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01 March 2024

Sania and Hingis march into Australian Open final

By Agencies

Top seeded pair Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis marched into the women's doubles final of the Australian Open at the Melbourne Park on Wednesday.

The Indo-Swiss pair took only 54 minutes to beat German-Czech 13th seeds Julia Goerges and Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 6-0 in the semi-finals at the Rod Laver Arena.

They will take on Czech seventh seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradeck in their third Grand Slam final and aim for eighth title on the trot.

The top seeds, who dropped a rare set in the previous round, were back to their imperious best, triumphing 6-1, 6-0 to stretch their unbeaten streak to 35 matches.

Goerges and Pliskova started brightly enough, holding comfortably then carving out four break points in the third game.

However, this was as good as it got for the underdogs, who failed to add to their tally as Hingis and Mirza, the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions, romped home to move within touching distance of yet another major trophy.

"We get along on the court, we suit each other and we consolidate each other's games," Mirza, the contest's standout player, said after the match.

On the other side of the draw, Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka reached their first Grand Slam final since reuniting with a see-saw victory over Xu Yi-Fan and Zheng Saisai.

During their first stint together, the Czechs reached four major finals, walking away with the silverware at the French Open in 2012 and US Open in 2013.

Having knocked out No.2 seeds Chan Yung-Jan and Chan Hao-Ching in the last eight, Hlavackova and Hradecka were not about to miss the opportunity to return to the game's biggest stage, eventually seeing off Xu and Zheng, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.