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HINGIS SWEEPS DOUBLES

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Martina Hingis earned her 11th Grand Slam tennis tournament women’s doubles title and second in the U.S. Open. At 34 and already a member of the Internatio­nal Tennis Hall of Fame, Hingis paired with Sania Mirza of India to beat Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Yaroslava

Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3 Sunday. The title comes 18 years after Hingis’ first major in doubles, in the Australian Open, and 17 years after the Swiss star won her other doubles championsh­ip in New York. “We all felt like there was a little bit of nervousnes­s, definitely, especially today because … it’s been a while, 18 years,” said Hingis, who won the 1998 U.S. Open with Jana No

votna. “It’s like I don’t think about, ‘ OK, last time, it was 18 years ago.’ It’s what counts for me is, like, right now, today in this moment.” Hingis also won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title with Leander Paes. Hingis also teamed with Mirz and Paes in sweeping the doubles titles this summer at Wimbledon. Hingis, who reached No. 1 in the rankings and won five Grand Slam singles titles in the 1990s, initially quit tennis in 2002 because of foot and leg injuries, then rejoined the circuit full time in 2006. She retired again in 2007, when she was given a two-year suspension for testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon. At the time, she denied taking the drug but did not appeal the ruling. She returned to the tennis tour in recent years as a coach and now is back playing.

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