India’s Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis broke a 22-year-old world record by winning their 29th women’s doubles match in a row en route to their entry into the women’s doubles final of the WTA Sydney International, here Thursday.
The semi-final was a well-contested affair that went on for an hour and 31 minutes. The two teams traded three breaks each but the Olaru-Shvedova pair broke their opponents for the fourth time to clinch the set by 6-4 margin. Down by a set, Sania and Martina came back strongly break the opposition’s serve twice and also won a whopping 76 percent of points on their first serve as they clinched the set 6-3.
In the super tie-break, both pair did well to hold their service points but Olaru and Shvedova had a double fault at a crucial stage which turned the match decisively in favour of Sania-Martina.