Defending champions and top-seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis have booked their place in the year-end finals, in Singapore. The Indo-Swiss duo recently lost in the third round of the French Open to the unseeded Czech team of Barbora Krejcikova and Katarina Siniakova.
Mirza and Hingis started their teamwork in March last year before the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Prior to that Mirza had teamed up with Su-Wei Hsieh, with whom she’d had a string of early losses in tournaments. Hingis meanwhile had been partnering Flavia Pennetta.
Their pairing was quite successful, especially for the Indian, who became the first Indian woman to make her way into the top-five. The duo also remained undefeated for a total of nine tournaments and from the 2015 US Open until the St. Petersburg Trophy this year. Until their loss in the quarter-final of the Doha Open, the two had racked up an impressive total of 42 straight match wins.
A string of losses followed for them until the Rome Open where they won the title defeating the seventh seeded Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.
While the duo attempt to defend their win at Wimbledon, their qualification for the elite eight-team season-finale will be a boost to their confidence especially since they failed to complete the career Grand Slam at Roland Garros, a couple of weeks ago.