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HINGIS & MIRZA BACK ON TRACK IN MADRID

2015-5-6


MADRID, Spain - Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza got back on track after their early loss in Stuttgart, cruising through their first match of the Premier Mandatory-level Mutua Madrid Open in an hour.

After winning their first three tournaments together - Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston - Hingis and Mirza had a low in Stuttgart two weeks ago, crashing out in the first round. But the No.1-seeded Swiss-Indian duo got back on track in Madrid on Tuesday, breaking serve five times and reeling off the last eight points of the match to beat Janette Husarova and Raluca Olaru in exactly 60 minutes, 6-2, 6-3.

Hingis and Mirza are now a very impressive 15-1 together since first joining forces in March.

The No.2 seeds, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, were also among the winners, originally looking headed for a straight set victory after going up 6-2, 3-1 but ending up having to close American wildcard pair Madison Keys and Lisa Raymond out in a match tie-break to move on, 6-2, 4-6, 10-1.

The only other seeds in action were No.7 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova, who had little trouble with Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Andreja Klepac, storming to a 6-3, 6-0 win in 47 minutes.

Mattek-Sands and Safarova are now 12-1 since first teaming up at the beginning of the year. They won the Australian Open in their first tournament together and followed it up with the Stuttgart title.

"Me and Lucie are playing well," Mattek-Sands said. "Coming off the Stuttgart win we're just having fun, and I think that's the biggest thing. Out there we laugh and joke - on the changeovers we always talk, and it's probably 10% strategy and 90% everything else. I'm just hoping our matches aren't miked!

"But this is our fourth tournament and we're feeling really good. We're moving well together and coming up with more plays. It's always exciting to have a doubles partner for more than a couple tournaments."

Mattek-Sands was very complimentary of the surging Safarova, who's nearly Top 10 in singles too.

"Lucie's playing great," the American said. "She's having a great year. She's an awesome player."

Mattek-Sands and Safarova, Hingis and Mirza and Makarova and Vesnina are the Top 3 teams on the Road To Singapore doubles leaderboard, the journey to the doubles event at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Any one of those three teams could be No.1 after Madrid.



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