Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis stormed into the Madrid Open finals, beating Vania King and AllaKudryavtseva 6-2, 6-0. The top seeds, who were knocked out of the Indian Wells in the second round by the American-Russian duo, cruised through the match in under an hour. They will face Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic in the finals.
In the opening set of the match, SanTina—as they call themselves—did not allow their opponents to hold their serve even once. The Indo-Swiss pair led the second set 4-0, before cruising to the finish. In the last year, they have lost to only four teams, including King and Kudryavtseva.
This is the second consecutive final Mirza and Hingis are in. They previously finished as runners-up in Stuttgart. The two ended their record 41-straight win streak in February at the Quatar Open. This included the three Grand Slams they won, Wimbledon, US Open and the Australian Open. In 2016, they have emerged victorious in four titles including the Brisbane and St Petersburg tournaments. They are looking to clinch the French Open title to achieve a Grand Slam year.
Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic overcameighth seeds Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-3 in the other semifinal to find a berth in the finals.The finals will be played on May 7 at 6.30 PM IST.
Separately,Sania Mirza has penned her autobiography which is slated to hit the stands in July. Titled “Ace Against Odds”, it chronicles her journey to the top in women’s doubles rankings. It is written by Mirza and her father Imran Mirza. It will be published by Harper Collins.