Wimbledon 2017: Martina Hingis, Jamie Murray clinch mixed doubles title

Henrietta Strickland
July 17, 2017

I really enjoyed the whole week.

Jamie Murray ensured the family name will be on a Wimbledon trophy for the third time in five years as he and the former world No1 Martina Hingis beat the defending champions Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen of Finland 6-4, 6-4 to win the mixed doubles crown.

As a woman who had already won 17 Grand Slam doubles titles, not to mention singles crowns - the first of which came at Wimbledon 20 years ago - Hingis, 36, is a great catch for anyone who wants to win a major title.

Murray got his hands on the Wimbledon mixed doubles silverware 10 years after first winning it with Jelena Jankovic.

The pairs exchanged breaks in the opening set before Murray and Hingis edged ahead.

The crowd's support was certainly evenly spread, to the extent that one particularly generous spectator felt compelled to shout out, "Come on, all of you", much to the amusement of the masses.

Another Murray intervention sealed a second break for 4-3 and this time they served out when the Scot hammered away a smash. They did a repeat in the second set - broke in the seventh game - to hold in the tenth and lift the title.

A stinging Hingis return set up two break points, and she and Murray converted the second when Watson chipped a short ball into the net.

But each was saved and when Watson flashed wide a smash, all that was left was for a booming Murray serve to finish off.

Heather told the post-match press conference the crowd had been "really loud" and "a lot more involved" in last year's final.

But two Brits are still flying the flag for the home nation going into the final day of action, although they will be on opposite sides of the net.

Meanwhile, there was a British flavour to the mixed doubles final and a young Spaniard took his first step in Federer's shadow.

"I cry with Roger when he won the grand slam".

Hingis said she approached Murray because she knew he was too shy to ask her. Murray jumped at the chance.

"The first time I won, it was the first time I ever played mixed doubles".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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