India’s Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis on Thursday (14th January) broke a 22-year-old world record by winning their 29th women’s doubles match in a row. They marched their entry into the women’s doubles final of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Sydney International, in Sydney defeating the pair of Romanian Raluca Olaru and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 in a closely-fought semifinal.
"Today the girls we were playing, they were playing probably the best I've seen them play. Slava has won Slams, before Olaru was playing really well. We had to really put everything that we had and really come out with our A Game when we needed to, especially in that super tie-break",said Sania.
The present World No 1 pair now surpassed the pair of Puerto Rican Gigi Fernandez and Belarus’ Natasha Zvereva, who won 28 matches on the trot during their successful pairing back in 1994.
The Indo-Swiss pair has continued their good show from 2015 when they won 9 consecutive titles which included the Wimbledon, US Open and the year-ending the WTA finals and have started on a fabulous note in 2016 as well, winning the Brisbane International in early January. A win in the final will be their 11th WTA title together.