MADRID, Spain - Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan took home their second title together at the Mutua Madrid Open after defeating Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
The pair took home the first title of their partnership at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells earlier in the season and reached the semifinals in Doha and Miami, and now they can add a win at their first clay court tournament together.
“I think that we both have playing styles that complement the other perfectly,” Chan said afterwards. “It’s our fifth tournament together and we’ve already won two titles. In fact, this is our first tournament on clay and we’re so happy to win here and looking forward to the next tournaments.”
Chan and Hingis edged past Babos and Hlavackova – who were fresh off a title in Rabat at their debut tournament – in a rollercoaster opening set that featured seven breaks of serve. Hingis was broken serving for the set at 5-3, but the pair recovered strongly to break straight back with a flurry of winners at the net to wrap up the opening tilt.
It was more straightforward in the second; after trading breaks to start, Hingis and Chan reeled off three games in a row to march ahead 5-2 and comfortably serve out the match to take home the title.
“I think having fun on the court is a part of the success, and it’s important to have a good relationship with your partner,” Hingis assessed. “It doesn’t matter if you have a good day or a bad day, but obviously everything is easier when the things are going well.
“We had to face two very tough matches at the start of the tournament, and I feel like we just got better and better with every match.”