Jamie Murray ensured the family name will be on a Wimbledon trophy for the third time in five years as he and former world No1 Martina Hingis beat the defending champions Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen of Finland 6-4, 6-4 to win the mixed doubles title. After the painful end to Andy Murray’s title defence, it was left to Jamie to produce the goods and he and Hingis, the No1 seeds, duly clinched victory in 71 minutes.
With Murray and Watson on opposite sides of the net, it was a win-win situation for British fans on Centre Court, the vast majority of whom had stuck around after seeing Roger Federer clinch a record eighth singles title earlier in the day. And they were rewarded with a match full of power, angles, deft volleys and outstanding movement around the net, especially from Murray, whose net skills left the crowd gasping at times.
Hingis was the runner-up to Kontinen and Watson last year alongside Leander Paes but when she dumped the Indian in favour of Murray, the Scot knew he had a great chance to add to his grand slam tally. Ten years after partnering Jelena Jankovic to victory here, this was his fourth grand slam crown while Hingis took her total to 23, five singles, 12 women’s doubles and six mixed, five of which have come since the beginning of 2015.
The big-hitting Kontinen, the men’s doubles world No1, had his moments and Watson held her own but last year’s champions were always up against it with Hingis’s dipping returns perfectly complementing Murray’s sharp net play. After trading early breaks, Watson was broken for the second time at 3-3 and they closed out the opening set.
Kontinen and Watson had two chances to break the Murray serve at 3-2 up in the second set but could not take them. A slightly mis-hit return from Hingis set up two break points for the top seeds on the Watson serve at 3-3 and they took the second to get the vital break as Watson netted a forehand. After Watson and Kontinen had held, Murray and Hingis saved three break points on the Scot’s serve as they closed out victory.