Sania-Hingis pair clinches Wuhan Open WTA title
The top-seeded pair eased past the Romanian team of Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu 6-2, 6-3 in the title clash.
“Title number 7 #SanTina @mhingis #WuhanOpen,” the Indian star tweeted accompanied by a picture of the duo with the trophy.
Sania and Hingis had it relatively easy in the second round, quarterfinals and semi-finals after getting a first round bye in the tournament.
Sania and Hingis dropped serve three times and fought back from a 2-0 deficit in the second set to emerge triumphant in the summit clash on Saturday.
With on Saturday’s win, the Indo-Swiss pairing has seven WTA doubles titles together this year – Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Wimbledon, the US Open, Guangzhou and Wuhan.
They have won their last three tournaments and their last 13 matches without dropping a single set. They now head to the China Open in Beijing, where they have been given the top billing.
Venus wins 47th career title on Muguruza retirement
Venus Williams won her biggest title in five years at the Wuhan Open on Saturday, after Garbine Muguruza retired making her the fifth player to pull out mid-match in the late-season tournament.
Williams took the first set and was three points up when the Spaniard stopped play at 53 minutes, handing the American veteran the 47th title win of her career, and her first victory at a WTA Premier Five event since she beat Victoria Azarenka in 2010 in Dubai.
Wimbledon finalist Muguruza – ranked world number eight, 15 places ahead of American veteran Williams -- had a tough semi final against Germany’s Angelique Kerber, winning in straight sets but falling during the closing tie break and injuring her ankle. But the 21-year-old said it was <g data-gr-id="56">exhaustion</g> not <g data-gr-id="55">injury</g> that made her pull out.
“It’s a sad day I had to retire. Sometimes your body’s not recovered,” the 21-year-old said on court after the match.
Muguruza called her coach Sam Sumyk -- who was wearing a t-shirt bearing the phrase “It’s not my fault” -- on court during the first set but no words of advice could change the slow pace of the match.