Hingis & Bryans Seize Momentum In Rome
May 16, 2016
A trio of Washington Kastles players swept the doubles titles at the Internazionali BNL D'Italia over the weekend, cementing themselves as prime contenders at the season’s second major, Roland Garros.
Martina Hingis, who will play her fourth consecutive season with the Kastles, claimed her fifth title of 2016 with Sania Mirza, as the two beat the reunited Russian duo of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-7(5), 10-3. Hingis and Mirza will look to complete the ‘Santina Slam’ at the French Open, having won the past three Grand Slam events.
first clay court title! woohoo! @mirzasaniar @internazionalibnlditalia #ibi16
Fellow Kastles Bob and Mike Bryan lifted their biggest trophy of the year by rallying past Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 for their fourth triumph at the Foro Italico. Prior to reaching the final, the Bryans saved three match points in their second-round win over Kastles teammate Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson of the Orange County Breakers. The Bryans will make their debut for the Kastles on August 1st alongside Hingis.
Other Mylan WTT Family members enjoying solid showings in Rome included Daria Gavrilova (Springfield Lasers), Daria Kasatkina (Philadelphia Freedoms) and Christina McHale (New York Empire), who all reached the third round in women’s singles, and Oliver Marach (New York Empire), who was a quarterfinalist in men’s doubles. Gavrilova and McHale posted notable wins, with Gavrilova taking out Simona Halep and McHale upending Ana Ivanovic.
Breakers teammates Nicole Gibbs and Alla Kudryavtseva began their final French Open preparations at WTA events in Nurnberg and Strasbourg. Gibbs defeated Krystina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3 in her Nurnberg opener, while Kudryavtseva successfully came through Strasbourg qualifying before upsetting Alize Cornet 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. Gibbs and Kudryavtseva will continue their campaigns this week before heading to Paris.