Paes-Hingis Clinch Australian Open Mixed-Doubles Crown

Paes and Hingis turned back the clock to post a sensational win in the Australian Open mixed-doubles final, improve their Grand Slam count to 15.

Published: 01st February 2015 12:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st February 2015 03:32 PM   |  A+A-

Leander-Paes

In this file photo, Leander Paes is seen returning a shot. (File Photo)

By PTI

MELBOURNE: Indian veteran Leander Paes and Swiss ace Martina Hingis turned back the clock to post a sensational win in the Australian Open mixed-doubles final and improve their respective Grand Slam count to 15.

The seventh seed Indo-Swiss pair played powerful tennis to serve past third seeds Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-3 in the 1 hour and 2 minutes battle at the Rod Laver Arena.

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While the 41-year-old Paes clinched his seventh mixed doubles crown, Hingis, who came out of retirement for the second time a couple of years back, collected her tenth doubles Slam apart from her five singles titles.

Paes and Hingis broke the Canadian-French pair of Nestor and Kristina once in the first set and twice in the second to put up an entertaining display.

Paes, a veteran doubles specialist, joined forces with the 34-year-old Hingis last year only to come up with a Slam title in quick time.

Hingis, who burst into the scene in 1995, thanked her idol and legend Martina Navratilova for suggesting Paes as her mixed-doubles partner.

"I am thankful to Martina (Navratilova) for getting me partner Paes. It's incredible to be playing on the surface that I made my debut in 1995. I never imagined that 20 year's down-the-line I would be still be playing here," said an excited Hingis - winner of three singles Australian Open titles.

Navratilovia, who also partnered Paes to clinch the Australian Open and Wimbledon mixed-doubles crown in 2003, was in the stands to watch the tennis veterans play.

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