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Mirza - Hingis crowned 2016 Australian Open Champions

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The world no.1 doubles pairing of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won their third Grand Slam title together, adding the Australian Open to their collection with a hard earned 7-6 (1), 6-3 win over the 7th seeded Czech duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka. The win is Hingis' 10th Australian Open title, and her 5th in women's doubles. For Mirza, the win was her second Australian Open title, coming 7 years after she won the Mixed Doubles title, also her first Grand Slam title, with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.

The opening set was a very lopsided affair with Mirza and Hradecka holding serve to open the match, followed by 8 consecutive breaks of serve. While that made for plenty of close games, it wasn't particularly pretty tennis from either duo as unforced errors dominated the contest.

Martina Hingis was the first to drop serve, throwing in two double faults to end the game. In the very next game, Hlavackova went down 0-40 but managed to save all three break points before some good play by Hingis - first with a forehand volley winner, and then with a forhand crosscourt winner sealed the break back.

It was next Mirza's turn to drop serve as she followed up 2 forehand errors with a double fault on break point. However, the level of play improved as the set wore on, despite neither team managing to hold on to their serve.

It all culminated in a tense 9th game in which Mirza went down 0-40 on her serve, only to save those three break points and another before ultimately dropping serve as a forehand winner from Hradecka sealed the break for a 5-4 lead. Hradecka though wasn't able to hold serve as she served for the set, and the pressure was firmly on the Czech duo as Hingis held serve for the first time in the match, playing a fabulous game finishing things off with a backhand winner down the line.

Serving to stay in the set this time, Hlavackova produced her first hold of the contest, despite some nervy moments with Hingis and Mirza twice being a couple of points away from seizing the first set.

The opening set made its way into a tiebreak, and the top seeds finally picked their game up a notch, running away with it 7-1. It was a mixture of the Indo-Swiss team taking their chances and the Czech's making one too many errors, but the match was decided then and there.

Hingis got some treatment for what seemed like a stiff shoulder at the start of the second set, but it didn't seem to bother her at the start of the second set as a couple of early breaks gave the no.1 seeds a 4-1 lead.

One of those breaks disappeared when Mirza threw away a 40-0 advantage in her next service game to drop serve, giving the Czech duo a lifeline in the match. Hlavackova threatened to make the most of it as she went ahead 30-0 in her service game before Mirza - Hingis rattled off four points in a row to restore their insurance break and take a 5-2 lead.

Hingis served for the title, but made a couple of poor decisions at 30-30 to drop serve, extending this contest further. Sania and Martina had trouble closing the match out with Hradecka saving three match points in the next game, but the top seeds finally clinched the title at the fourth attempt, sealing a solid 7-6, 6-3 win.

Hingis and Mirza have now gone 36 matches unbeaten, since late last year, winning all three tournaments they have played in Australia this summer.

Women's Doubles Final

[1] Sania Mirza / Martina Hingis d. [7] Andrea Hlavackova / Lucie Hradecka 76(1) 63