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India: Hometown of tennis legends

Indian tennis queen Sania Mirza has created a new chapter in the country’s glorious doubles history: Becoming the first female Indian tennis player to win a Grand Slam women’s doubles championship after winning Wimbledon 2015 with Martina Hingis.

With this title, Hingis attracted attention because she was 34 years old, returned recently and it was the first Wimbledon women’s doubles championship in 17 years of the former Miss Switzerland. However, with Indian and Asian tennis, Mirza’s glory is even more proud.

In the final match, the Mirza / Hingis pair made a spectacular comeback against the Russian pair E. Makarova / E. Vesnina 5-7, 7-6, 7-5 even though the decisive game was 2-5! This is a huge disappointment for two Russian female players after the beginning of the year, they also lost to the Italian pair S. Errani / R. Vinci in the final game of the 2015 Australian Open, despite leading 5-2.

Mirza’s doubles championship helped Asian tennis make their mark at Wimbledon after all players were eliminated in the singles. Since Li Na guarded the racket, Asian tennis at the Grand Slam tournaments only expected K.Nishikori, but the Japanese star also gave up early due to injury.

In fact, Mirza had won the Grand Slam three times in the mixed doubles, twice with fellow countryman Mahesh Bhupati (Australia Open 2009, France Open 2012) and once with Bruno Soares of Brazil in the US. Expanding 2014. She and Hingis from April 2015 rose to the world ranking of 1 female couple. What is special is that Mirza’s Wimbledon women’s doubles championship came 12 years after the now 28-year-old started her professional career and 12 years after winning the young women’s doubles championship also at Grand Slam on the grass in 2003. (with A.Kleybanova – Russia).