Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Hingis and Murray take mixed doubles title

Hingis and Murray take mixed doubles title

"He said he came in the middle of the first set". 'I think he just waited in the lockers. He said he didn't watch it.

"I approached Jamie because he is a very nice guy and everybody knew I had been..."

Murray and Hingis celebrate after winning the title.

After fellow Swiss Roger Federer had claimed a record eighth Wimbledon singles title, Hingis and Murray delighted the Centre Court crowd with a 6-4 6-4 victory over reigning champions Heather Watson of Britain and Finland's Henri Kontinen.

The 31-year-old said: "The first time, it was the first time I ever played mixed doubles". 'Probably, yeah, ' he replied. The win comes 20 years after Hingis won her first title at Wimbledon but as a lanky player from Switzerland laced with the consistency in her groundstrokes and in sharp contrast to the power game that the fans are accustomed to seeing now. 'I don't take no for an answer.

Jamie left me hanging overnight. "I was like 'Oh, my God, did he read it?"

"If I can help, with my little bit, to help kids start playing tennis and learn, I will".

"But like I said, it was a great opportunity".

'The men's doubles for me is obviously my biggest goal of the year. "It's going to take something pretty special to potentially take my eye off the ball with it". 'But it was a great opportunity.

"You talked about how one British player was going to win Wimbledon this year and I hoped it was going to be mine". It was an easy decision'. Too often on the Hingis serve he either shanked the return out or sent it within the vast reach of Murray at the net.

They did a repeat in the second set - broke in the seventh game - to hold in the tenth and lift the title.

Another Murray intervention sealed a second break for 4-3 and this time they served out when the Scot hammered away a smash.

The 25-year-old Channel Islander reflected afterwards on her first ever loss with Kontinen. Murray and Hingis have yet to discuss future plans but it seems likely they will defend their title next summer and they may even play together in the US Open later this summer.

On whether they would team up again, Hingis said: 'Now we know what's coming up. I've participated in the past, and in the future - when I don't play any more - I want to be more involved.

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