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Martina Hingis returns to the winner's circle

STEVE KEATING
Last updated 09:42 31/03/2014
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VICTORS: Martina Hingis (left) and Sabine Lisicki celebrate with the Butch Buchholz Trophy after winning the women's doubles championship of the Sony Open.

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TOUGH BATTLE: Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia in action against Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Sabine Lisicki of Germany during their final match during day 14 at the Sony Open.

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Martina Hingis has made a winning return when the Swiss player and German partner Sabine Lisicki claimed the Sony Open doubles title   with a 4-6 6-4 10-5 over Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

The title was the 33-year-old Hingis's first since winning the doubles in Doha in 2007.

"Obviously it is very exciting, when you convert that match point, you are like, yes, we did it," said Hingis after the match on Sunday (local time).

Since retiring in 2007, Hingis, a former world number one, has flirted with a doubles comeback.

Last year the winner of five singles and nine doubles grand slam career titles attempted a return with Daniela Hantuchova but found little success, winning just three of five matches and falling in the first round of the US Open.

Hingis launched a second comeback this season, losing in the first round of Indian Wells, but looked right at home on the Miami hardcourts, returning to the winner's circle at an event she won twice (1998-99).

"Two weeks ago if you asked me, I probably would have had a completely different answer," said Hingis, when asked about her future plans. "Last week, I was like, I'm not sure if I want to put myself out there like this and lose first, second round.

"Now after this victory, things have definitely changed. I would be very happy to continue to play some more doubles of course."

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