Chan and Hingis bag their ninth title of the year

Martina Hingis of Switzerland, left, and Chan Yung-Jan of Taiwan pose for photos with the winners' trophy after beating Timea Babos of Hungary and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic in the women's doubles championship in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

TAIPEI (CNA) – Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) and Martina Hingis of Switzerland have taken their ninth women’s doubles title of the year with a relatively comfortable victory in the finals of the China Open on Sunday.

The duo, seeded first this week in Beijing after moving up to the top two spots in the world’s women’s doubles rankings, topped fourth seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4 in just over an hour.

After whipping through the first set, Chan and Hingis secured the only break of the second set at 3-3 and held their final two service games with little drama to clinch the match.

The victory extended a remarkable run for Chan and Hingis, giving them their fourth consecutive title following wins at the Western & Southern Open in August and the U.S. Open and Wuhan Open in September.

Chan had played regularly on tour with her sister, Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴), but as they began sputtering late last year and early this year, including a first-round exit at the Australian Open, Chan was ready for a change.

When Hingis called, Chan jumped at the opportunity, and the two found that their games complemented each other, with the Taiwanese’s power and steadiness from the baseline supporting her experienced partner’s guile at the net.

Since their debut at the Qatar Total Open in February, they have won nine of the 15 events they have entered and reached at least the quarter-finals in the six other tournaments.

The pairing has also been lucrative for Chan, who was raked in more than US$1 million in prize money this year on the WTA Tour.

That figure could go much higher when the two play in the year-ending WTA Finals in Singapore in late October, where the duo will likely be the hot favorite.