NEW YORK: Martina Hingis and Leander Paes got the better of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 to win the mixed doubles US Open title, here on Friday.
The No. 4 seeds Indian-Swiss pair continued their mixed doubles mastery at this year's majors as they got the better of all-American duo, giving them a third Grand Slam mixed title together in 2015 -- the other two being the Australian Open and the Wimbledon.
The win also gave Paes' his second mixed doubles title at the US Open and the ninth mixed doubles title of his career. Now he the Indian veteran has more Grand Slam mixed doubles title than any other man in the Open era. Only Martina Navratilova holds more titles with 10.
Paes and Hingis also became the first mixed doubles team since 1969 to win three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in the same year.
“It's awesome. To walk away with three Grand Slam titles this season, it's amazing. I'm so lucky and fortunate to have Leander as a partner on my side. The understanding we have for the game, like for each other, how we cover the court at the net, baseline, whatever works, it's amazing. Even if one thing doesn't work we come with plan B or C like it was today,” said Hingis after the win.
Meanwhile, Paes said, “I know if I can keep Martina happy, if I can keep her relaxed, I don't even have to worry about tennis. This young girl is phenomenal on the tennis court and off of it. We actually have our best times when we are on the practice court. I don't believe that I personally have the technique or the caliber of talent that Martina has. One thing I do have is the guts. I will go for it. It's been part of my whole life. I am just trying to find a way to succeed.”
Inputs: Official US Open website.