Hingis-Lisicki Into Sony Doubles Final


Martina Hingis’ magical doubles run with partner Sabine Lisicki at the 2014 Sony Open Tennis continues as the pair overcame No. 5 seed Cara Black and Sania Mirza in the doubles semifinal on Stadium Court Friday 6-3, 6-4.

Hingis, a two-time singles and two-time doubles champion at the Sony Open, came out of retirement again last year to participate in doubles on the WTA Tour. Her run at the Sony Open with longtime friend and last year’s Wimbledon finalist is the best she has performed in her latest comeback.

On Friday afternoon, the pair proved too dynamic for Black and Mirza as they broke the No. 5 seeds four times in the opening set to take it 6-3. The second set was more of a challenge with Hingis and Lisicki going down 2-4 before reeling off the next four games to win the match and book a spot in Sunday’s Sony Open final.

They will be taking on the winner of the matchup between No. 2 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia versus No. 8 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears of the US.

The five-time singles Grand Slam winner and nine-time doubles Grand Slam champion has come out of retirement several times since first leaving the game in 2003. Hingis and Lisicki have known each other since the latter was 10 years old and traveled to Switzerland to practice with Hingis' mother.

Their latest victory was a relative breeze compared to their quarterfinal win, where the pair had to save 7 match points before they defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova 3-6, 7-6(7) and 10-7 in a match defining super tiebreak.