World No. 1 women’s doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis clinched the Rome Masters title by beating Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6(5)-7, 10-3 in the final.
Hingis and Mirza, who beat Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu on Saturday to move into their third consecutive clay court final, roared through the opening set and carving out a 5-3 lead in the second.
But the Russian pair was not in for a quick surrender and quickly levelled the set and later the match in a tie-break.
However, Mirza and Hingis shook off the threat to hit back at their opponents to capture their 14th title as a pair, and their fifth of the season.
The win in Italy – their first title since February and their first ever on red clay – will be a major confidence booster for the top pair before the all-important French Open starting from next week.