On a balmy Friday Melbourne evening, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won their 36th WTA Ladies Doubles match in a row. This is doubles domination like rarely before. And an Indian tennis player is at the forefront. It is no small matter that her partner is perhaps the best touch player in the history of the game – and one of the legendary young Singles players of the 90s (209 weeks as No. 1) before a premature retirement. It was Hingis who had ended Steffi Graf’s domination, and now, in her mid-30s and her second comeback, after a dope ban and a drug problem half a decade ago, here she is – piling on the titles like she had never left.
They haven’t lost a match since winning Wimbledon 2015. This is their third Grand Slam victory in a row – after they had reached the title matches of the Australian Open and French Open earlier in the year. Coincidentally, it was the Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka who had defeated them in Paris. Here, they lost to the Indo-Swiss World No. 1s in straight sets. The gap is only widening.
After winning 10 titles in 2015, in their first year together as partners, they have started 2016 by winning at Brisbane and Sydney, before now conquering Melbourne. Let’s take a look at some stunning numbers:
100: Number of Singles (43), Doubles (53) and Mixed Doubles (4) titles won by Hingis since 1997.
12: Number of Doubles Grand Slam titles won by Hingis since 1997. This was her fifth Australian Open doubles title.
5: Number of Grand Slams won by Hingis alone in 2015 (2 Doubles, 3 Mixed Doubles).
3: Number of Doubles Year-end WTA Championships Hingis has won.
2: Number of French Open Doubles titles she has won.
1: Number of French Open Mixed Doubles (2012) won by Sania Mirza.
6: Number of Grand Slam Doubles titles won by Sania Mirza (3 Doubles + 3 Mixed Doubles).
34: Number of titles won by Mirza in total.
109: World Record for the most consecutive number of Doubles matches won, set by Martina Navratilova and Pam Shirver.
22: Number of years it has taken a women’s doubles pair to put together a run of 36 consecutive matches.
1: World Ranking of both Mirza and Hingis in Doubles.
What’s more, Sania Mirza took the court only minutes after winning the Australian Open to compete in the Mixed Doubles semis with her partner Ivan Dodig – after defeating the favorite pair of Hingis and Paes in the quarters.