World No. 15 Sabine Lisicki and former No. 1 Martina Hingis concluded their fantastic fortnight at the Sony Open with a double title win against Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. It was just their second tournament together, with Hingis having retired six years previously before returning to doubles competition with the German.
Following their upset victories over No.6 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Safarova and No.5 seeds Cara Black and Sania Mirza, Lisicki and Hingis culminated their fortnight in Miami, by rallying back from a set down to beat the 2nd seeds 4-6 6-4 10-5. After losing in the opening round at Indian Wells earlier this month, this was a dream turnaround for the new pairing.
While their partnership has proven to be a fruitful one, Hingis admits that it will be up to Lisicki to determine if she can continue juggling both singles and doubles competition.
“I think it’s definitely up to Sabine.” Hingis said. “I mean, her priority is her singles. When she wants to play doubles and play ‑‑it started off with playing some matches before the singles. Now I think it also helps for the singles definitely now to overcome like this time like, Oh, I want to win at least two, three matches and we don’t just have to train all the time but get some matches in. I think this week was really important to win some doubles matches and now, since she’s going to go to Charleston next week, so, yeah.”
This marks Hingis’ 38th WTA doubles title, and her first since 2007. Lisicki has now won three doubles titles, each with a different partner.