Hingis & Lisicki Into Doubles Final
Published March 28, 2014 12:15
Hingis and Lisicki, a wildcard pairing at the Premier Mandatory-level event, cruised through the first set and rallied from 4-2 down in the second to beat No.5 seeds Cara Black and Sania Mirza, 63 64.
Black and Mirza are the second seeds Hingis and Lisicki have taken out this fortnight, after a first round upset over No.6 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Safarova. They also saved seven match points in their quarterfinal win over Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova a few days ago.
This is Hingis and Lisicki's second tournament together, having fallen first round at Indian Wells.
"It's been a while, seven years, right?" Hingis said. "The first time Sabine and I played, last week in Indian Wells, we got close. The draw wasn't easy this time, but again I thought, 'We just have to overcome the first match, first round, and then the draw kind of opened up and we played really well.
"The chemistry just works out well, what she doesn't have I have, and vice versa. It's a great match."
"Saving the seven match points gave us a lot of confidence and belief, as well," Lisicki added.
Hingis is now through to the 52nd WTA doubles final of her career, going 37-14 in her first 51. But perhaps more importantly it's her first WTA doubles final since returning to the doubles tour last year - her last WTA doubles final came at Doha in 2007 (where she won the title with Maria Kirilenko).
Lisicki is through to the fourth WTA doubles final of her career and is 2-1 in her first three.
Kops-Jones and Spears almost won both sets, holding three set points up 5-4 in the first set and a 4-2 lead in the second, but the reigning French Open champions kept clawing back to sneak it out.