The Swiss Martina Hingis and Chinese Taipei player Yung-Jan Chan were crowned champions of the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open women’s doubles after beating Hungarian player Timea Babos and the Czech Andrea Hlavackova in two sets in the final (6-4, 6-3). It is the second title they have won since they started playing doubles together, having also lifted the trophy at Indian Wells in March. After receiving the Ecovidrio trophy, which was made from glass recycled by the citizens of Madrid, with a design inspired by the structure of the Caja Mágica, Chan went up into the stands to thank her compatriots for their support.
After the match, the winners were very happy with the result. “I think we have the perfect game for each other. This is our fifth tournament together and we already have two titles. We’re very happy about it, this is our first on clay and we won so we’re already looking forward to the upcoming tournaments”.
For Martina, the connection she has with her teammate both on and off the court is the secret to their achievements. “That’s the key to success, the partnership. Whether you have a good day or a bad day. Of course it’s easier if things go well”. Despite the win, they noted that it had not been straight forward: “We had a couple of tough matches but we got through them. As the tournament went on we improved and got better and better”, said Hingis.
They were delighted to have participated in the Mutua Madrid Open and very impressed with Spain and the tournament: “The stadium is beautiful and we love the city, we enjoy the food here so much”. And their time in Madrid was not only limited to tennis. “We even got a little bit of shopping in”, laughed both players, describing the fun they also had off the courts.