Switzerland’s Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza of India beat Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 in the Wimbledon 2015 finals early this morning (IST) coming back from the brink of the defeat. The match lasted nearly two and a half hours. The first seed women’s doubles pair did an incredible task of turnaround for this victory. After losing the first set, Hingis and Mirza edged a closely-fought second set in the tie-break and then came back from 5-2 down in the third, winning five successive games to secure the title. Martina Hingis won her first Wimbledon title in 17 years as she won the Wimbledon title way back in 1998. This was an historic win and first ever Wimbledon title for Sania Mirza who is the number one-ranked female doubles player and Hingis ranked the second. For the Indian Tennis lovers keeping awake past midnight till 01:30 AM on Sunday the 12th July was worth the wait.
Hingis & Sania won the toss and elected to serve. First game, served by Sania, was broken by the Russian pair. However top seeds did take long breaking service as Vesnina who opened the service for the Russians lost three points as Hingis and Sania were leading 40-0 soon. Though they gave away next point to make the score 40-15, but broke the service taking following point. Third game by Hingis was won comfortably without giving even a single point. The fourth game was held by Makarova / Vesnina just giving one point to make it 2-2. Fifth to ninth games were held by serving pairs. In the ninth game served by Sania a volley by Makarova was missed by Hingis giving a bit of jolt but soon they managed to recover and hold the serve. In the tenth game score was going 30-30 giving the spectators a hope of service break but taking next 2 points. Russians also held their serve. The 11th game served by Martina Hingis’s was broken just giving one point. Twelfth game served by left handlers Makarova was held and the Russians pair took the first set at 7-5 that lasted for 38 minutes.
In the second set first game was held by 3 god serves from Sania easily. Russian pair held their serve. A nice volley by Sania took them to 40-15 and win in the third game. The fourth game served by Makarova went into second Duce raising some hope of service break but was held by Russians to make it 2-2. Then the games were played even as serving pairs held services until it reached 6-6. In the tie break Hingis and Sania led 3-0 to start with. Then the Russians caught up taking 3 successive points from 5-1 to 5-4. Finally Hingis and Sania dominated the game to make it 6-4 and win at 7-5.
The third set appeared to be going Russian’s way as they were leading 5-2 with two service breaks. Then came the miraculous turn around by Mirza and Martina who took five successive games breaking the opponent’s service twice to every ones utter joy and surprise. The Russian’s were under pressure for the first time ever in this match. Martina used her experience and covered from the back very well.