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Tennis: Paes, Hingis win Wimbledon mixed doubles

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Martina Hingis and veteran Leander Paes

Martina Hingis won her second Wimbledon title in two days when she and India veteran Leander Paes took the mixed doubles with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Alexander Peya and Timea Babos.

Hingis had won the women’s doubles with Sania Mirza on Saturday before coming back on Sunday to secure a 40-minute triumph.

Paes and Hingis had also won the Australian Open mixed doubles in January.

It was 42-year-old Paes’s eighth Grand Slam mixed title and a third for Swiss legend Hingis.

“With Leander, we played TeamTennis (in the United States) for the last two years. Since then it’s been a great ride for me. I feel already like quarter India,” said Hingis, whose last Wimbledon title before this weekend was back in 1998 in the women’s doubles.

“Been to India four times. I’m meeting the prime minister and everything.”

“It was incredible today, the chemistry between myself and Leander.”

For Paes, who played his first Wimbledon in 1993, it was a 16th Grand Slam doubles title.

“Australia was something brand‑new, something fresh, because it was the first time we were playing in a Grand Slam together,” he said.

“We played World TeamTennis for a couple years and we’re undefeated there. But to come and do it at Wimbledon is something really special.

“Everyone knows what Martina’s achieved over the years at Wimbledon. To come out there and do it back‑to‑back, the physical and mental effort that it takes to win two titles in the same week, is something really, really special.”

 

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