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Hingis wins Wimbledon doubles

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2015 | 8:07 PM


Martina Hingis is a Wim-bledon champion once again, 17 years - exactly half her life - after the last time.

Already a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame on the merits of her "first" career in the sport, Hingis teamed with Sania Mirza to win the women's doubles final at the All England Club by beating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5 yesterday.

The 34-year-old Hingis added to her collection of Wimbledon trophies that includes the singles title from 1997, plus the women's doubles titles from 1996 and 1998. The latter was her last appearance in a final at Wimbledon.

"It feels like it was in another life," Hingis said.

"Usually, you're lucky to win it once or happy to be out here and play on the Wimbledon grounds," Hingis said. "It's above my expectations."

She'll get a chance to earn yet another trophy today, when she and Leander Paes face Timea Babos and Alexander Peya in the mixed doubles final.

And to think: A few years ago, Hingis was taking part in the "Legends" tournament for former players.

"I wouldn't have thought (then) that I'll be back, playing the finals here," she said.

The No. 1-seeded Hingis and Mirza trailed 5-2 in the final set before taking the last five games against the second-seeded Makarova and Vesnina, who won last year's US Open.

"It takes guts and courage being 5-2 down in the third set," said Hingis, who held serve to win the match, then began leaping up and down on court. "Couldn't have asked for more drama."