Monday, 13 July 2015

Paes, Mirza, Nagal seal India's best-ever Wimbledon!

Following Sania Miirza's success at the Championships on Saturday, Indian youngster Sumit Nagal entered the history books as only sixth Indian to win a Grand Slam junior title after winning the boys doubles trophy at the Wimbledon championships with partner Nam Hoang Ly on Sunday. 

 17-year-old Nagal and his eighth seed Vietnamese partner overcame the fourth seeds Reilly Opelka and Akira Santillan 7 -6(4) 6-4 in the title clash that lasted 63 minutes.

Yuki Bhambri was the last Indian to taste success at the top level in junior tennis when he won the Australian Open boys singles title in 2009.

Ramanathan Krishnan (Wimbledon, 1954), Ramesh Krishnan (French Open and Wimbledon, 1979) and Leander Paes (Wimbledon 1990, U.S. Open 1991) are the other junior Grand Slam singles champions from India.

Sania Mirza had won the Wimbledon girls doubles title in 2003 with Russian partner Alisa Kleybanova.

There was little to separate the two pairs as the winners won 65 points, only three more than their rivals.

Nagal and his partner broke their opponents in the 10th game of the second set and that proved decisive in the outcome of the match.  
A vintage Leander Paes clinched his 16th Grand Slam trophy, winning the mixed doubles event with Martina Hingis after a dominating win over Alexander Peya and Timea Babos to seal India's amazing fortnight at the Championships. Seventh seed Indo-Swiss pair drubbed the fifth seed Austrian-Hungarian team 6-1 6-1 in the lopsided summit clash which was over in just 40 minutes. It was Paes' eighth mixed doubles title and second with Hingis. They had won the Australian Open early this year. 42-year-old Paes has eight men's doubles crowns in his Grand Slam collection.Paes' win capped an incredibly successful Wimbledon for India as the country took three titles this year.

Sania Mirza won the women's doubles and Sumit Nagal won the junior boys doubles trophy.
For Hingis, it was second title in as many days, having won the women's doubles with Sania. Overall it was 18th Major title for the Swiss and third in mixed doubles. 

Hingis was back on court less than 24 hours after that win with Sania but showed no sign of fatigue.
She served well and was terrific at the net, complementing the Indian Pro.  
Paes and Hingis literally toyed with Peya and Babos, who surprisingly failed to put any resistance.
In no time Paes and Hingis pocketed the first set as all they needed was 19 minutes to nose ahead. The two broke Babos in the fourth game and Peya in the sixth for a 5-1 cushion. Hingis served out the set when Paes smashed a volley winner.

Paes and Hingis kept the pressure on the Austrian- American combination right from the first game of the second set. Peya failed to negotiate a Paes return at deuce to hand the seventh seeds grabbed the opportunity to break them. Babos' could not handle a Hingis return and the Indo- Swiss pair got an early break. There was no stopping them from there as they raced to victory in less than one hour.

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