22/01/2018 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic came back from a doubles break, 1:4 in the first set.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN (55 000 000 AUD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, ROUND 3|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 5)-Viktorija Golubic, Nyina Stojanovic (Swiss, Serbian) 7:5, 6:2|
The match lasted 1 hour and 30 minutes in Melbourne.
“I’m really happy to win! The past few matches were not easy, today’s match was not easy. In the first set, the opponent led 4:1 with two breaks, they very well. But I think We’re playing better match- by-match, that’s the most important thing. That’s why I’m very, very happy. Kiki is playing better and better. It helps her game and confidence. Today We are also very well-executed and We have been fighting all the way. I think it should not be good at the beginning. My goal with the pair and Kiki is to improve match-by-match, tournament-by-tournament. This is the case at the Australian Open. I’m happy! It is also very important that as far as I was successful last year, I feel that I enjoy the doubles again. With Kristina, I can understand Myself better on the court. I’m so glad, I can be happy. Obviously Tuesday is an interesting and difficult match waiting for us. But I also look forward to it! And even in mixed doubles I will be on the court. I’m glad that I can play two matches on Tuesday. This is in any case positive. Keep going forward” – said Timi.
The 49-minute first set had two completely different stages. At the beginning Golubic and Stojanovic were surprised their opponent, led 4:1 with two breaks. It seemed that the Swiss-Serbian double had a smooth set-up, but that did not happen.
Timi and Mladenovic climbed from very deep, with success. The 5th seeded pair broke the opponent to 30, then to 15 (4:4). Unfortunately, Golubic and Stojanovic won the next receiver’s game, but then they could not outsource the opening act.
As a receiver, Timi and Mladenovic had two break points, then they saved a set point. Finally, they won the opponent’s serve. After 5:5, they managed the hold their serve, then in the twelfth game the Hungarian-French pair lost only two rallies and finished the first act.
The second set was more smoothly formed. Timi and Mladenovic won their opponent’s serve to 30 after 2:1, but immediately lost their own game. In the sixth game, the Hungarian-French double broke to 15, and then retained its advantage with the following service game.
In the end, Golubic and Stojanovic had even equaled from 0-40 and had a game ball. But finally, Timi and Mladenovic took advantage of the fourth chance, closing the match.
The Hungarian player reached the QF in WD at the Australian Open for the first time.
In the next round Timi and Mladenovic will meet the first seeded pair of Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková and Latisha Chan (Czech, Taiwanese).
The Czech player (born: 10 August, 1986) is 5th in the world rankings, with a career best position of 3rd (22 October, 2012). Up to now, she has won 25 WTA and 19 ITFs in this genre. Sestini Hlaváčková had 6 Grand Slam finals: she remained unbeaten at the Roland Garros in 2011, and in the US Open in 2013 with Lucie Hradecká (Czech). Further GS finals: 2012 – Wimbledon (Co: Hradecká), US Open (Co: Hradecká), 2016 – US Open (Co: Hradecká), 2017 – Australian Open (Co: Shuai Peng). Sestini Hlaváčková and Hradecká were also in the final of the 2012 Olympics and WTA Finals. Last year, the Czech player won the WTA Finals in Singapore on the side of Timi, they remained unbeaten in four other events.
The Taiwanese player (born: 17 August, 1989), is 1st in the world rankings. So far she has won 28 WTA, 2 WTA125s and 18 ITFs in WD: she was finalist in 2007 at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, and again in 2015 at the Australian Open. Last year she won the US Open with the legendary Martina Hingis. In 2017 they also remained unbeaten in Indian Wells (United States, 7 669 423 USD, hard court), in Madrid (Spain, 3 439 350 USD, clay), in Rome (Italy, 3 076 495 USD, clay) in Mallorca (Spain, 250 000 USD, grass), at Eastbourne (England, 891 000 USD, grass), Cincinnati (United States, 2 836 904 USD, hard court), Wuhan (China, 2 666 000 USD, hard court) and Beijing (China, 7 027 063 USD, hard court).