(September 4, 2014) Martina Hingis is in the US Open women’s doubles final for the first time since winning the title in 1998.
The 2013 Tennis Hall of fame inductee and partner Flavia Pennetta reached the final upsetting third seed Cara Black and Sania Mirza 6-2, 6-4.
“Well, it means a lot to me,” Hingis said. “I only won one title here in doubles. That was a while back in ’98. I made some good matches, like some great memories, but it’s been a while. So it’s like I really cherish this moment because I have had some great matches, but also in doubles I didn’t feel like I had too many opportunities. I lost to players that actually I beat in this tournament now again, like whether it was Peschke, you know. So it felt like really far away. Also in the beginning of this tournament I think we had a really tough draw. So I think we really deserved our spot. I think this tournament it all came together for me. I played a lot better than in the previous tournaments. With Flavia I feel really comfortable being out there. I think that’s the key to success.”
Hingis and Pennetta will play fourth seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the final on Saturday.