Tennis: Hingis in first Wimbledon final since 1998, partners Mirza in women's doubles

LONDON (AFP) - Martina Hingis reached her first Wimbledon tennis final for 17 years on Friday, when she and partner Sania Mirza of India qualified for the women's doubles championship match.

Hingis and Mirza, the top seeds, defeated Racquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears of the United States 6-1, 6-2 in the semi-finals.

Hingis, 34, was Wimbledon singles champion in 1997 and took the doubles with Helena Sukova in 1996 and Jana Novotna two years later.

Russia's Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova were facing Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos in the second semi-final.