1. Leander Paes wins Australian Open mixed doubles, says ‘treat to play with Martina Hingis’

Leander Paes wins Australian Open mixed doubles, says ‘treat to play with Martina Hingis’

Leander Paes and Martina Hingis, two legends of the game, were all praise for each other after wining their first Grand Slam together, the Australian Open mixed doubles, as Indian ace called it a “treat to win title” with the ‘Swiss Miss’. Lander Paes, contesting his 25th season on the ATP World Tour, and the […]

By: | Melbourne | Published: February 1, 2015 9:44 PM
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Martina Hingis (top) of Switzerland hugs Leander Paes of India as they celebrate defeating Kristina Mladenovic of France and Daniel Nestor of Canada to win their mixed doubles final match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne February 1, 2015. REUTERS

Leander Paes and Martina Hingis, two legends of the game, were all praise for each other after wining their first Grand Slam together, the Australian Open mixed doubles, as Indian ace called it a “treat to win title” with the ‘Swiss Miss’.

Lander Paes, contesting his 25th season on the ATP World Tour, and the Swiss ace defeated defending champions Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

Interestingly, it was 16th career Grand Slam title for Martina Hingis while Leander Paes won his 15th title.

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Martina Hingis (top) of Switzerland hugs Leander Paes of India as they celebrate defeating Kristina Mladenovic of France and Daniel Nestor of Canada to win their mixed doubles final match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne February 1, 2015. REUTERS

It was third Australian Open mixed double title for Leander Paes, who won with Martina Navratilova in 2003 and with Cara Black in 2010.

“It’s a great honour to keep coming back to Australia. It’s a treat to play with Martina. I finally managed to learn some things from her returns and returned half decently today. It’s intriguing,” Paes said.

Paes also paid tribute to his team behind the scenes. “There are a few people who got us together. All you guys back home who put us together to win our first Grand Slam, thank you,” the 41-year-old said.

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Martina Hingis (top) of Switzerland hugs Leander Paes of India as they celebrate defeating Kristina Mladenovic of France and Daniel Nestor of Canada to win their mixed doubles final match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne February 1, 2015. REUTERS

Hingis, who has seven Australian Open trophies including three singles titles in her glittering career, joked,”Martina (Navratilova) – thank you for lending me Leander!” as Navratilova who watched the match from the stands smiled.

Talking about the Indian, the Swiss legend said,”I think we even grew with every match – the confidence, the teamwork, the suggestions we had, one or the other, we really trust each other. I think that was the key in every match.”

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