PARIS: Leander Paes and Martina Hingis completed the mixed doubles Grand Slam on Friday with a 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 win over Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig in the French Open final.
Paes, 42, and 35-year-old Hingis had already won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 2015.
It was Paes´s eighth mixed doubles title in all at the Slams to add to his 10 men´s doubles wins in a run stretching back to 1999.
He had already completed the men´s doubles Grand Slam.
“I won my first Slam here in 1999 on this court,” Paes told a shivering handful of hardy fans inside Philippe Chatrier Court.
“Today we have completed a team Slam. Martina, you are a fantastic partner, I love you like crazy.
“You cover most of the court. You are a real champion.”
Hingis, a five-time singles champion at the majors in her prime, now has five mixed and 12 women´s doubles titles.
She won a first mixed title with Mahesh Bhupathi at the 2006 Australian Open.
Hingis and Mirza had also won the last three women´s doubles at the Grand Slams but were knocked out in the third round at the French Open.
They slumped to a shock 6-3, 6-2 loss to Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.
Courtesy : TheNews