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Mattek-Sands dethrones Sania Mirza as world number one in doubles

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Sania Mirza, partnering with Hingis of Switzerland, chases down a return to Errani and Pennetta, both of Italy, during their women's doubles semifinals match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York © REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Files Sania Mirza, partnering with Hingis of Switzerland, chases down a return to Errani and Pennetta, both of Italy, during their women's doubles semifinals match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands will rise to number one in the world when the WTA doubles rankings are released on Monday.

Mattek-Sands sealed top spot after winning her 23rd WTA doubles title in Brisbane on Saturday with partner Sania Mirza.

Tennis - Mixed Doubles Victory Ceremony © REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files Tennis - Mixed Doubles Victory Ceremony

She ended her Indian partner's 91-week reign as world number one.

"Being number one is something that you dream of from the time you pick up a racket," Mattek-Sands, whose daring outfits and knee-high socks mark her out from the crowd, told the WTA.

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"You're not given number one -- you have to earn it and I feel really proud of myself for getting there."

Sania Mirza hits a return to Japan Warriors' Lucic-Baroni of Croatia and Herbert of France during their mixed doubles match in the IPTL in New Delhi © REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files Sania Mirza hits a return to Japan Warriors' Lucic-Baroni of Croatia and Herbert of France during their mixed doubles match in the IPTL in New Delhi

Mirza added: "I feel like I'm handing over the Miss World No 1 crown. Congratulations to her for becoming No 1. She has had an amazing year.",

Mattek-Sands has won three grand slam doubles titles all with Czech Lucie Safarova -- the most recent coming at last year's U.S. Open.

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