Hingis and Paes complete career mixed slam
Martina Hingis and Leander Paes have claimed the one mixed doubles trophy missing from their collection after beating Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig for the Roland-Garros title.
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis wrote their names into the record books with victory in the Roland-Garros mixed doubles final, beating Ivan Dodig and Sania Mirza 4-6, 6-4, [10-8] to complete their career mixed doubles slams.
The Indian-Swiss duo, now winners of four of the last six mixed doubles titles, were pushed all the way in an entertaining contest against Croatian Dodig and India's Mirza, who could end up playing with Paes at the Olympic Games in Rio.
"You guys are phenomenal champions," Paes, who played his only other mixed doubles final in Paris back in 2005, said during the trophy ceremony. "The way you carry yourselves is unbelievable.”
Paes, now with 10 mixed doubles titles, joins Australian duo Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge as the only men in the Open era to complete both the career doubles and mixed doubles slams. “This career Grand Slam goes out to one person, my father," the 42-year-old said. "I love you and thank you for everything.”
He then paid tribute to five-time mixed doubles champion Hingis, adding: "I love you like crazy. It’s a real pleasure to share this court with you."
Hingis is now closer than any other active player to the fabled 'boxed set' of Grand Slam titles. Of the 12 singles, doubles and mixed doubles trophies she has played for, only the Roland-Garros women's singles title is missing from her collection.
Hingis spared a thought for regular doubles partner Mirza, with whom she had been bidding to hold all four Grand Slam doubles titles with before their surprise defeat in the third round to eventual semi-finalists Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova.
"It’s never easy to play each other," Hingis said of Mirza. "At the start of the tournament we always say if we have to play each other it should be in the final. I am really sorry this time but I am sure we will play many more matches."