New Delhi: Swiss tennis ace Martina Hingis has joined her Indian partner Sania Mirza at the top of the WTA women's doubles rankings, a day after the duo bagged their second title of the season in Sydney.
The WTA rankings were released on Saturday and Hingis has a whooping 11,395 points. The 35-year-old champion joined Mirza at the top.
Sania and Hingis' brilliant dominant run continued without any hindrance, as they lifted their second trophy of the season on Friday with the WTA Apia International title after clinching their 30th win in a row.
The latest achievement could be seen as a major boost for the the US open and Wimbledon champions ahead of the Australian Open starting January 18. The duo definitely go in as favourites in Melbourne after conquering Brisbane and Sydney already.
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The Swiss legend had spent 35 weeks at the top of the doubles ranking earlier in her career. Her reign as the world number one came in six stints. She will now begin her 36th career week at the top, while Sania gets her 41st.
In a statement released by the WTA on Saturday, Hingis stated that it is a really nice feeling to have that No. 1 ahead of her name. She also credited Sania for the achievement.
"It's a really nice feeling having that No.1 ahead of your name. It's definitely something I was aiming for, and with Sania I felt like I had the opportunity to get there.
The duo have been the No. 1 team in the circuit for the last 10 months and Hingis feels she has proved that with two Slams and the WTA Finals it was just a matter of time to get on top of ranking.
"Being the No.1 team for the last 10 months -- we've proven it with two Slams and the WTA Finals in Singapore - we definitely belong there. It was just a question of time to get that No.1 ranking.”
Her partner Sania stated that she she is ecstatic that that the pair are the No. 1 as individuals as well.
"Regardless of what the ranking was, we were the No.1 team in the world. I'm so happy that we're together now not just as the No.1 team, but as individuals as well."