Paris: Leander Paes and his partner Martina Hingis defeated Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig in the French Open in three tough sets on Friday. Leander and Martina each completed a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles winning against Sania and her partner Ivan 4-6, 6-4, and 10-8.
Paes captured the first of his 18 grand slam titles on Court Philippe Chatrier in 1999 when he teamed up with fellow Indian Mahesh Bhupathi to win the men's doubles title.
Over the course of the next 17 years, Paes criss-crossed the world several times over as he won men's doubles titles at all four majors and the mixed at the Australian, U.S. Opens and Wimbledon.
"Today I complete the grand slam with Martina, a player who inspires me," Paes said courtside after the pair added the Roland Garros crown to the Wimbledon and U.S. Open trophies they already hold.
Hingis began her march towards her own set of eight as far back as 1996 when, as a 15-year-old, she won Wimbledon with Czech Helena Sukova.
"I am glad you were able to complete the (career) grand slam, the one that was missing from your collection with me today," she told the Indian.