Leander Paes and Martina Hingis created a slice of history as they became the first pair since 1969 to win three grand slam mixed doubles titles. The pair defeated American duo Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in the US Open finals in New York on Friday.
Paes also became the most successful Indian mixed doubles player as he overtook Mahesh Bhupathi in the open era with nine grand slam titles. “Martina is a legend on and off the court,” said Paes, whose first stint in New York gave him the boy’s title in 1991. “She’s my best friend. She’s just fantastic”, he added.
The Swiss Hingis however has one more opportunity to add to her growing list of titles as she will feature in the women’s doubles finals along with Sania Mirza on Sunday. “I just love to play tennis and I am fortunate to have Leander as my partner,” said Hingis.
The tournament however bid goodbye to one of the greatest singles player of all times – Serena Williams as she crashed to a shock defeat against Vinci. Serena was gunning for a career grand-slam this US Open but could not make it to the finals going down to the Italian in three sets.