Hingis reaches U.S. Open doubles final
09/04/2014 2:57 PM
09/04/2014 5:06 PM
Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Former world No. 1 star Martina Hingis paired with Flavia Pennetta to reach the women's doubles final at the 2014 U.S. Open.
The "Swiss Miss" and Italy's Pennetta upended a third-seeded tandem of Zimbabwe's Cara Black and Indian Sania Mirza 6-2, 6-4.
The 33-year-old Hingis owns nine Grand Slam doubles titles, including one at the U.S. Open back in 1998 when she was 17. She's a five-time major singles champion who retired from tennis in 2003 only to return in 2005. She retired again in 2007, only to return again last season.
Hingis' last major title of any kind came via mixed doubles at the 2006 Australian Open. Her last Grand Slam doubles championship occurred at the 2002 Aussie. This will mark her second U.S. Open doubles finale.
The 32-year-old Pennetta was an Aussie Open doubles champion in 2011 and U.S. Open doubles finalist in 2005.
The other doubles finalists on Saturday will be fourth-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, who handled an unseeded duo of 43-year- old Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm and Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 7-5, 6-3 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Makarova and Vesnina stunned the mighty Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, here on Tuesday.
Makarova and Vesnina were this year's runners-up at the Australian Open and captured a French Open title last year. Vesnina was a Wimbledon doubles runner-up in 2010.
The left-handed Makarova will play in the women's singles semifinals on Friday.