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

Faith Castro
July 17, 2017

Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis have never played competitively as a team but have joined up at the request of the Swiss woman and were given the No1 seed in the mixed doubles.

Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis beat Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen to secure the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon. We played a lot of incredible tennis, especially in the final. "Come on - all of you!" he blurted out midway through the second set, to laughs from the crowd. I was hoping for a yes.

Murray, though, did not see the text until the following morning.

Hingis said she approached Murray because she knew he was too shy to ask her. Murray jumped at the chance. "I was like 'Oh, my God, did he read it?" But still the lefty, quite spinny, I found quite tough.

Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray triumphed in the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon. This is the only tournament that still does it.

Hingis was the runner-up to Kontinen and Watson previous year alongside Leander Paes but when she dumped the Indian in favour of Murray, the Scot knew he had a great chance to add to his grand slam tally.

The Finn and the Brit are defending champions after Watson secured her first ever Grand Slam title in any format in this very event previous year.

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Murray hadn't played mixed doubles since the 2016 French Open, but when Hingis contacted him before Wimbledon, he couldn't resist.

The Scot admitted that, had it been anyone else asking, he probably would have said no. Mixed doubles is very popular at Wimbledon and with a guaranteed British victor, the fans probably would have been happy either way. But it's usually considered a bonus, something extra to play for if the bread and butter - the men's and women's doubles - does not go according to plan.

"(Men's) doubles is obviously my biggest goal of the year", said former doubles number one Murray.

"It's great that two Brits are in the final, but it doesn't really make any difference", Watson said.

A stinging Hingis return set up two break points, and she and Murray converted the second when Watson chipped a short ball into the net. "For me, it was kind of an easy decision".

However the fairy-tale run of British No. 2 Heather Watson along with current Doubles World No. 1 Henri Kontinen came to an end.

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