Hingis and Federer celebrate historic victories
Swiss tennis stars Martina Hingis and Roger Federer have made history after simultaneously winning the Sydney Open.
It is the first time ever that a Swiss woman and man have made it a double win at the same tournament.
Federer in top form
Federer crushed the Argentine qualifier, Juan Ignacio Chela, in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, to win the second title of his career to date.
The 20-year-old Swiss was quick to take control of his match against Chela, breaking the Argentine baseliner in the sixth game to win the first set.
He broke Chela early in the second set to put himself in pole position to win, and broke him again in the final game to claim the title.
“I didn’t expect to win this tournament because there was a lot of wind and I’m not a fan of that,” said Federer, who ranked 12th at the end of last year. “I’m very happy to start the year like this – my tennis was fantastic.”
Federer is the number 11 seed for the Australian Open, which starts on Monday in Melbourne.
Hingis back on track
Hingis said she did not expect to win the women’s title for the third time in six years, after being absent from the circuit for three months due to an ankle injury.
But after defeating Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-3, she is now hopeful of a first Grand Slam title since the 1999 Australian Open.
“It’s more than I expected at first,” she said after the match. “This victory gives me confidence going into the Aussie Open.”
“It’s nice being back out there now with the best and competing with everyone,” she said.
Hingis, who is seeded third for Monday’s Grand Slam, is set to play Virginie Razzano of France in her opening match.
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