MARTINA HINGIS and Sania Mirza’s hopes of holding all four Grand Slam titles were dashed following a 6-3 6-2 defeat by Czech duo Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the French Open third round last Sunday (29).
The Indo-Swiss team were hoping to win four majors in a row after following up last year’s Wimbledon and US Open triumphs with victory in January’s Australian Open.
But the top seeds (above) were all at sea on a gloomy day at Roland Garros and their bid to complete the ‘Santina Slam’ ended after the Czechs blasted a service return winner to break Hing- is in the final game.
Hingis and Mirza were fuming at the umpire after a call went against them trailing 4-1 in the second set. Mirza tossed the ball in anger but the duo failed to win the argument, or the match, leaving Krejcikova and Sini- akova to celebrate a memo- rable victory.
It proved to be a bad day for the big names in doubles as Venus and Serena Williams, the last women’s team to hold all four majors in 2010, also perished in the third round, beaten 6-3 6-3 by the Dutch-Swedish pairing of Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson.