21/01/2017 – Timi and Pavlyuchenkova again lost only six games in two sets.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN (GRAND SLAM EVENT, 16 503 692 USD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, 2ND ROUND|
|Timea Babos, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Hungarian, Russian)-Tatjana Maria, Pauline Parmentier (German, French) 6:4, 6:2|
The match lasted 66 minutes in Melbourne.
“I am very happy today, I played well! Simply, it is now the most important thing, I enjoyed the game! My tennis went well, so there is really a reason to rejoice. Obviously, the next match will be very difficult against the 2015 Australian Open champions. But we are ready for the challenge! Come on, let’s go!!!”– Timi said.
Timi and her partner began to 32-minute first set perfectly! The Hungarian-Russian dual jumped to a 3:0 lead, winning 12 rallies in a row. Then came the big turn-around, a great change…Timi and Pavlyuchenkova led 4:1 and as a receiver 30-0, but the opponent came back to 4:4. Maria and Parmentier broke to 40.
Then Timi and her partner swung again, took the control again. They saved their serve to 40, then broke the opponent to 15.
The second set was much smoother, without turn (s). After 2:1, Timi and Pavlyuchenkova broke the German-French opponent to 30, and hold their service from a break point. And after 4:2, Maria and Parmentier had no chance.
Timi and Pavlyuchenkova won the seventh and eight game to 30, finished the match easily.
The Hungarian-Russian duo’s next opponent, is the 2015 Australian Open champion, the second seed pair of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova.
The American player (born: 23 March 1985) is ranked 1st in doubles till 9 January 2017. Mattek-Sands has won 23 WTA and 3 ITF events in this genre. This year, she remained unbeaten in Brisbane (Australia, 1 million USD, hard court, Co: Sania Mirza).
Safarova (born: 4 Fenruary 1987) is ranked 8th in the world ranking in doubles, her career best position was 4 (14 September 2015). So far, she has won 12 WTA and 1 ITF tournaments in doubles. Three years ago she was Champion in Sydney with Timi.
Mattek-Sands and Safarova in 2015 won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, in 2016 they remained unbeaten at the US Open.