Hingis, Paes win Australian Open mixed doubles title

BY foxsports • February 1, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Martina Hingis won her first Grand Slam title since returning from retirement, combining with Leander Paes of India to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Kristina Mladenovic of France and Daniel Nestor of Canada.

With Paes serving for the match, Hingis, a five-time singles champion, hit a hard overhead to Mladenovic, who netted a half volley from near the baseline.

Hingis, who has three singles, four women's doubles and two mixed doubles titles at Melbourne Park, returned to the tour to play doubles in 2013 and teamed up with the 41-year-old Paes for the first time at the Australian Open. Paes has won three Australian Open mixed doubles titles.

The 34-year-old Hingis, who started playing at the Australian Open in 1995 and won the singles title in 1997, '98 and '99, said the partnership with Paes had been two years in the making, adding that she was glad it came to fruition where ''I had my greatest memories.''

Hingis won the 2006 Australian Open mixed doubles title with Manesh Bhupathi, who was Paes' former longtime doubles partner.

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