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Sony Open doubles win gives Martina Hingis first title in 7 years

IANS| Updated: Mar 31, 2014, 06:59 AM IST

Miami: Switzerland`s Martina Hingis walked away with a share of the women`s doubles championship Sunday at the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, winning her first title in seven years on the WTA Tour.

The 33-year-old Hingis, former world No. 1 who quit tennis after testing positive for cocaine, and Germany`s Sabine Lisicki defeated the Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 in Sunday`s doubles final at the Crandon Park Tennis Center.

Hingis, a five-time Grand Slam champion, retired after testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon in 2007 and receiving a two-year suspension.

She resumed playing doubles last summer, coaching and teaming up with Lisicki on the tour.

The Sony Open is one of the biggest hard-court events on the ATP and WTA calendars.