Previous Wimbledon success 'feels like it was in another life' - Hingis

Previous Wimbledon success 'feels like it was in another life' - Hingis

Martina Hingis claimed her previous Wimbledon titles felt like they happened in "another life" after she won the women's doubles with Sania Mirza on Saturday.

Hingis and Mirza came from 2-5 down in the third set to defeat Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 at SW19, with the Swiss veteran playing in her first Wimbledon final since claiming the women's doubles at the All England Club in 1998.

Afterwards, Hingis was reminded that the 17-year gap between Wimbledon titles was exactly half a lifetime ago.

"Yeah, I know. It feels like it was in another life," the 34-year-old said.

Hingis won women's doubles titles in 1996 with Helena Sukova as a 15-year-old and two years later with Jana Novotna, while she also claimed the single's championship in 1997.

Having started her second comeback in 2014 - after first retiring in 2003, Hingis returned to the WTA Tour from 2006-07 - the Swiss insisted she never lost faith in her ability.

"I always felt like I had one of the best volleys in the world, one of the best backhands in the world, so you got to believe in something if you want to win," she said. 

"I have the best forehand from the other side, so..."

Both Hingis and Mirza knew, however, that the final could easily have gone the other way.

After holding serve and then breaking their opponents to reach 4-5 in the third set, Hingis and Mirza levelled the set before bad light forced a stoppage in play as the roof was closed and the lights were turned on.

Under lights and in front of a raucous crowd, the Swiss and the Indian could not be stopped.

"It's definitely the crowd who made us win this match at the end," Hingis said.

Mirza added: "The energy was unbelievable."

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