Doha: World No.1 doubles team Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza’s 41-match winning streak came to a halt as they lost to Russia's Elena Vesnina and Daria Kasatkina 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 in the quarterfinals of Qatar Total Open, here on Thursday.
"That was an amazing match for us," Vesnina said after the match. "We played against them just a week ago, and they're one of the greatest doubles teams we have in women's tennis. I think everything worked today for us to win, and we're just so excited about it.
The Indo-Swiss duo hadn’t lost a match after their triumph at the US Open, which would be the first of their nine straight titles as a team, including the China Open, the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, the Apia International Sydney, a third major title at the Australian Open and, most recently, the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy - where they beat Vesnina and Kasatkina in straight sets in the quarterfinals.
Had they won a 10th title in Doha, Hingis and Mirza would have tied Jana Novotna and Natasha Zvereva for the longest winning streak since 1990 at 44 match wins.
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