Sunday, September 10, 2017

Martina Hingis & Yung Jan Chan U.S. Open Ladies Doubles Champions!

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NEW YORK, NY, USA -- One day after claiming the mixed doubles at the 2017 US Open, Martina Hingis clinched her 13th women's doubles Grand Slam championship -- and brought a brand new partner into the circle of major winners.

Chan Yung-Jan and Hingis disposed of the Czech team of Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday. The Taiwanese/Swiss pairing claim their seventh title of the year, and their first Grand Slam as partners.

It was also Chan's first Grand Slam title ever, after twice being a women's doubles runner-up, as well as a one-time mixed doubles finalist. By contrast, this was Hingis' 25th Grand Slam title, when you combine the Hall of Famer's exploits amongst singles, doubles, and mixed.

It was a powerful performance by the No.2-seeded team, who never faced a break point in the match. Chan and Hingis got the pivotal break at 2-1 in the first set and did not look back from there.

24 hours after winning mixed doubles with Jamie Murray, her 24th career Grand Slam, Martina Hingis wins her 25th.  Tying her in 4th place all-time with the great Billie Jean King. 

So that make it 13 women's doubles, 5 in singles and 7 in mixed for Hingis.  

Talk about a great early birthday present, Hingis is just a few weeks shy of her 37th (Sept. 30). 

It's also lucky #7 for Chan and Hingis as a team, having won; Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome, Mallorca, Eastbourne & Cincinnati. 

That's titles on all 4 surfaces.  Absolutely outstanding.  But even more impressive, they won this one without losing a set!.  

This match may have been somewhat one sided, but it did not lack in some awesome shot making and rallies at the net, particularly from Chan who was just on fire today. 

And of course Martina who clinched the match with another one of her trade mark backhands down the line at championship point.

Hard to believe that 20 years ago on this day Martina Hingis won her 1st and only U.S. Open singles title as a teenager, beating Venus Williams. 

And all these years later she still has that same joy, talent and drive to capture yet more titles. Simply inspirational. 

Congratulations on your first Grand Slam together ladies!.  You've proven unstoppable as a team this year, an absolute thrill to watch on court.  

Here's to continued success for the remainder of the tennis season.

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