Saina Nehwal is My Player of the Year Leander Paes
Jan 31, Qualification for Sunday's Australian Open mixed doubles final meant Martina Hingis had been playing in Grand Slam finals for half her life. Sep 16, Leander Paes arrived at Mumbai early Wednesday morning after winning the US Open mixed doubles title with Martina Hingis on Saturday. Paes has Home · Christmas · Style · Wedding · Family & Relationships · Home & Garden · Travel · Horoscopes · Quizzes · Dating NOW PLAYING: Relationships. Jan 8, In an exclusive chat with NDTV, Leander Paes rated Saina Nehwal's two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles playing alongside Martina Hingis.
The partnerships were new. So I was a little nervous. Normally, I give it three months to see how it develops.
But to see both bear fruit so fast is very encouraging. The hard work is paying off. With Raven Klaasen being in the finals of Chennai and winning in Auckland, we are No 1 in the world as a team.
It's good to be back as No. And then with Martina Hingis, the first Grand Slam. The name Martina seems to be a lucky one for you There definitely is a lucky charm, especially with Martina Navratilova.
Every time she comes to the stand and watches me play, I never lose a match. My relationship with Navratilova has been really tremendous and I foresee that my friendship with Martina Hingis is going to be just the same. You should bribe Navratilova to watch more of your matches. Laughs You know it's amazing, I don't even tell her when I am playing. She just shows up.
And then I try and be there for her in the important times of her life. And he turns to his team and asks them to make a note to take a present for Navratilova because she just got married. How did you convince Hingis to partner you? That was harder than winning the Slam! She said no the first time. She was like 'no, no, I haven't played tennis for so long!
It's too much of a responsibility'. So I was like the worse is you are going to lose. She said 'no, but you can win with so many others. The proof is in the pudding. And we have won it without losing a set.
Doubles tennis or speed-dating?
That's never happened in my career. The French Open mixed doubles title is one thing missing from your resume. Do you think Hingis can make it happen? The real goal is the French Open. I have a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles to finish there. Advertisement "Tennis gives me the adrenaline that you go out there and it's like this rush," Hingis said after the pair won their semi-final on Friday.
Leander Paes returns home after US Open triumph
However she cut off a reporter who began asking about the prospect of a return to the singles court. Since Sachin Tendulkar hung up the whites for good, Paes is Indian sport's ironman, having turned pro in Sunday will be the doubles specialist's 32nd slam final. He is already the oldest man to have won a major, having acquired that honour after winning the US Open men's doubles crown with Radek Stepanek.
Paes' triumphs have been more evenly spread out, first making a slam final with Bhupathi at Melbourne Park in If they can match their teamwork in front of the media on the court, Hingis and Paes will be hard to beat.
Paes is famous for having more partners than Wilt Chamberlain. Hingis is 26th in the mixed game. Hingis feigned offence at that appraisal in a piece of brilliant comedic timing.