Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and young Sumit Nagal clinch crowns in the All England Club finals
Indian tennis ace Leander Paes with his Swiss partner Martina Hingis won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon on Sunday.
The seventh seeds needed just 40 minutes to beat the Austrian-Hungarian pair of Alexander Peya and Timea Babos 6-1, 6-1 in the final at Centre Court of the All England Club. This is the 16th Grand Slam title for Paes.
In the women’s doubles, Hingis partnered with Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza to win the Wimbledon women’s doubles crown.
Mirza won her maiden women’s doubles title at a Grand Slam event by clinching the trophy
The top seeded duo made a remarkable comeback to beat Russian second seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5 in two hours and 25 minutes in the final late on Saturday night.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday congratulated Mirza, saying she has won a billion hearts.
“A young Indian lady conquers the world of tennis. @MirzaSania you have once again won a billion hearts,” Banerjee tweeted.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “Well played @mhingis & @MirzaSania. You played wonderful tennis & registered a fantastic win at @Wimbledon. We are proud & very happy.”
Young Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal also etched his name into the history books by winning the Wimbledon boys’ doubles title with Vietnamese partner Nam Hoang Ly.
The 17-year-old Nagal and Ly, seeded eighth, defeated American-Japanese fourth seeds Reilly Opelka and Akira Santillan 7-6(4), 6-4 in the final in an hour and three minutes on No.1 Court of the All England Club.
Both pairs broke each other once to push the first set in to the tie-breaker where Nagal and Ly proved a tad bit better to win the set and take the lead in the match.
The eighth seeds were offered only one breakpoint opportunity in the second set which they grabbed with open hands to get the break of serve and win the set and the match.
The New Delhi-born, right-handed player had also entered the boys’ singles competition. However, he was ousted from the category in only the opener when he lost to Argentinean Juan Pablo Ficovich in three sets.