NEW YORK, NY, USA - Two decades after she won her first US Open title, Martina Hingis took home her fifth in Flushing Meadows, this time in mixed doubles alongside Jamie Murray with a 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 victory over Chan Hao-Ching and Michael Venus on Saturday.
Following a dominant first set, the top seeds recovered from an early break down but nonetheless found themselves in a tough match tie-break, one in which neither team led by more than one point until 8-8. From there, Hingis and Murray took control to clinch the Swiss star's second US Open mixed title - Murray's first - in one hour and nine minutes.
"I think the super-tiebreakers, we know how to play them by this time, at this point," said Hingis, in her post-match press conference with Murray. "I definitely believed, when we were going into it, I felt like, you know, we had a great first set, second, we let go a little bit, but in the super-tiebreaker, I know we can still lift it up and play great tennis."
"I always enjoyed the supertiebreaker," Hingis continued. "I mean, winning or losing, I think it's for the spectators, it's fun, because it brings more drama to it."
Murray agreed, saying that "we played a great tiebreak. The crowd was really into it. There was a lot of noise. Some crazy rallies going on. For us, it's like so much fun to go there and play and play in a huge stadium, a lot of people coming out to watch."
Hingis and Murray took home their first major title together two months ago at Wimbledon, and reunited once again to take out tough teams including Australian Open champions Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal, and US Open singles semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe and Horia Tecau en route to their second straight final.
"I think this one has been a little bit more dramatic from start to the end," Hingis continued. "I think throughout this tournament sometimes, you know, it happens that you are down match point and you end up winning. That's what we did."
The victory increases the former WTA No.1's total Grand Slam title haul to 24, with five in singles, 12 in doubles, and seven in mixed. Hingis has a chance to win a 25th major title on Sunday, as she will partner Hao-Ching's sister Yung-Jan in the women's doubles final, where they take on Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova.