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By SP_COP on October 28, 2014 | From espn.go.com
'Incredible Journey' For Martina Hingis Ends With Loss In Doubles Final NEW YORK -- She was 15 the first time she won a Grand Slam title, and Martina Hingis proved 18 years later that she still has it with an appearance in the US Open doubles final Friday night.

She called it "an incredible journey," but Hingis fell short with partner Flavia Pennetta of completing the adventure, as Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina became the first all-Russian women's team to win the US Open title, with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory.

"We definitely had our chances, but when we look back starting the tournament, if you asked me to sign a paper that I'm in the finals, I would probably accept it with my eyes closed," Hingis said.

"We showed that we can beat the best doubles teams out there, but I felt like the juice ran out a little bit at the end."

Hingis and Pennetta looked like they might run away with what would have been Hingis' 10th Grand Slam doubles titles and 16th major championship overall. But after leading 6-2, 3-2 and up a break in the second, the fourth-seeded Russians rallied back, taking advantage of Hingis' second serve, while the unseeded Hingis and Pennetta converted only 3 of 12 break chances, 0 of 6 in the third set.

It was the second Grand Slam title for Makarova and Vesnina and wrapped up a good fortnight for Makarova, who reached the semifinals in singles before losing to Serena Williams.

It was Hingis, however, who drew the fascination of the healthy-sized Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd as well as the media corps, many of whom were not covering the sport in 1997 when Hingis first burst onto the scene as the youngest No. 1 player of the 20th century at 16 years, 6 months.

In 1998, Hingis won all four Grand Slam doubles titles with two different partners, but it has been 12 years since her last appearance in a Grand Slam doubles final after winning the Australian Open with Anna Kournikova in 2002. Hingis' last slam title came in the mixed doubles at the 2006 Australian Open with Mahesh Bhupathi....
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