ROME, Italy - Though she and Sania Mirza didn't win the Mutua Madrid Open title, by virtue of their quarterfinal result - and Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci's points falling off from last year - Martina Hingis has passed the now-split up Italian pair, going from No.4 to No.2 on the WTA Doubles Rankings.
It's the highest ranking of Hingis' comeback to the doubles tour, which she began in 2013.
This is also the first time she's been in the Top 2 on the WTA Doubles Rankings for almost 14 years. She spent 110 non-consecutive weeks in the Top 2 between April 14, 1997 and June 10, 2001, which included 35 weeks at No.1 and 75 weeks at No.2 - and now she racks up her 111th career week.
Hingis and the current No.1, Mirza, have had a dream start to their partnership, winning their first three tournaments together at Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston, and though they left Stuttgart and Madrid without the title, they are still a phenomenal 15-2 together since first joining forces in March.
After Mirza became the first Indian woman to rise to No.1 in tennis five weeks ago, the pair was asked about their future goals - and Hingis joining Mirza at No.1 was clearly on both of their minds.
"Going forward I would love to win some Slams, and it would also be great for both of us to be No.1 together," Mirza said. "That's very important to me. For Martina, I don't know - she's been No.1 in the world before. But since we're playing like the No.1 team, I feel like we both deserve to be No.1."
"It's like everything is a bonus," Hingis said. "I'm just really enjoying the moment. The longer you play in your career, the more you can also enjoy it and lean back, especially in doubles. As for No.1, it will come with the results. I was never the kind of person who was chasing No.1. You need to move yourself and win the matches. For me it's more like business - you have to do your thing on the court.
"Right now I think the pressure is off, to be honest. I know Sania and I can play well at any time, any surface, anywhere. We're a very solid team and we're the ones to be chased after right now."