Martina Hingis is a champion at the Sony Open again.
The 33-year-old Swiss Miss teamed with German Sabine Lisicki to capture the 2014 Sony Open Tennis doubles title on Sunday, and put the cap on a magical run during the last 12 days.
Hingis and Lisicki came back from a set down to capture their first title together 4-6, 6-4 and won 10-5 in the super tiebreak as they defeated No. 2 seed Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the final, in what was just the latest riveting match for the pair. It was Hingis' fifth Sony Open title, and her third in doubles.
"I definitely did not think I would be standing here," Hingis said, when asked if she could have ever imagined that the pair would win the doubles title. "Hopefully, I'll be back."
Less than a month after they lost in the first round at Indian Wells, Hingis and Lisicki were given a wildcard to play in the tournament and made the most of it. Lisicki gave thanks to Sony Open Tournament Director Adam Barrett for granting them the wildcard and her opponents for a compelling final. "It was a fun and close match," she said.
The early afternoon crowd at Crandon Park delighted as Hingis and last year's Wimbledon singles finalist battled back yet again to snatch victory from seeming defeat. But from the onset Makarova and Vesnina made it clear they would not let Hingis' status as an all-time great affect their play, as they broke her at love in the first game and took the first seven points of the Swiss Miss' serve overall on their way to a first set victory. The powerful Russians jumped out to a 4-2 and 5-3 lead and came back down 15-40 on Vesnina's serve to win three straight points and take the first set.
But just as they have done all tournament, Hingis and Lisicki wouldn't go away quietly as they took a 3-2 lead in the second set with both players finding their form on serve before holding on for a 6-4 second set win.
In the super tiebreak, both Lisicki and Hingis came up big as they won the last seven points after going down 3-5. Lisicki showed quick hands for a volley winner to even the score at 5-5 and then put her team up 6-5. Then it was Hingis' turn as she put away a sitter to make it 8-5 and then hit a fantastic lob to give the pair five match points. A double fault gave the pair their first win together.
Hingis and Lisicki started out the tournament by defeating No. 8 seed Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Safarova in the first round, beat Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova in the quarterfinals -- including saving 7 match points -- then took out the No. 5 seed Cara Black and Sania Mirza in the semifinals.
The pair looks destined for more success on the tour as the power of the German and the crafty skill of Hingis combined well at the Sony and they've left the door open for more tournaments, including Grand Slams.
Hingis came out of retirement again last year to participate in doubles on the WTA Tour. Her run at the Sony Open with longtime friend is the best she has performed in her latest comeback.