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Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis enter Women's Doubles final at WImbledon

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 11 July 2015, 13:11 IST

Sania Mirza is one win away from her maiden doubles crown at the Grand Slam stage. The top seeded pairing of Mirza and her Swiss partner, Martina Hingis, advanced to the women's doubles final at Wimbledon with a straight-sets win over American fifth seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears. The match lasted 56 minutes, a shade under an hour. Mirza and Hingis saved all three break points in the match.

Sania Mirza has three mixed doubles Grand Slam titles to her name - 2009 Australian Open, 2012 French Open and 2014 US Open - but lost in the doubles final of the 2011 French Open.

Mirza has been on a roll in 2015 with her partner Hingis. She began the year with a rank of number 6 in the world but rose through the ranks to become the first Indian to be ranked number 1 in WTA's doubles rankings. She holds a 33-10 record this year along with 4 titles. Overall Mirza has 26 doubles titles to her name.

In the finals on Sunday, the number one seeded pair will face second seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. It is expected to be a tough match for the Indo-Swiss pair but with the backing of the entire nation of India, Mirza certainly has the edge for her first ever doubles Grand Slam title.

Ironically, Mirza will be facing Vesnina, whom she partnered with in the 2011 French Open final. The pair lost 4-6, 3-6, to Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka. Mirza will be looking to erase that memory and win a doubles Grand Slam title for the first time ever.

First published: 11 July 2015, 13:11 IST
 
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Sahil is a correspondent at Catch. A gadget freak, he loves offering free tech support to family and friends. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, New York and worked previously for Scroll. He selectively boycotts fast food chains, worries about Arsenal, and travels whenever and wherever he can. Sahil is an unapologetic foodie and a film aficionado.

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