Tennis - Former World No. 1 Martina Hingis and Italy's Flavia Pennetta combined to win the first title of their partnership, winning the WTA Wuhan Open on Saturday in a thrilling final over Cara Black and Caroline Garcia.
Hingis and Pennetta let go off four matchpoints in the second set, then saved two matchpoints in the match tie-breaker before finally emerging 6-4, 5-7, 12-10 winners over the scratch pairing of Black/ Garcia. Black's regular partner on the circuit Sania Mirza did not make the trip to Wuhan as she is participating in the Asian Games in Korea.
Hingis and Pennetta were playing only their fifth tournament together as a team - they were runners-up at the recent US Open and the Eastbourne Championships in June.
With the win, the duo move closer to one of the final berths at the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore, where the top eight teams of the season qualify. Hingis and Pennetta will climb to ninth place in the race to Singapore. Hingis said in her post-match interview that she loved playing at the tournament and had a fantastic week in Wuhan, which is holding a WTA event for the first time.
Hingis and Pennetta now travel to Beijing for the WTA China Open and will hope to make a further push for one of the eight berths in Singapore. ALSO READ - HINGIS SAYS SHE WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY LIMITED DOUBLES SCHEDULE IN 2015