AO 2018: close match and victory in WD

AO 2018: close match and victory in WD

20/01/2018 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic came back from a set down.


Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 5)-Lara Arruabarrena, Arantxa Parra-Santonja (Spanish) 3:6, 6:3, 6:4


The match lasted 1 hour 58 minutes in Melbourne.


The second performance of the Hungarian-French couple in Melbourne was much more thrilling and closer than hoped for. In the 38-minute first set, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic did not served well. Although Arruabarrena and Parra-Santonja once lost their service game, but broke the Hungarian player three times. In the end, after 5:3, the Spaniards used the second set point as a receiver…


The 40-minute second set had a different scenario, but for a long time the 5th seed pair was uncertain. Timi and Mladenovic broke the opponent after 1:1, and 2:2, but immediately lost the next service game. The Hungarian-French double in their two own games won a total of 1 rally.


Fortunately, after 3:3 came a new turn. Timi and Mladenovic again broke the opponent, but this time they hold that lead. The Hungarian-French pair saved their serve from 15-30. In the ninth game, the Spanish pair had saved a set point at 30-40, then had two game points. But Timi and Kristina Mladenovic turned in, took advantage of their second set point, so the decisive set came.


The third set brought another twist. The Hungarian-French couple paid close attention to their own serves and then had a break chance in the sixth game. This was overtaken by Arruabarrena and Parra-Santonja, and soon came the decisive stage. In the ninth game, Timi and her French partner saved their serve from 15-40, and then they led again.


The last game brought an incredibly big fight. The fifth seeded pair had a match point at 30-40, and then the next chance came shortly. The Spanish double rescued both match points, but could not finished the game. Then, came the second match point and Timi and Kristina Mladenovic closed the thriller.


The Hungarian-French pair’s next opponent will be Viktorija Golubic and Nina Stojanovic.


The Swiss player, (born: 16 October, 1992), is 63rd in the world rankings, which is the best ever in her career. Golubic has won 14 ITF tournaments in this genre.

The Serbian player (born: 30 July, 1996) is 56th in the world ranking, with a career best position of 55th (13 November 2017). Stojanovic has won 19 ITF events.