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Tennis - Mattek-Sands dethrones Sania Mirza as world number one in doubles
January 8, 2017 / 3:50 AM / 10 months ago

Tennis - Mattek-Sands dethrones Sania Mirza as world number one in doubles

LONDON (Reuters) - American Bethanie Mattek-Sands will rise to number one in the world when the WTA doubles rankings are released on Monday.

Sania Mirza of India, partnering with Martina Hingis of Switzerland (not pictured), chases down a return to Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta, both of Italy, during their women's doubles semifinals match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Files

Mattek-Sands sealed top spot after winning her 23rd WTA doubles title in Brisbane on Saturday with partner Sania Mirza.

She ended her Indian partner’s 91-week reign as world number one.

“Being number one is something that you dream of from the time you pick up a racket,” Mattek-Sands, whose daring outfits and knee-high socks mark her out from the crowd, told the WTA.

“You’re not given number one -- you have to earn it and I feel really proud of myself for getting there.”

Mirza added: “I feel like I‘m handing over the Miss World No 1 crown. Congratulations to her for becoming No 1. She has had an amazing year.”,

Mattek-Sands has won three grand slam doubles titles all with Czech Lucie Safarova -- the most recent coming at last year’s U.S. Open.

Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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