French Open 2016, Day 13 as it happened: Martina Hingis-Leander Paes win Mixed Doubles crown

Nikhila Makker June 03, 2016 23:26:01 IST
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French Open 2016, Day 13 as it happened: Martina Hingis-Leander Paes win Mixed Doubles crown



June 03, 2016 - 23:26 (IST)

It's the 18th Grand Slam title for Leander Paes - 10 in Mixed Doubles and 8 in Men's Doubles.

June 03, 2016 - 23:24 (IST)

Leander Paes-Martina Hingis beat Sania Mirza-Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 to clinch Mixed Doubles title.

June 03, 2016 - 23:20 (IST)

Paes/Hingis jumped to a 8-6 lead but Mirza cuts it short with an amazing forehand winner. Back on serve.

June 03, 2016 - 23:18 (IST)

Hingis matching Mirza forehand to forehand. The Indo-Swiss pair lead 7-5.

June 03, 2016 - 23:13 (IST)

Now, Hingis/Paes have pulled two points back! 3-3. This is heading to a close finish.

June 03, 2016 - 23:11 (IST)

Mirza/Dodig have surged ahead in the match tie-break, 3-1. 

June 03, 2016 - 23:08 (IST)

Martina Hingis and Leander Paes take the second set, 6-4. 

It's all level in the Mixed Doubles Finals match! A match tie-breaker will decide the title!

June 03, 2016 - 22:53 (IST)
June 03, 2016 - 22:53 (IST)

It's back on serve in the second set! Some excellent returning from the Indo-Croat duo as they make it 3-3. 

June 03, 2016 - 22:48 (IST)

Preview: Novak Djokovic, fresh from breaking the $100 million prize money barrier, aims for a place in a fourth French Open final Friday with fans handed the chance to watch the world number one for just $22.

After a rain-ravaged tournament saw only two hours of play on Monday and Tuesday, Roland Garros organisers have been battling to get back on schedule.

Usually, just the men's semi-finals are played on the second Friday but this year all four semi-finals in the men's and women's singles are being staged with two on the Philippe Chatrier Court and two uniquely on the Suzanne Lenglen arena.

French Open 2016 Day 13 as it happened Martina HingisLeander Paes win Mixed Doubles crown

Novak Djokovic. Getty

That has led organisers to offer 8,000 seats at 20 euros ($22.3) for Lenglen where Djokovic will face Austria's Dominic Thiem after Samantha Stosur and Garbine Muguruza have completed the first women's last-four clash.

In stark contrast, on Saturday and Sunday, the women's and men's finals will respectively be held, as tradition demands, on Philippe Chatrier.

Tickets for those matches, where Serena Williams could equal the Open era majors record of 22 titles and Djokovic can win a first Paris title and complete the career Grand Slam, were being sold late Friday for 555 euros ($620) and 1,330 euros ($1,483).

Roland Garros generosity was no doubt encouraged by the sight of a two-thirds empty Suzanne Lenglen court on Thursday where Thiem defeated David Goffin to make his first semi-final at a major and Kiki Bertens saw off Timea Bacsinszky to reach a maiden women's last-four match-up.

Temperatures at a shivering 12 degrees did little to fill spaces and similar autumnal gloom is forecast for Friday.

World number one Djokovic, a three-time runner-up, is still seeking a first Roland Garros crown to secure a career Grand Slam.

The 29-year-old top seed, who already holds the Wimbledon, US and Australian Open titles, will start as overwhelming favourite against Thiem who he has defeated in straight sets in their only two career meetings.

Djokovic will be playing in his 30th Grand Slam semi-final and eighth in Paris while Austrian 13th seed Thiem is into his first at the majors.

Djokovic won the first of his 11 majors at Australia in 2008 as a 20-year-old. Thiem, 22, has yet to make the breakthrough to a final at the Slams.

But he is one of the in-form players in 2016 with his 41 match wins second only to Djokovic's 42. He also has a season-best 25 wins on clay, a run which included a victory over Roger Federer in Rome and the title in Nice.

On Chatrier, Andy Murray has history on his mind as he aims to be the first British man since Bunny Austin in 1937 to reach the final when he faces defending champion Stan Wawrinka.

Murray won't under-estimate Wawrinka who stunned Djokovic in last year's final. The 31-year-old Swiss is the oldest semi-finalist in Paris since Jimmy Connors in 1985.

Murray leads their head-to-head 8-7 but Wawrinka has won their last three meetings. The third seed has also won both their tour claycourt meetings -- in Rome in 2008 and Monte Carlo in 2013.

Also on Chatrier, 34-year-old Serena Williams, who is aiming to be the oldest ever women's champion on Saturday, faces the unexpected challenge of unseeded Bertens.

Serena almost saw her hopes of winning a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title in Paris blasted out of the water in a nervy 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final win over lowly-ranked Yulia Putintseva.

The other semi-final sees Stosur, 32, looking to return to the final for the first time since 2010 when she faces rising Spanish player Muguruzu, last year's Wimbledon runner-up.

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