24/06/2018 – The Hungarian-French pair came back from a set down.
|NATURE VALLEY CLASSIC (871 028 USD, GRASS), DOUBLES, FINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 1)- Elise Mertens, Demi Schuurs (Belgian, Dutch) 4:6, 6:3, 10-8|
The final took 1 hour 21 minutes in Birmingham.
“Of course, I’m happy with the triumph, We won a difficult match! It was not easy, it was close. Maybe We did not play our best tennis, but We were better at the most important moments. I’m happy with the new title! It was a very important step before Wimbledon. I wait for the next few weeks” – said Timi.
Six years ago, the tennis world was just getting acquainted with Timi’s doubles knowledge and talent, but on 17 June, 2012, many of them had their heads up. The Hungarian player wins the Birmingham tournament on the side of Taiwan’s Su Wei Hsieh, winning the final 7:5, 6:7, 10-8 against Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond. In the decisive tie-break Timi and her partner triumphed from 4-8.
Before the 2018 final, the Australian Open-winner team had the better chance to win, but Mertens and Schuurs showed several times this year, they are among the best pairs in the world.
In the 33-miniute first set, after 2:1 the Belgian-Dutch team hold their own game to 40, and in the seventh game, Mladenovic was broken to 0. Unfortunately, Timi and her partner could not get back, although the Hungarian player brought her serve from 0-40, after 3:5. In the end, the opponent won their own serve to 0.
The 31-minute second set has made the hopeful change! In the second game Timi and her partner broke Mertens to 15, then led to 3:0. In the fifth game, Kristina Mladenovic lost her serve to 40, but after that they managed to broke the Belgian player again.
After 5:3, the Hungarian-French team did not lost a rally.
In the decisive tie-break, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic took the lead twice with a break (1-0, 3-1), but the opponent came back. Then in the middle of the tie-break, after 5-5, the first seeded pair was more focused and had more successful solutions. Timi and Kiki Mladenovic broke the opponent again after 6-5, then led 9-6. Mertens responded with two good serves, but Timi ended the final with a great serve.