Wimbledon: Leander Paes has overcome age yet again by clinching the mixed doubles crown at Wimbledon and this is his 16th Grand Slam title. He had been teamed up with Swiss partner Martina Hingis.
The seventh seeded pair came together to crush the fifth seeded Austrian-Hungarian pair of Alexander Peya and Timea Babos with a final score of 6-1, 6-1 at Centre Court here on Sunday.
Paes has bagged the mixed doubles title at the All England Club for the fourth time. In 1999, he won it for the first time in 1999 with American Lisa Raymond, followed by the one in 2003 when he teamed the legendary Martina Navratilova and in 2010 with Zimbabwean player Cara Black. 1999 was a great year for him, as he also won the men’s doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi that year. Till date, he has won eight mixed doubles and eight men’s doubles Grand Slam titles.
On the other hand, Hingis has won the singles crown in 1997, followed by the doubles trophies in 1996, 1998 and 2015, with the current one coming with partner Sania Mirza from India.
Paes-Hingis dominated the match right from its beginning, breaking the opponents on five occasions in the match. In fact, they won 55 out of the total 75 points played in the match. The Indian brigade registered another success when 17 year old Sumit Nagal bagged the Wimbledon boys’ doubles title with Vietnamese partner Nam Hoang Ly. They beat American-Japanese team of Reilly Opelka and Akira Santillan by 7-6(4), 6-4 in the final.