If you blinked, you might have missed them: At the WTA Premier Mandatory tournament in Madrid this past weekend, the top two seeded teams—Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova and Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina—both lost their opening matches.
That opened things up for the third-seeded pairing of Yung-Jan Chan and Martina Hingis, who took home the title with a straight-sets win over Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova. It’s Chan and Hingis’ second title of the year after winning in Indian Wells. The two—newly partnered this year—were facing a team coming off a title in Prague the previous week.
This was Hingis’ 100th career title between singles and doubles. (She’s also won five mixed-doubles titles, all of which came at majors.) It was cause for celebration, and this pair could be going for another title—post-victory dance champs—that would threaten the reign of Team Bucie.
When you're putting in work like this, the titles are sure to come.
Hingis, 36, won her first doubles title all the way back in 1995. (Her first singles title came a year later.)
Chan, 27, has won 20 doubles titles in her 13-year career.
(Additional reporting by Brad Kallet.)
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