Dip in form: Sania, Hingis end successful partnership

Tennis’ top-ranked doubles pair to team up once for WTA Championships title defence

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The self-styled “Santina” team has claimed 14 titles, including wins at Wimbledon, and the US and Australian Opens. PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO: India’s Sania Mirza and Swiss veteran Martina Hingis, the world’s top ranked doubles team, have announced their intention to split, although they will reform for the end-of-season WTA Championships.

The pair started playing together in 2015 and won their first three tournaments before capturing the 2015 Wimbledon and US Open titles as well as this year’s Australian Open.

But their 41-match win streak ended in Qatar this year and they were defeated in the fourth round at Roland Garros and Wimbledon quarter-finals.

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“After three grand slam victories and 11 WTA doubles titles together, we have mutually agreed that we would be open to playing with other players for the remainder of the season,” wrote Hingis and Sania in a joint statement posted on Twitter. “Perhaps, because of our great results, we have had very high expectations and unfortunately did not get the results we desired recently. We would like to clarify that it was a totally professional decision based purely on our recent results.”

It is understood that Hingis will now play with Coco Vandeweghe of the US while Sania joins up with Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic for the remainder of the regular season.

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“We also look forward to defending our title in the year-end WTA Finals in Singapore in October for which ‘Santina’ (their combined nickname) has already qualified,” they added.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2016.

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