London: Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza came back from behind to beat two-time Grand Slam champions Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5 to win their first Grand Slam doubles title together at the Wimbledon Championships here on Saturday.
After losing the first set 5-7, Hingis and Mirza, who were playing just their second Grand Slam together, went on to win the second set 7-6 (4). But they fell behind 5-2 in the third set, a game away from going out. However, a fierce rally saw them draw level at 5-all.
The game was halted for a roughly half hour break due to fading light and the No.1-seeded Swiss-Indian duo came out stronger, breaking the No.2-seeded Russians for a gritty 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5 victory.
Hingis won her 10th Grand Slam doubles title, and first since the 2002 Australian Open with Anna Kournikova, and Mirza won her very first Grand Slam doubles title.
Mirza is now the first Indian ever to win a Grand Slam women's doubles title.