Leander Paes, Martina Hingis win mixed doubles title at Wimbledon
India’s Leander Paes and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis comfortably beat Alexander Peya of Austria and Timea Babos of Hungary 6-1, 6-1 to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles title at The All England Lawn Tennis Club on Sunday.The win gave Paes his 16th Grand Slam trophy and Hingis her second title at Wimbledon in two days, having won the women’s doubles title with India’s Sania Mirza on Saturday.
Top seeds Sania Mirza of India and Martina Hingis of Switzerland beat second-seeded Russian pair of Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5 to win the ladies’ doubles title at Wimbledon to win their first Grand Slam title as a team.
The seventh-seeded Indo-Swiss pair’s drubbing of the fifth-seeded Austrian-Hungarian team was over in just 40 minutes.
It was Paes’ eighth mixed doubles title and second with Hingis. They won the Australian Open earlier this year. 42-year-old Paes also has eight men’s doubles crowns in his Grand Slam collection. Paes’ win capped an incredibly successful Wimbledon for India with three titles this year. Sumit Nagal won the junior boys’ doubles trophy with Vietnam’s Nam Hoang Ly.
Overall it was 18th Grand Slam title for Hingis and her third in mixed doubles.
Hingis was back on court less than 24 hours after her win with Mirza but she showed no signs of fatigue. She served well and was terrific at the net, complementing Paes perfectly.
Paes and Hingis toyed with Peya and Babos, who surprisingly failed to put up any resistance. Paes and Hingis pocketed the first set in just 19 minutes.
The pair broke Babos in the fourth game and Peya in the sixth for a 5-1 cushion. Hingis served out the set when Paes smashed a volley winner.
Paes and Hingis kept the pressure on the Austrian-American combination right from the first game of the second set.
Peya failed to negotiate a Paes return at deuce, and the seventh seeds grabbed the break point opportunity. Babos could not handle a Hingis return and the Indo-Swiss pair got an early break.
There was no stopping them from there as they raced to victory in less than an hour.
Babos failed to hold her serve even once and it was on her return that Paes hit a deft backhand volley winner to close the contest