It was the World No.1 doubles team's 36th consecutive win and third straight Grand Slam victory after winning the Wimbledon and US Open last year. They also won the year-ending Women's Tour Association (WTA) finals last year.

The Sania-Martina juggernaut, that began in August last year, showed no signs of abetting at the Melbourne Park. They continued their supreme form and grabbed their eighth successive title, and 12th overall, in 109 minutes.

They began 2016 by winning in Brisbane and Sydney. The first set was evenly contested on Friday as both teams tried to seize the initiative. It took Sania and Martina 62 minutes to determine its fate, an indicator of severe nature of the battle.

Both teams won four break points in the first set and were even in almost every aspect. The Indo-Swiss pair hit 17 winners, one less than their opponents, and committed 17 unforced errors, one more than them. But won 50 of the total 96 points played in the first set.

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