Friday, January 15, 2016

Martina Hingis & Sania Mirza survive, a record breaking 29 straight wins reach Sydney International Finals

SYDNEY, Australia - Top seeds Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza were trailing by a set and a break when rain interrupted their semifinal match with Yaroslava Shvedova and Raluca Olaru, but turned the tables upon resumption to win, 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 to capture a 29th straight match.

Team SanTina have not lost a match since the Western & Southern Open late last summer, and the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions have now surpassed Gigi Fernández and Natasha Zvereva's 1994 record of 28 straight victories and have now begun to chase an even bigger record. Back in 1990, the dynamic duo of Jana Novotna and Helena Sukova won a whopping 44 matches in a row.

"This is something that I dreamed about and I was hoping for," Hingis told press after the match. "I can only say it over and over again: It's something that's a priority. When I was playing singles, singles was the priority. I became No.1 there. For a time, I was No. 1 in both.

"Now I put 100% or 120% into this, and I think I that's what makes us this great doubles team. The chemistry is amazing. We don't always play super tennis, but we come out and find a solution. I think that's what makes us right now the best doubles in the world."

"Today the girls we were playing, they were playing probably the best I've seen them play," Mirza added. "Slava has won slams before, and Olaru was playing really well. We had to really put everything that we had and really come out with our A Game when we needed to, especially in that supertiebreak.

"It's not like because we've been winning so much we take it for granted really. We try every time. We're the hunted. Everyone plays their best against us, and we have to keep playing our best as well to win."

With titles at the Apia International Sydney and the Australian Open, SanTina could move their streak up to 36 straight, and would likely need at least another two titles to come close to passing such an elusive record.

In the meantime, the top seeds will face the winner of the second semifinal between No.3 seeds Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia, and the No.2 seeds, Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan. The Chan sisters are the last women to defeat Hingis and Mirza together in Cincinnati, but have fallen to the pair four times since then.

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