Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki were victorious on the doubles court, as were another big-name pairing and a set of twins.
WTA Staff

The first week of play for the 2015 season featured scintillating doubles action at three events, including another triumph for star-studded duo Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki.

Hingis and Lisicki's previous lone WTA title together was a big one, Miami in 2014. But they had not teamed up since May until this week.

The Swiss-German pairing's reunion at the Brisbane International was quite successful, as they did not drop a set all tournament, including a 6-2, 7-5 defeat of No.4 seeds Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik in Saturday's final.

"It was a mix between my aggressive game and her making some amazing shots at the net," Lisicki said. "We complement each other very well, and the most important thing is it's so much fun."

This was Hingis' 41st WTA doubles title, tied with Kathy Jordan for 19th-most in the Open Era, and Lisicki's fourth.

"I'm very happy that I contacted her making sure she was available to play in Brisbane," Hingis said. "I couldn't ask for a better outcome.

"It was an amazing week, as was the one in Miami. When Sabine is on, I think we're a great match. I have two great partners with Sabine and Flavia. If the opportunity arises again at some point to play with Sabine, I'll be very happy."

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci were tested a bit more at the ASB Classic, as they were extended to match tie-breaks twice. But the top-seeded Italians were at their best in the final against fourth-seeded Shuko Aoyama and Renata Voracova, saving all nine break points they faced and going on to a 6-2, 6-1 victory in 54 minutes.

Errani and Vinci, who have won all three of their clashes with the Japanese-Czech combination in straight sets, now have 22 WTA doubles titles together and 25 each as individuals.

And capturing their first WTA doubles title together were Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok. They escaped a 5-0 deficit in the second set tie-break of their 6-4, 7-6(6) defeat of Liang Chen and Wang Yafan in the Shenzhen Open final.

That made the Kichenoks the second pair of twins, after Karolina Pliskova and Kristyna Pliskova, to win a WTA doubles title. They previously were runners-up at Tashkent in 2011 and Shenzhen in 2014.