LONDON — Martina Hingis and partner Sania Mirza produced a stirring fightback to claim the Wimbledon women's doubles title under the Centre Court roof lights on Saturday.
The 34-year-old former Swiss Miss, who won the singles in 1997 and has returned to the doubles circuit with great success after coming out of retirement, held her serve to seal a 5-7 7-6(4) 7-5 win over Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.
The match had been stopped at 5-5 in the third set to allow the roof to be shut as darkness fell on the All England Club.
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Mirza was playing her first doubles final at Wimbledon while former world singles number one Hingis lifted the trophy with Helena Sukova in 1996 and Jana Novotna in 1998.
Congrats #SaniaMirza.What a great achievement.What a proud moment for all Indians— Anoop Chathoth (@anoopc) July 12, 2015
"This is above my expectations," Hingis told reporters. "I had a great partner to pull me through.
"It takes guts and courage being 5-2 down in the third set. Couldn't have asked for more drama."
Earlier Dutch/Romanian duo Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau won the men's doubles beating Andy Murray's older brother Jamie and John Peers of Australia 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4.
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Rojer and Tecau, the fourth seeds, were playing in their first grand slam final as a pair.
Tecau avoided becoming the second player in the professional era to lose his first four Wimbledon finals after American Stan Smith. Tecau was runner-up in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
"I was extremely happy," Tecau said. "Very emotional to lose those finals because this is one of my favorite tournaments. I won it here as a junior twice. I wanted to come back and win it as a professional."