on top of their game with an easy straight sets victory over the number 1 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mike Bryan in their semi-final match. The same cannot be said for their opponents. Peya and Babos were stretched to the limit. They won 11-9 in the third against Robert Lindstedt and Anabel Medina Garrigues and would possibly be a lot more tired than the Indo-Swiss pair.

The whole of India will be cheering on Leander Paes and Martina Hingis in the final, and if they come out on top, India will have two Grand Slam title winners to be proud of.

First published: 12 July 2015, 16:02 IST
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