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Mattek-Sands dethrones Mirza as world number one in doubles

Aug 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States hits a shot to Johanna Konta of Great Britain on day one of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

LONDON (Reuters) - American Bethanie Mattek-Sands will rise to number one in the world when the WTA doubles rankings are released on Monday.

Mattek-Sands sealed top spot after winning her 23rd WTA doubles title in Brisbane on Saturday with partner Sania Mirza.

She ended her Indian partner’s 91-week reign as world number one.

“Being number one is something that you dream of from the time you pick up a racket,” Mattek-Sands, whose daring outfits and knee-high socks mark her out from the crowd, told the WTA.

“You’re not given number one -- you have to earn it and I feel really proud of myself for getting there.”

Mirza added: “I feel like I‘m handing over the Miss World No 1 crown. Congratulations to her for becoming No 1. She has had an amazing year.”,

Mattek-Sands has won three grand slam doubles titles all with Czech Lucie Safarova -- the most recent coming at last year’s U.S. Open.

Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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