Wimbledon 2017: Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis win mixed doubles title

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"It was just like, 'Hi Jamie, want to play with me?'" Hingis said after she and Murray beat defending champions, Henri Kontinen of Finland and another Briton, Heather Watson, 6-4, 6-4 to win the title Sunday.

Having made a decision to end her partnership with Leander Paes, with whom she was beaten in the final at Wimbledon last year, Martina Hingis contacted Jamie Murray just before this year's mixed doubles event with a simple question.

Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray discuss tactics during the mixed doubles final against Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen.

Swiss Hingis is now a two-time Wimbledon and overall six-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion.

Murray won his first mixed doubles title 10 years ago when he had partnered with Serbia's Jelena Jankovic. "It's going to take something pretty special to kind of maybe, potentially take my eye off the ball with it".

When you have won 22 Grand Slam titles and remain one of the outstanding doubles players in the women's game, the concept that a potential mixed doubles partner would turn you down seems hard to understand.

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'I feel very flattered here, ' interjected 36-year-old Hingis, who texted Murray in the run up to Wimbledon.

"But because it's far away, because of what happened previous year, I just like to take the opportunity to thank the people in the very moment, and make them understand, yes, I hope that I'm back". In the first set, as both men held easily, the key battles were fought on the Watson and Hingis serve.

The crowd's support was certainly evenly spread, but Murray was the star of the show and he earned the first break with a dart across the net, but a poor game from Hingis allowed Watson and Kontinen instantly to hit back.

"I had a great week".

Depending on the stage of a player's career, though, mixed doubles can be more than just the chance to top up the bank balance. Like, I knew I could do well with her. Murray and Hingis have yet to discuss future plans but it seems likely they will defend their title next summer and they may even play together in the US Open later this summer.

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