Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis are just four wins away from from breaking a record that has stood for 26 years. They beat Vera Dushevina and Barbora Krejcikova 6-3, 6-1 to win the St. Petersburg Open crown in just one hour of play.
SanTina, as they are more popularly known, have won forty matches in a row. They have been close to unstoppable since an upset loss in the French Open quarterfinals last year. Since then, they have claimed titles at Wimbledon, US Open, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Beijing, the WTA Finals in Singapore, Brisbane, Sydney, Australian Open and recently, the St. Petersburg Open. With just five victories they could break Jana Novotna and Helena Sukova's fourty four consecutive wins, which has been held since 1990.
“We’re obviously very happy to win another title but now that we’re coming closer and closer to the next target of 44, we can’t help but think about,” admitted Mirza.
"But it’s not something we really want to think about; we’re really excited to be at 40. We didn’t think in our wildest dreams that this was going to happen. I think I can speak on behalf of both of us that we’re going to play every match on merit and try to get to 44.”
Despite having almost broken one record, they are infact a long way off breaking Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver's record of 109 consecutive matches in a row which has been set since 1983.
The pair first teamed up at Indian Wells almost a year ago and since then they have gone on to win 13 out of the 14 titles together losing only the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, which makes them one of the most successful doubles pairs of all-time.