Melbourne - Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza added the Australian Open title on Friday
to their 2015 US Open and Wimbledon crowns as the rampantly successful
pair maintained their dominance of women's doubles.
veteran, 35, and her Indian partner, 29, were pushed hard by Czech duo
Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka but came through the battle 7-6
(7/1), 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena.
It stretched the top seeds' win
streak to 36 matches, the third best in WTA history and the longest
unbeaten run since Jana Novotna and Helen Sukova reached 44 in 1990.
longest win streak ever belongs to Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver,
who won an unprecedented 109 straight matches over a two-year period
"Thanks Sania, without you I wouldn't be here
today," said Hingis. "We've struggled through heat and rain this year
and it's been a tough tournament."
Mirza added: "We've had an
incredible year and we just want to keep going. Martina is an amazing
champion and it's a privilege for me to play with her."
roller coaster opening set where breaks were traded, the top seeds were
taken to a tiebreak but quickly got the upper hand and comfortably came
out on top 7-1.
They got an early break in the second set and the
seventh-seeded Hlavackova and Hradecka, playing together since 2008,
never looked like getting back in it.
There was a chink of light
when the Czech pair broke Hingis at 2-5 as she was serving for the
championship, but they were then broken themselves as the accolades went
to their opponents.
Hingis and Mirza have been hugely successful
since teaming up last March at Indian Wells, and the now world number
ones went on to reach 10 finals last season.
They opened their 2016 campaign by winning titles in Brisbane and Sydney, and now Melbourne.
was the 12th career Grand Slam doubles title for Hingis, who has now
won five Australian Opens (1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2016), two French
Opens (1998, 2000), three at Wimbledon (1996, 1998, 2015) and two on the
New York hardcourts in 1998 and 2015.
Mirza, married to former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, has won three, all with Hingis.