Jamie Murray & Hingis edge Watson & Kontinen to bring Wimbledon to close

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2017

Murray said: "It's just a great opportunity for me to play and to, like, really feel like you could do good things on the court and have a great shot to win".

And in the end it has been an easy tournament, really, as Hingis matched her Swiss compatriot Roger Federer by winning the title without dropping a set.

"A lot of guys in the locker room would be jumping at the chance [to partner Hingis]".

Murray claimed his second grand slam crown in mixed doubles - 10 years after first winning at SW19 with Jelena Jankovic - as he and Hingis overcame defending champions Watson and Kontinen 6-4 6-4.

Murray's younger brother Andy, who lost in the singles quarter-finals on Wednesday, is usually too nervous to watch his sibling in person but the three-time major champion was keeping tabs close by. "One Briton was going to win a Wimbledon title this year and I was hoping it would be mine".

She said: 'I'm so happy to reach the final with Henri and I'm very pleased with how my singles have gone over this grass-court season'. "It's a great achievement", Murray said.

Having made a decision to end her partnership with Leander Paes, with whom she was beaten in the final at Wimbledon last year, Martina Hingis contacted Jamie Murray just before this year's mixed doubles event with a simple question. "I just saw him there", Jamie said.

'He said he came in the middle of the first set, ' Jamie said afterwards. And they were rewarded with a match full of power, angles, deft volleys and outstanding movement around the net, especially from Murray, whose net skills left the crowd gasping at times. I think it's paid off but I'm a bit exhausted now.

Five-time singles grand-slam victor Hingis was expecting Murray, who has three doubles grand slams to his name, to agree to join forces.

"Henri tells me what to do and I try my best to do it, and then if I succeed he just goes and wins the point for us". A slightly mis-hit return from Hingis set up two break points for the top seeds on the Watson serve at 3-3 and they took the second to get the vital break as Watson hit a forehand into the net.

And while Hingis refused to confirm whether they would play together again, she admitted it had been an enjoyable partnership.

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