Along with partner Flavia Pennetta, Martina Hingis is through to the US Open Women’s Doubles Final for the first time since 1998 following their upset victory over Cara Black and Sania Mirza.
The pairing dominated the third seeds en route to a 6-2, 6-4 finish. They hit a total of 21 winners and broke serve four times to cement their spot in the final of the season’s last Grand Slam tournament.
“I think it’s just really like the emotions are there,” said Hingis. “It’s a great preparation, as well. I mean, any title is a great title to have, whether it’s TeamTennis title, a Grand Slam or being No. 1. It’s always another steppingstone in a career, and, you know, now we’re here in the final. I’m really happy.
“It means a lot to me. I mean, obviously, like you said, I only won one title here in doubles. That was a while back in ’98. I made some good matches, like some great memories, but it’s been a while. So it’s like I really cherish this moment because I have had some great matches, but also in doubles I didn’t feel like I had too many opportunities. I lost to players that actually I beat in this tournament now again, like whether it was Peschke, you know. So it felt like really far away. Also in the beginning of this tournament I think we had a really tough draw. So I think we really deserved our spot. I think this tournament it all came together for me. I played a lot better than in the previous tournaments. With Flavia I feel really comfortable being out there. I think that’s the key to success.”
Hingis and Pennetta will meet fourth seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the final on Saturday afternoon.