Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis have won the 2017 mixed doubles title at Wimbledon.
The top seeds, who did not concede a set in the tournament, defeated last year’s winners, Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson, 6-4 6-4 in 70 minutes on Centre Court.
It’s Murray second triumph at Wimbledon - after he collected the mixed doubles trophy with Jelena Jankovic a decade ago - and he is now a four-time major winner.
“The crowd was a bit split today,” said a delighted Murray after the match. “It’s a success for British tennis to have two players in the final and it was a great week for us. We played a lot of amazing tennis, especially in the final, and we knew we would have to play a good match if we were to have a chance to win.
“I have to say a huge thanks to Martina for playing with me because I would not be standing here if it wasn’t for her. When she texted me it was an easy decision to play as she is such an amazing player and she showed that all week.
“I’m really happy I contacted Jamie before Wimbledon started” added Hingis. “I’m really happy with how we played and performed.”
Both teams made a bright start to the contest and early breaks of serve were traded. Murray’s lightning-quick reactions at the net proved to be the difference between the teams, though, and the Scot and the Swiss pocketed the opener by six games to four.
The defending champions had endured a turbulent route through to the final but they remained competitive in the second set. Murray and Hingis continued to combine well and they made a key breakthrough in the seventh game.
Watson dropped serve for the third time in the match and the top seeds were closing in on victory. Leading 5-4, Murray had the chance to finish the contest but it was far from straightforward. He was forced to save three-break points, which he did with vigour, before sealing the deal and embracing his partner.
Report by Graham Semple