Great doubles pairs in the past have been characterised by their ability to come back from a lost cause or impossible situations. The Indo-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis did the same by showing their fighting spirit to win their first grand slam together as they won the Wimbledon women's doubles on Saturday defeating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina with the score reading 5-7, 7-6 (7-4) and 7-5.
Sania and Hingis were tested to the hilt by the second seeded Russian pair, but the top seeds remained firm and won the match, which slipped from their grip a few times.
After losing the first set, Sania and Hingis showed why they were the top seeds playing some brilliant tennis, but their efforts were matched by Makarova and Vesnina.
The second set could have decided the title in favour of the Russians, who somehow lost the second set in a tie-breaker. Even during the third set, Sania and Hingis were very close to losing the finals as they were down 5-2, but the Indo-Swiss pair raised their game to the next level and found fantastic momentum to win the next five games along with the 2015 Wimbledon doubles crown.
The manner in which the pair came back in the third set made the gathered audience stand up and applaud as they egged them on, which even helped them to push further.
Martina Hingis praised Sania Mirza for winning the doubles crown. "I had a great partner to pull me through. It takes guts and courage being down 5-2 in the third set and coming back to win. Couldn't have asked for more drama how to win it," WTA official website quoted Hingis as saying.
Along with this, Sania Mirza, who has a won a few mixed doubles grand slams, created history as she is the first Indian women to clinch the women doubles title. The 2015 Wimbledon title is her biggest title win so far after winning a number of WTA titles after partnering Hingis earlier in the year.
"To come out here at Wimbledon, this is something we dream of as kids," said Mirza. "Every kid that picks up a tennis racquet, it's about winning Wimbledon, or playing at Wimbledon one day."