Sania, Mattek-Sands win Brisbane International 2017 women’s doubles final

Indian tennis icon Sania Mirza opened the New Year by clinching the Brisbane International 2017 women’s doubles title alongside American Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Saturday.

On the flip side though, Sania Mirza finished losing the World No.1 in women’s doubles tennis rankings to her partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

The 30-year-old Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands who were top seeded in the tournament defeated the Russian women’s doubles team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the Brisbane International Tennis 2017 women’s doubles in straight sets with a scoreline of 6-2, 6-3.

It can be recalled that Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the gold medal in the women’s doubles tennis event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands Brisbane International 2017 Trophy

Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands are the Brisbane International 2017 women’s doubles champions. Photo courtesy of Tennis Australia.

In her post-match speech, Sania Mirza said: “I feel like I’m handing over Miss World No.1 crown.

“We always have good matches (against Vesnina/Makarova). It’s great to come back as defending champion. Thank you to my partner and best friend. We go a long way, we play once a year, the last time we played, we won in Sydney.

On her partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Sania Mirza commented: “I think we should play a lot more. Thanks for playing with me. I was No.1 in the world but congratulations to her for becoming No.1 now. If not me, than her, she has had an amazing year.”

Sania Mirza entered the Brisbane International Tennis 2017 women’s doubles as the defending champion, having won the previous edition alongside Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis.

This is the second time that Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands have teamed up to win the Brisbane International Tennis women’s doubles title, previously they were crowned champions in 2013.

Overall, it is the sixth career title for the pair of Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

However, the Brisbane International Tennis 2017 women’s doubles title win ended Sania Mirza’s World No.1 ranking in the WTA rankings for women’s doubles which she held for 91 weeks.

The next assignment for Sania Mirza will be the Australian Open 2017 women’s doubles which begins in Sydney next week where she will partner with Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.

To her credit, Sania Mirza is the defending champion of the Australian Open as well. The Indian tennis star won the Australian Open 2016 women’s doubles title alongside Martina Hingis.

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