Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza produced a near flawless display to overwhelm Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 6-3. The result ensures that Mattek-Sands will replace Mirza as the World No.1 when the new rankings are released on Monday.
WTA Staff

BRISBANE, Australia - If Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza were thinking about the imminent change at the summit of the doubles world, they hid it well during a dominant victory at the Brisbane International on Saturday evening.

Mattek-Sands and Mirza produced a near flawless display to overwhelm Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 6-3. The result ensures that Mattek-Sands will replace her partner as the World No.1 when the new rankings are released on Monday.

"We only play together once a year. Last year we played together and won Sydney, and this year we played together and won Brisbane - so maybe we should play more often together," Mirza said.

For Mirza, the result was bittersweet. Having won the tournament alongside Martina Hingis 12 months earlier, she was unable to add to her ranking points total of 8,135, leaving the door ajar for Mattek-Sands to make up the 330-point gap separating them. 

"This week was very special because we knew if we won Bethanie would replace me as No.1 in the world," Mirza added. "Now I feel like I'm handing over the Miss World trophy!

"Congratulations to her, because she's had a great year and she really deserves it. If not me then her!"

Following an early exchange of breaks, a run of seven unanswered games saw the top seeds take a stranglehold of the match. The only moment of concern came when Mattek-Sands dropped serve with the finishing line beckoning. However, the threat of a comeback was short lived as they held on to win the next two games and wrap up victory.

For Mattek-Sands the outcome is all the more satisfying, having narrowly missed out on reaching No.1 at the end of 2016, falling agonizingly short at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

"Last time we played I was gunning for No.1 and Elena and Ekaterina beat me in Singapore, and I'm sure we'll play again," Mattek-Sands said. "I didn't know I would be so emotional getting here.

"I want to thank my team, my husband - he's been there a long time. It's always great coming back to Brisbane and I'll be back next year."