September 9, 2017 / 6:22 PM / 2 years ago

Hingis and Murray win U.S. Open mixed doubles title

Tennis - US Open - Mixed Doubles Final - New York, U.S. - September 9, 2017 - Champions Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Jamie Murray of England hold trophy after defeating Hao-Ching Chan of Taiwan and Michael Venus of New Zealand. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Switzerland’s Martina Hingis and Britain’s Jamie Murray fought off a match point to defeat Chan Hao-ching and Michael Venus 6-1 4-6 (10-8) to claim the U.S. Open mixed doubles title on Saturday.

The top-seeded partnership, which won their first tournament together at Wimbledon in July, pushed their team record to an unblemished 10-0 with the win over the number three seed.

Hingis, a former world number one singles player who won the U.S. Open title 20 years ago, praised her partner, who is the brother of world number two Andy Murray.

“He’s a great partner to have. His wingspan as you saw at the end,” she said, referring to Murray’s reaching overhead smash that ended the tight super-tiebreaker to cap off the contest.

Murray said his younger brother, who withdrew from the tournament with a hip injury, congratulated him after the match.

“He texted me and said well done,” he told reporters.

It is Hingis’ second U.S. Open mixed doubles crown in three years and seventh mixed title overall.

Murray also won a mixed title at Wimbledon in 2007.

The tournament was the first for the partnership of Chan and Venus, who needed three sets to win all six of their matches leading up to the final.

Reporting by Rory Carroll, editing by Gene Cherry

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