In their first tournament together, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza went all the way to the BNP Paribas Open doubles title - the Swiss-Indian combo didn't even lose a set.
WTA Staff

INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza completed a dream first tournament together, beating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina to win the BNP Paribas Open doubles title.

When they announced they were joining forces a few weeks ago, the world was watching - they're two of the most successful doubles players out there, after all, Hingis with 11 Grand Slams in the team discipline (nine in women's and two in mixed) and Mirza with three Grand Slams (all in mixed).

But not many would have expected such a dazzling debut. The No.1 seeds, Hingis and Mirza didn't even lose more than four games in any set all fortnight. After cruising through the first set of the final that stat looked a little dicey as they fell behind 4-2 second set to No.2 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, but they flipped the script from there with four straight games to end it, 6-3, 6-4.

"This is something we were hoping for," Hingis said. "She hits a big forehand, especially on the right side, and I can move and finish off the point. She prepares, I finish. That's pretty cool to me.

"I'm very happy we made this move. Obviously we had partners we played well with, like me last year with Flavia, and changing was a big move. I'm very happy it worked out, because you never know what to expect. Winning the tournament in our premier, it's new energy, and hopefully we can keep it up."

"On paper, obviously we are supposed to be a good team, but it doesn't always turn out that way when you step on the court," Mirza commented. "So we're really happy we weren't just able to win, but win in such dominating fashion, not losing a set and being down just two times in the whole two weeks."

Mirza was asked what makes them such a good team in terms of strategy on the doubles court.

"She's one of the best people who can complement the way I play," the Indian trailblazer said. "She's got probably some of the best hands in the world at the net. For me, I need that. I need someone who can finish the balls off where I set them up. And that's really it. Like I said, on paper everything looks great, but you still have to go out there. Names don't do anything. You have to go out and win."

There's still some good news for Makarova and Vesnina, though - their run to the final over the last two weeks will propel them from No.9 to No.2 on the Road To Singapore doubles leaderboard, the year-long journey to the doubles event at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

Can Hingis and Mirza keep this level up throughout the year and get to Singapore themselves? They already seem to gel very well on the court, but how about off the court? Watch the below video...