Wimbledon - Mixed Doubles: Dominant Murray and Hingis win it all
- Author: Stacy Allen Jul 17, 2017,
Jul 17, 2017, 18:39
Centre Court remained almost full after Roger Federer had won a record eighth singles title, and Henman Hill was in raucous good spirits as fans - some of whom had queued for up to two days to gain entry - supported either "Team Hev" or "Team Jamie", although one Centre Court wag couldn't decide who he would rather win, shouting "Come on, all of you" as the score stood at three all in the second set.
Jamie Murray won a battle of Britain at Wimbledon as he and Martina Hingis overcame Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen to secure the mixed doubles title.
"You talked about how one British player was going to win Wimbledon this year and I hoped it was going to be mine". Whether it's the singles, doubles or mixed.
Murray, though, did not see the text until the following morning.
Murray and Hingis will start the final as favourites but there will be at least one set of British hands on the trophy come Sunday evening no matter what, a prospect Watson says she is relishing. I was like, "Oh, my God, did he read it?" "She's an unbelievable player", he said before the final. But I would understand, especially here, it's always tough.
"I knew we would have to play a good match if we wanted to have a chance to win and we were able to do that". This is the only tournament that still does it.
Hingis, who celebrated a 17 Grand Slam and was Wimbledon singles champion in 1997, was delighted she sent Murray the message to make it a Swiss double after Federer's eighth singles triumph which proceeded the mixed encounter.
Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis have never played competitively as a team but have joined up at the request of the Swiss woman and were given the No1 seed in the mixed doubles.
The Scot admitted that, had it been anyone else asking, he probably would have said no. "I'm very happy and looking forward to some rest now". But it's usually considered a bonus, something extra to play for if the bread and butter - the men's and women's doubles - does not go according to plan.
The 31-year-old said: "I forgot what it felt like the last time I won". It's going to take something pretty special to kind of maybe potentially take my eye off the ball with it. But it was a great opportunity to play with Martina. Like, I knew I could do well with her.
And it proved to be a good one as a almost full Centre Court crowd gathered to see them edge out Kontinen and Watson, who tested them more than any other pair had done in the previous rounds. The British-Finnish pairing were defending champions, having won previous year as a scratch pairing, while Murray and Hingis were also playing together for the first time in this championships.