Doubles Champs Crowned in Cincinnati

On the Grandstand Court, Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova came away with the women’s title while Ivan Dodig won the men’s trophy in the Western & Southern Open doubles finals. 

Here’s what happened: 

MIRZA, STRYCOVA RALLY IN WOMEN’S FINAL

Playing with new partners for the first time since announcing their split as the No. 1 ranked team in the world, Sania Mirza came away a straight-set winner against Martina Hingis in the Western & Southern Open women’s doubles final. 

Mirza and Barbora Strycova rallied from two breaks down in the first set for a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Hingis and CoCo Vandeweghe to start Sunday’s play on Grandstand court. 

Hingis and Vandeweghe jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first set and had three set points before Mirza and Strycova staged their comeback. 

From there, they reeled off 11 of the next 12 games to take the first 7-5 and go up 5-1 in the second set. Hingis and Vandeweghe closed the score to 5-4, but Strycova served out the match. 

Mirza and Strycova did not drop a set over the first five victories as a team this week, though they had to come from behind several times. 

“I think the biggest quality we both have that we discovered together, that we both fight no matter what the score is,” Mirza said.

This week marked the first tournament since Mirza and Hingis teamed up with new partners after one of the most impressive doubles stretches in WTA history. Over the last two years, they won 14 titles, including the 2015 Wimbledon and US Open titles and the Australian Open earlier this year. 

CINCY SPECIFICS: Mirza is the third woman in the open era to win two Cincinnati titles, joining Kerry Harris and Maria Kirilenko. She holds the tournament wins record with 19. 

NO. 1, ALONE: While the women’s singles No. 1 ranking was up for grabs on Center Court, the sole possession of the women’s No. 1 doubles ranking. Mirza and Hingis had held the No. 1 ranking together, but with Mirza winning the Cincinnati title, she will hold the top ranking alone in next week’s rankings. 

DODIG, MELO TAKE TORONTO, CINCY DOUBLE

Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo followed up on their ATP Masters 1000 title in Toronto two weeks ago with a tournament victory Sunday in Cincinnati over Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 7-6(5), 6-7(5), [10-6]. 

Dodig and Melo are the first team to win the back-to-back ATP Masters 1000 titles in Canada and Cincinnati since Bob and Mike Bryan in 2010. The tournaments are normally held in consecutive weeks but there was a week in between this year for the Olympics, which three of the four finalists played. 

Neither team lost a service game in the match, with Dodig and Melo saving all five break points they faced. 

Dodig and Melo have now won four ATP Masters 1000 titles. 

CINCY SPECIFICS: Now three of the four players who played in the finals have a Cincinnati title. Tecau was a 2012 champion with Robert Lindstedt. 

PREVIOUS MEETINGS: Dodig and Melo faced Rojer and Tecau twice during major events in 2015, winning on their way to the French Open title and losing in the ATP World Tour Finals. 

 

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