Serena Williams has shut it down for the 2015 season, but big sister Venus is still active and playing well. She added a 47th singles title (to go along with 21 women’s doubles and 2 mixed doubles titles) to her Hall of Fame career resume by winning the 2015 Wuhan Open. This is her first Premier 5-level title since 2010 when she won Dubai for the second straight year. Unfortunately, I was hoping for a tight three-setter between Venus and this year’s Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza, but the rising Spanish star was done in by an injured ankle, retiring in the second set with Williams leading, 6-3 3-0. Despite the loss, Muguruza will enter the top 5 in the rankings for the first time in her career. Venus is rising up the ranks as well, moving up to #14. Despite Garbine not being at her best, make no mistake…Venus earned this crown. Consider the heart she showed fighting back from a break down in the third set of her quarterfinal match against Johanna Konta and erasing a match point against her in her semifinal match against this year’s US Open runner-up Roberta Vinci, the woman that ended sister Serena’s calendar year Grand Slam quest. Her age and Sjogren’s Syndrome dictate that Venus has her good days and not so good days, but when she’s on and feeling well she can still play championship level tennis.
Speaking of all-time tennis legends still showing their greatness, Martina Hingis notched her 48th women’s doubles title by teaming with Sania Mirza to capture the 2015 Wuhan Open doubles crown. The Hingis-Mirza duo is looking nearly unstoppable these days. This is their 7th title of 2015. They’ve won the last two Majors, Wimbledon and the US Open. And they’ve won their last three events together without dropping a set. Players tend to be able to continue in doubles longer than singles. At this point, I see no reason that Martina Hingis can’t continue to dominate in doubles several more years.
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VENUS WILLIAMS (won 6-3 3-0 (retired) vs 5 Garbine Muguruza)
1 MARTINA HINGIS/SANIA MIRZA (won 6-2 6-3 vs Irina-Camelia Begu/Monica Niculescu)