21/01/2018 – The Hungarian-Indian pair the local team a total of three times.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN (55 000 000 AUD, HARD COURT), MIXED DOUBLES, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos, Rohan Bopanna (Hungarian, Indian, 5)-Ellen Perez, Andrew Whittington (Australian) 6:2, 6:4|
The match lasted 55 minutes in Melbourne.
The Hungarian-Indian double dominated the match against the wild-cardist local pair. Perez and Whittington fought as they could, but they did not really have the chance to succeed.
In the 26-minute first set, Timi and Bopanna broke the opponent in the opening game to 40, then after 3:1 to 15. In the eighth game, the fifth seeded pair lost only a single rally.
In the second act, Timi and her Indian compatriots won their opponent’s serve again after 1:1, and they hold that lead till the end. They came back from 15-40 in the eight game, behind the serves. After 5:4, they hold the last service game to 15.
The next opponent of Timi and Bopanna will be Vania King and Franko Škugor.
The American player (born: 3 February, 1989) is 121st in the world rankings, and her career best was 3rd (6 June, 2011). King has so far won 15 WTA and 4 ITF tournaments in women’s doubles, in 2010 she remained unbeaten on the side of Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova in Wimbledon and the US Open. In the 2009 season she was finalist in mixed doubles with Brazilian Marcelo Melo at the Roland Garros.
The Croatian player (born: 20 September, 1987) is 41st in the doubles world rankings, this is his career best position. Škugor has not yet won an ATP tournament in men’s doubles.