INDIAN tennis ace Sania Mirza picked up her first title of the year, combining with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to lift the Brisbane International women’s doubles title, but ended up losing the World No. 1 crown to her partner.
The top-seeded Indo-American duo triumphed 6-2, 6-3 against the second-seeded Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the final here.
The trophy, however, ended Sania’s 91-week reign as the world No. 1 doubles player in the WTA rankings. That position was taken over by Bethanie. “I feel like I’m handing over Miss World No. 1 crown,” Sania said in her post-match speech.