Leander Paes, Martina Hingis Win US Open Mixed Doubles Title
Leander Paes and Swiss Martina Hingis became the first team since 1969 to win three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in the same season at the US Open. All images courtesy AFP.
Leander Paes and Swiss Martina Hingis became the first team since 1969 to win three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in the same season at the US Open. (All images courtesy AFP).
The fourth seeds defeated American duo Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 to add the New York crown to their wins at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Paes, 42, has also passed his former doubles partner, Mahesh Bhupathi, as the most successful mixed doubles champion in the Open Era with nine Grand Slam titles.
It was his 17th title in total at the majors while Hingis, 34, now has 19 from five singles, 10 women's doubles and four mixed.
"I just love to play tennis and I am fortunate to have Leander as my partner," said Hingis after the match.
Paes and Hingis have fine-tuned their teamwork by playing together for Washington in the World Team Tennis league.
"Martina is a legend on and off the court," said Paes, who first played in New York in 1991 when he won the boys title.
"She's my best friend. She's just fantastic."