Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis win Wimbledon women’s doubles title…..Leander Paes wins 16th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon… Sumit Nagal wins Wimbledon boys’ doubles title
NEW DELHI: Indian tennis players making their presence felt in the Grand Slam as legendary Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and youngster Sumit Nagal cruised to Wimbledon titles with their respective partners at All England Club over the past weekend.
World number one Sania created history by becoming the first Indian to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam title with Swiss partner Martina Hingis in London. Hingis, 34, and 28-year-old Sania came from a set down and 2-5 behind in the final set to beat Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5.
Sania now has at all majors trophy in her kitty – Wimbledon (2015 – Doubles), US Open (2014 – Mixed doubles), French Open (2012 – Mixed doubles) and Australian Open (2009 – Mixed doubles). Sania praised the support she and Hingis received throughout the tournament and hoped her win will have a positive impact back home in cricket-mad India. “I hope it inspires a lot of girls and makes them believe they can be Grand Slam champions too,” she said.
17-year old Nagal also made his country proud by entering into the history books as only sixth Indian to win a Grand Slam junior title after winning the boys doubles trophy with Vietnamese Nam Hoang Ly on Sunday. The duo overcame the fourth seeds Reilly Opelka and Akira Santillan 7-6(4), 6-4 in the title clash that lasted 63 minutes. Yuki Bhambri was the last Indian to taste success at the top level in junior tennis when he won the Australian Open boys singles title in 2009.
A vintage Paes concluded the championship with his 16th Grand Slam title and gave India their third trophy this year’s Wimbledon after clinching the mixed doubles title with Swiss ace Hingis. Paes and Hingis, seeded sixth, drubbed the fifth seeded Austrian-Hungarian team of Alexander Peya and Timea Babos 6-1, 6-1 in the lop-sided summit clash which was over in just 40 minutes on Sunday.
It was Paes’ eighth mixed doubles title and second with Hingis after the Australian Open early this year. The 42-year-old Indian has eight men’s doubles crowns in his Grand Slam collection.