Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Double delight for Brits! Tennis fans celebrate British champion at Wimbledon

Double delight for Brits! Tennis fans celebrate British champion at Wimbledon

It was just a great opportunity for me to play and to really feel like you could do good things on the court and have a great shot to win. When she texted me it was an easy decision and it's great to have the trophy again.

The victory gave the 36-year-old Hingis her sixth Wimbledon title - comprising one singles crown, three doubles and two mixed doubles.

The big-hitting Kontinen, the men's doubles world No1, had his moments and Watson held her own but last year's champions were always up against it with Hingis's dipping returns perfectly complementing Murray's sharp net play.

His younger brother Andy, the defending singles champion, was knocked out in the quarter-finals.

"You talked about how one British player was going to win Wimbledon this year and I hoped it was going to be mine".

"I haven't really played that much in the last couple of years but for me it was a great opportunity to play with Martina", Murray told reporters after their semifinal win. Having come through a mid-career slump in 2013 when he considered giving up the sport, the Scot has won two doubles Grand Slam with Bruno Soares. Murray said: "I just saw him there".

'He said he came in the middle of the first set, ' Jamie said afterwards. He said he didn't watch it.

Hingis said she approached Murray because she knew he was too shy to ask her. Murray jumped at the chance.

It was left to Murray the elder to do the business once more at the end of the set to break once more, before Murray served it out. We'll have plenty of time to do that tonight for the next tournaments coming up'.

Hingis, who won five Grand Slam singles titles between 1997 and 1999, has won five major mixed doubles titles, four of them since the beginning of 2015. Obviously took me a long time to get a second one.

The holders improved in the second set, and began to do some damage on Murray's serve.

On whether they would team up again, Hingis said: 'Now we know what's coming up. Murray and Hingis have yet to discuss future plans but it seems likely they will defend their title next summer and they may even play together in the US Open later this summer.

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