MIAMI, FL, USA - Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki overcame seven match points on Wednesday in rallying past Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova to secure a spot in the semifinals of the Sony Open Tennis.
Down a set and 5-4 to two-time WTA titlists Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova, the Swiss-German duo saved three match points on Lisicki's serve, then one on Hingis' serve down 6-5. In the second set tie-break they fought off two more match points down 6-4 and eventually forced a match tie-break, which they came through in for a 36 76(7) 107 triumph.
"The conditions were tough today," Hingis said. "It was not only windy, but gusty winds. That made it really hard. You expected the ball to be somewhere and all of a sudden a gust took it somewhere else. We tried to take it easy but still be focused."
In the seventh event of her doubles comeback, the last two of which have come alongside Lisicki, Hingis is into a semifinal for the first time.
"We've won a few matches now," Hingis said. "Definitely an improvement from last tournament to this one. We're playing more solid. Those no-ads, the deciding points are what really counts in doubles, and the super tie-breaks. Today, no one team fought more than the other at the end. It was by a hair. We got a little bit lucky and have another life.
"It's coming back now. With Sabine, she's not going to give it away. She's going to have the opponent earn it. That's what's different about a true champion. You win matches even when you're down and not playing perfect tennis. You make it happen somehow. That's what we did today."
"The conditions are really quick here," Black said. "We had a good start and came out really solid. We're very pleased with that result."
"I think that they had a tough match. They were down a bunch of match points," Mirza said of Hingis and Lisicki. "They are obviously a great team. We have to stick to our game plan, focus on ourselves and do what we do best."