19/01/2018 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won the first set after coming back from a break down.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN (55 000 000 AUD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 5)-Natela Dzamalidze, Xenia Knoll (Russian, Swiss) 7:5, 6:3|
The match lasted 1 hour and 23 minutes in Melbourne.
The 2014 Wimbledon finalist Hungarian-French double played last time in the 2015 WTA Finals. The Melbourne start was not preceded by a joint tournament, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic were also a clear favorite at the opening round of the Australian Open.
The 46-minute first set began with a surprise, the Russian-Swiss pair broke the opponent to 30, then hold their own service game to 15. Timi and her French partner then improved, after 2:’ they broke the opponent to 30. Then the match was very equal, till 6:5, with no more break points.
Then, in the twelfth game, Timi and Mladenovic got to a set point after 30-30, and they used it.
The second act was more relaxed. The Hungarian and French player were well-organized, after 1:0 they broke to 40, they lived with the third chance after 15-40. Dzalamidze and Knoll fought hard and in the seventh game they surprised the opponent. The Russian-Swiss őair had two break points and won the second. After that, they led 30-0 behind the serves, but the fifth seeded pair broke them again.
In the last game, Timi and Mladenovic won the second match point after 40-15, so they reached the second round.
The Hungarian-French pair will meet Lara Arruabarrena and Arantxa Parra-Santonja in the next match. The Spanish pair won 6:0, 4:6, 6:0 against Elena Ostapenko and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Arruabarrena, (born: 20 March, 1992), is 66th in the world rankings, with a career best position of 28th (22 February, 2016). Up to now, she has won 7 WTA and 8 ITFs in doubles.
Parra-Santonja, (born: 9 November, 1982), is 93rd in the world rankings, with a career best position of 22nd (2 April, 2012). Up to now, she has won 11 WTA and 9 ITF tournaments in women’s doubles.