Hyderabad-based tennis star Sania Mirza has won her first title of the season, combining with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to lift the Brisbane International women’s doubles title. But she ended up losing the World No.1 crown to her partner.
The top-seeded Indo-American duo triumphed 6-2 6-3 against the second-seeded Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the final here. The trophy, however, ended Sania’s 91-week reign as the world No.1 doubles player in the WTA rankings. That position was taken over by Bethanie.
Expressing her happiness over the title, she said in her post-match response that she feels like “I’m handing over Miss World No.1 crown”. She had come into the tournament as a defending champion, having won it with Swiss ace martina Hingis last year. “We always have good matches (against Vesnina/Makarova). It’s great to come back as defending champion.