12th July, 2015 proved itself to be a golden day in the history of Indian tennis as it brought with itself immense joy and pride for Indians with Sania Mirza, Sumit Nagal and Leander Paes clinching the Women’s Doubles, Boy’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles title respectively.
Sania Mirza along with the legendary Martina Hingis won the Women’s Doubles Title over the second seeded Russians – Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in a thrilling final. This was Sania’s first Wimbledon title.
Leander Paes partnered with Martina Hingis won the Mixed Doubles title against the Austrian-Hungarian pair Alexander Peya and Timea Babos 6-1, 6-1 in just 40 minutes. The Indo-Swiss pair had won the Australian Open early this year. This was the 16th Grand Slam title for the 42 year old Paes.
The 17 year old Sumit Nagal from Jhajjar, Harayana won the Junior Wimbledon Boys’ Doubles title with Vietnam’s Nam Hoang Ly defeating American-Japanese fourth seeds Reilly Opelka and Akira Santillan 7-6(4), 6-4 in the final in an hour and three minutes.
Rohan Bopanna, however managed to reach the Men’s Doubles semis with his Romanian partner Florin Mergea after beating the top seeded Bryan brothers in the quarter finals but unfortunately missed out on the final berth.
It has been delightful to witness how India has evolved itself into a nation of doubles superpowers in the international tennis circuit over the past two decades. We congratulate them over their achievements and believe that this will motivate many youngsters to get into playing tennis.