Hingis, Mirza team to win US Open women’s doubles title

Updated Sep 13, 2015 at 1:49p ET

NEW YORK (AP) Martina Hingis earned her 11th Grand Slam women's doubles title and second at the U.S. Open.

Already a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Hingis paired with Sania Mirza of India to beat Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3 in the U.S. Open final Sunday.

The title comes 18 years after the 34-year-old Hingis' first in doubles, at the Australian Open, and 17 years after the Swiss star won her other doubles championship at Flushing Meadows.

Asked how to compare her game now to back when she won with Jana Novotna at the U.S. Open in 1998, Hingis said: ''It's different. I try to make the maximum out of my potential. I think I do volley better than I used to. … I don't have to worry about the baseline game – I've got Sania there.''

Hingis also won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title this year with Leander Paes.

Hingis and Mirza only began playing as a team in March, and now they've won a second Grand Slam trophy in a row, after Wimbledon in July.

''From the start, we hit it off,'' Hingis said. ''Our games just really complement each other.''

She and Mirza were seeded No. 1 in New York. Dellacqua and Shvedova were seeded fourth.

''With all the pressure on us, all the time, we're really happy to come through,'' Mirza said.

Said Shvedova: ''They're very tough to beat. Maybe we can beat them next time.''

Hingis, who reached No. 1 in the rankings and won five Grand Slam singles titles in the 1990s, initially quit tennis in 2002 because of foot and leg injuries, then rejoined the circuit full-time in 2006. She announced her retirement again in 2007, when she was given a two-year suspension for testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon. At the time, she denied taking the drug but did not appeal the ruling.

She returned to the tennis tour in recent years as a coach and now is back playing, perhaps with an eye to competing at next year's Rio Olympics.

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