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Legend Leander completes Career Slam

Paes completes mixed doubles Career Slam with Martina Hingis after 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 win over Sania Mirza & Ivan Dodig

Paris: India’s Leander Paes completed a career Grand Slam in the mixed doubles — i.e. winning all four Majors — along with Swiss partner Martina Hingis as they beat Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig in a three-setter to win the French Open at Roland Garros yesterday.

Leander Paes and Martina Hingis celebrate winning their French Open mixed doubles title after beating Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig in the final at Roland Garros in Paris yesterday. Pics/Getty Images
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis celebrate winning their French Open mixed doubles title after beating Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig in the final at Roland Garros in Paris yesterday. Pics/Getty Images

Forty two-year-old Paes has already achieved the career Grand Slam in men’s doubles.

Yesterday, the Indo-Swiss pair prevailed via super tie-break 10-8 after they lost the first set 4-6 and won the second 6-4.

Sania Mirza ducks as partner Ivan Dodig returns during the French Open mixed doubles final in Paris yesterday
Sania Mirza ducks as partner Ivan Dodig returns during the French Open mixed doubles final in Paris yesterday

Some excellent anticipation from veteran Paes and brilliant placement from Hingis saw the duo fight back from a set down after Mirza-Dodig, the second-seeded Indo-Croatian duo, began brilliantly.

A day earlier, playing on adjacent courts, Paes and Hingis had beaten Andrea Hlavackova and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 3-6, 10-7, while Mirza and Dodig had upstaged Kristina Mladenovic and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6, 6-3, 12-10 in their respective semi-final encounters in the French capital.

Sania last won a mixed doubles Grand Slam at the 2014 US Open along with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares.

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