PARIS, France - Despite narrowly missing out on the chance for a Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam in women's doubles, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza nonetheless competed for hardware at the French Open on Friday, with Hingis partnering Leander Paes to defeat Mirza, the No.2 seed in the mixed doubles tournament, and Ivan Dodig to win a Mixed Doubles Career Slam, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.
"It's an amazing feeling I think any time you are part of writing a record book," Hingis told press after the match. "So it's nice to have these achievements when you look back on your career. And not only to win it, but also how to win it.
"I think it's also that we're not the youngest ones to have like 20 more chances to come back to Roland Garros and make it happen. It was always probably one of the most difficult surfaces and difficult times also given throughout the two weeks here the circumstances that didn't always help.
"But I think it's the same to everybody, and you have to take the best out for you and we managed to come on top. I'm very proud of that."
Hingis and Mirza fell in the third round of women's doubles to eventual semifinalists Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, but flourished in the mixed event. Hingis and Paes captured three of the four mixed doubles majors last year, and came through the event unseeded this week to up-end Mirza - who last won a mixed doubles title at the 2014 US Open with Bruno Soares - and Dodig from a set down.
Paes completed his own Career Slam in mixed doubles with Friday's win, and was effusive in praising his partner in the post-match press conference.
"All of you have written about Martina Hingis the tennis player, but if you actually look at Martina Hingis the person, she's a greater champion even off the court than she is on the court.
"She handles adversity amazingly with a lot of grace. She handles tough situations very easily. When we get on the court, the way that we communicate, she's one of the world's best communicators, and that's why I love playing with her."
"He's always there when it matters, big points," Hingis added of Paes. "Like he says, he embraces the big points, big moments. I know I can trust the moments with my life that he's actually going to put that return in and gonna make a play.
"That's what happened today and yesterday, and the tournament and in the past."