Well done, Paes-Hingis for Paris Win

They had won the other three Grand Slam events in 2015.

So, how on earth were they unseeded at Roland Garros!

This year’s Roland Garros has been a good Grand Slam event for India’s Leander Paes, 42. He won the Mixed Doubles title yesterday, partnering Martina Hingis, 35.

They beat the second-seeded pair of India’s Sania Mirza, 29, and Ivan Dodig, 31, of Croatia.

Leander had also reached the quarter finals in Men’s doubles with Matkowski, losing a closely fought match to the Bryan brothers.

Paes-HingisWhat beats me, though, is how Leander and Hingis were unseeded in the event. They won the other three Grand Slam events in 2015 (Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open) and winning in Paris ensured they have now completed the mixed doubles career Grand Slam.

With such a track record how could they not have been seeded at all?

They beat the fourth-seeded pair of Y Shvedova and F. Merge in Round 2, fifth-seeded Vesnina and B Soares in the quarter-finals and the sixth-seeded Andrea Hlavackova-Roger Vasselin in the semi-finals.

Doubles events are generally shunned by the top players, so I found it amusing when Sania Mirza said in a recent interview that she “hates being number 2”. What a boring, clichéd statement! She and Hingis are the world’s number 1 women’s doubles players.

Does any tennis lover really care about doubles? Making such inane statements only brings out her misplaced arrogance.

G Joslin Vethakumar


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