26/01/2018 – Timi and Bopanna have won easily the decisive tie-break.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN (55 000 000 AUD, HARD COURT), MIXED DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Rohan Bopanna (Hungarian, Indian, 5)-María José Martínez Sánchez, Marcelo Demoliner (Spanish, Brazilian) 7:5, 5:7, 10-6|
The match lasted 1 hour and 27 minutes in Melbourne.
After winning the thrilling Women’s Doubles final with Kristina Mladenovic, Timi played for her second Australian Open final at the side of Rohan Bopanna. In the 35-minute opening act, the Hungarian-Indian pair broke the opponent to 30 after 2:1, but they lost that lead in the seventh game, also to 30.
The Spanish-Brazilian paired hold the rhythm till 5:6, when the opponent reached three set points as a receiver. The first two was saved, but Timi and Bopanna finally finished the first act.
The 41-minute second set was also equal. Both pair had break chances, but everybody held up to 5:5. At this time, the Spanish-Brazilian team broke the opponent to 15, and hold their game to 40. So, the second set was finished.
In the decisive tie-break, Timi and Bopanna were impressed. The fifth seed pair broke the opponent three times and led 8-2. And they closed the SF after 9-6, easily.
The Hungarian-Indian pair’s opponent in Sunday’s final will be Gabriela Dabrowski (Canadian, WTA-doubles: 15) and Mate Pavić (Croatian, ATP-doubles: 16). The match will start at 6 H CET.