Doha - World number one doubles pairing
Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza lost for the first time in 41 matches, at the
Qatar Open on Thursday.
They went down 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 to Russian
pair Elena Vesnina and Daria Kasatkina in the quarter-finals.
Prior to the defeat in Doha, the last time
the pair, who have won three doubles Grand Slams in a row, had lost was way
back in Cincinatti last August.
The all-conquering pair had already shown
signs they were struggling this week in Doha, having edged through the previous
round in three sets against an unseeded Chinese pairing.
But their luck finally ran out against the
Russians despite a dominant first set performance.
Prior to Qatar, their form this year has
been magnificent and the Indo-Swiss pairing have already won four titles,
including titles in Brisbane and St Petersburg, as well as the Australian Open.
That was their third Grand Slam in a row
after Wimbledon and the US Open.
The pair are expected to try and make clean
sweep of the major titles later this year at the French Open.
Defeat for Hingis and Mirza came just hours
after men's world number one Novak Djokovic saw his run of 17 consecutive
finals end at nearby Dubai when he quit his quarter-final with an eye