Australian Open: Martina Hingis Crowned as Mixed Doubles Champion

February 1st saw Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR PRO 125, SHT-PRO) win her first Grand Slam title since her doubles comeback in 2013, earning the mixed doubles crown at the Australian Open. Paired with Indian doubles legend Leander Paes, the two seized every single one of their matches in straight sets. The No. 7 seeded pair faced defending champions Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor in the final, defeating them in just over an hour. The two secured five aces and 19 winners against their No. 3 seeded opponents, the match ending at 6-4, 6-3. “Since 1995 I’ve been coming to Australia, getting some titles in singles, and another in mixed doubles. I’m very proud,” Martina remarked, after earning her 16th Grand Slam title. She then went on to praise the support Yonex has offered her throughout her career, “YONEX has always supported me. Thank you for all the support I’ve been receiving for the last 20 years.”

Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour GSHT-PRO) is a semifinalist in this year’s Australian Open, after a three-hour and a half full-set epic against Novak Djokovic. Stan solidly took two sets over the world No. 1, who had until that point not dropped a set throughout the tournament. After a tight opening set that saw both players excel in their service games, the match see-sawed as the two vied for a spot in the final. Stan demonstrated remarkable resilience throughout the match, scoring a stunning 10 aces and 42 winners, in comparison to five and 27 respectively by his opponent. Additionally, while the Serb was only broken once en route to the semifinal, Stan managed to break him five times throughout the match.

In other news, Pierre-Hugues Herbert (VCORE Tour G, YONEX String) and his partner Nicolas Mahut made it to the men’s doubles finals, winning their first three matches impressively in straight sets. Pierre’s advance to this year’s Australian Open final marks his first time advancing to a Grand Slam final.

The first Grand Slam of the year has come to an end, with Team YONEX displaying fine results with Yonex’s racquets, strings and apparel. Be sure to keep an eye out for YONEX players in this year’s Roland Garros, starting in May.

2015 Australian Open Tournament Results

Mixed Doubles (Final)

[7] Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR PRO 125, SHT-PRO) (SUI)/Leander Paes (IND) def. [3] Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)/Daniel Nostor (CAN) 6-4, 6-3

Men’s Doubles (Final)

Simone Bolelli (ITA)/Fabio Fognini (ITA) def. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (VCORE Tour G, YONEX String)(FRA)/Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 6-4

Men’s Singles (Semifinal)

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) def. [4] Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour GSHT-PRO) SUI) 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0