|DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (2 000 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos, Julia Goerges (Hungarian, German, 4)-Barbora Strycova, Roberta Vinci (Czech, Italian) 6:3, 3:6, 11-9|
The constant rain delayed the start of the encounter with several hours. Before the interval Goerges and Strycova faced in singles, the match was won by the Czech player.
In teh 26-minute first set Strycova and Vinci two times led with a break, til 3:2. After that, the 4th seed Hungarian-German pair played better, they broke the opponent twice. Firts time to 15, then to 40.
In the ninth game Timi and Goerges hold their service game to 30.
In teh second set the Hungarian and German player started with another break, but after that they lost four games in a row. The opponent broke them twice, and saved their service games to 40.
After 4:1 Strycova and Vinci hold the break advantage.
In the deciding tie-break Timi and Goerges three times came back from a break. Last time they saved a match point as a receiver at 9-8. Then they broke the opponent twice and later finished the match behind a good serve.
In the quarter-final Timi and Goerges will meet Gabriela Dabrowski and María José Martínez Sánchez.
The 23-year old Dabrowski is currently ranked 48th in the world rankings, had a career best of 40 (20 May 2015). So far, she has won 2 WTA and 11 ITF doubles competition. Last year she was a champion in Monterrey (Mexico, 500 000 USD, hard court), while in Stanford (United States, 731 000 USD hard court) she played in the semifinal. Both times her partner was Alicja Rosolska.
In 2010 Timi and Dabrowski was a junior finalist at the Australian Open.
The 33-year old Martínez Sánchez is ranked 104th, her career best was 4 (5 July 2010). So far, she has won 16 WTA and 23 ITF event in doubles. She was a semifinalist at the Roland Garros at 2010 and 2012, while at the US Open in 2012. In 2009 she triumphed at the WTA Finals with Nuria Llagostera Vives.