Australia Open: Martina Hingis wins mixed doubles

Martin Hingis and Leander Paes
Martina Hingis has won 43 WTA singles titles

Former world number one Martina Hingis has won her first Grand Slam title since coming out of retirement.

The 34-year-old combined with Leander Paes of India to win the Australian Open mixed doubles, beating Kristina Mladenovic of France and Daniel Nestor of Canada 6-4, 6-3.

"Who would have thought it?" Switzerland's Hingis said. "It's more than I could ever dream of."

Hingis won the Australian Open singles title three years running from 1997.

The five-time Grand Slam winner retired in 2003 at the age of 22 after a series of ankle injuries, but returned to the WTA Tour in 2006.

She quit the game for a second time in November 2007, revealing she had tested positive for cocaine at that year's Wimbledon.

Hingis, who has won 43 WTA singles titles, said she had never taken drugs but did not appeal against the two-year ban she was given.

She then made another return in July 2013.

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