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Hingis takes doubles title

Former World No 1 Martina Hingis won her first title in seven years when she partnered Sabine Lisicki to win the Women's Doubles at the Sony Open in Miami.

Hingis and Lisicki, who entered the tournament as a wild-card entry, beat second seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.

The final was the first for the 33-year-old Hingis since she came out of retirement last year to play doubles and was her first win since Doha in 2007.

The Swiss veteran and her German partner won the last seven points of the deciding match tie-break to take the trophy.

On their way to the final, Hingis and Lisicki beat sixth seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Safarova and fifth seeds Cara Black and Sania Mirza.

"It's very exciting," Hingis said.

"When you convert the match point, you're like, Yes, we did it. I just tried to ... not make the mistakes. So it's amazing, yeah."

The 33-year-old said the win has motivated her to play more doubles.

"Two weeks ago if you asked me, it probably would be a completely different answer from today," she said. "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, definitely things change. I would be very happy to continue to play some more doubles."

Hingis has now claimed three Key Biscayne titles following wins in 1998 and 1999 with Jana Novotna as her partner.

After almost six years in retirement, Hingis returned to the doubles tour in 2013, playing five WTA events alongside Daniela Hantuchova.

After the US Open she didn't play for another six months but got back in the game at Indian Wells alongside Lisicki earlier this month.