Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei and Martina Hingis of Switzerland claimed their first doubles title as a team by defeating Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova 7-6(4), 6-2 at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday.
The sixth-seeded team converted all seven of their break point opportunities in the 90-minute contest and saved three from eight break points against their Czech opponents.
Chan and Hingis were contesting their third tournament as a team; Hradecka and Siniakova, their fourth.
"We’re a new team, you’re a new team this season," said Hingis during the trophy ceremony. "Hopefully we have more matches against each other."
"For the first two tournaments [in Doha and Dubai], we were trying," said Chan. "We knew each other opponents. We didn't know how to work. We spent a lot of time on court, off court, trying to get know each other and trying to build up the trust between each other."
"I think those two tournaments, even though we didn't win the title or didn't get into the final, [they] still helped us a lot. With those two weeks, that's why we won the title here. I think that's actually key. As a partner, you can't expect, once you start playing together, that you will [immediately] win the titles all the time. You still need time. Those two tournaments helped us a lot."
Hingis, a former World No. 1, lifted her first doubles trophy in Indian Wells 19 years ago with partner Anna Kournikova (d. Fernandez/Novotna). She also teamed with Sania Mirza to defeat Russians Makarova and Vesnina two years ago.
Chan contested the doubles final at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden ten years ago with partner Chia-Jung Chuang (l. to Raymond/Stosur).