Hyderabad: Having claimed three consecutive Grand Slam titles, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza is determined to extend her winning streak with Swiss veteran Martina Hingis.
Sania Mirza poses with the Australian Open Trophy at her residence in Hyderabad yesterday. Pic/AFP
The Indo-Swiss combination have won 12 titles so far, including the Wimbledon, the US Open, WTA Tour Finals and the recently concluded Australian Open. It was the first Australian Open women's doubles title for Sania and her sixth Grand Slam triumph overall, including three mixed doubles crowns.
"It's an unreal feeling. We haven't lost a match in a long time but also to win three Grand Slams in a row... it's what really dreams are made of and I am really excited. It was a perfect way to start the year. We feel really happy. Three slams in a row — who would have thought! I am taking a couple of days off before going to Fed Cup in Thailand," Sania told reporters here yesterday.
Sania and Martina have also registered the second longest winning streak in recent tennis history. They defeated the Czech duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in straight sets in the Australian Open final for their 36th win in a row. Sania asserted that the star duo will strive to maintain their winning run and will try and enjoy it as long as it lasts.
"Nothing is certain. We still have to go out there and give our best and try and play the best that we can," she said.