AO 2018: Timi and Kiki are the Champions

AO 2018: Timi and Kiki are the Champions

26/01/2018 – The Hungarian-French pair came back from a break down in the opening act.

 

AUSTRALIAN OPEN (55 000 000 AUD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, FINAL
Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 5)-Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Veszónina (Russian, 2) 6:4, 6:3

 

The final lasted 1 hour 22 minutes in Melbourne.

 

“The final was amazing, I played incredibly well, I was not nervous for a moment, and We were able to win against one of the best pair in the world. It’s fantastic, that I’m finally became a Grand Slam champion. We won this finale, and did not give it to us. I can say that I belong to the best doubles players. I won the WTA Finals and  My first Grand Slam tournament, now I want to win another trophy. I can say that the semifinal and the final were the easiest. I do not remember the last time I put the balls back so well, We were guided all along. It’s an important moment in My career, I remember, I cried sometimes after the lost Grand Slam semifinal or final. Now, I’m crying because of a joy” – Timi said after the final.

 

The Hungarian-French pair was finalist in Wimbledon in 2014, they suffered a 6:1, 6:3 defeat against Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. Timi and Kristina Mladenovic could not continue their cooperation after the 2015 season, but the “return” now is perfectly successful!

 

Timi first played at the final at the Australian Open, and the start was not really good. In the 37-minute first act, she lost her service game from 40-0 after 2:2. But the answer was not delayed!

 

Timi and Kristina Mladenovic broke the opponent to 30 in the eight game, then hold their serve to 15. The Russian double was very uncertain, and that was what appeared to be in the next game. The Hungarian-French pair reached another break point and they used it!

 

At the beginning of the second act, Makarova and Vesnina began with an early break, but they lost that lead. The fifth seed pair won three games in a row, broke twice. Unfortunately, Mladenovic could not hold her serve, so new thrills came.

 

Fortunately, Timi and her French partner won the seventh game to 40, then led 40-0 after great shots as a receiver. The Russian opponent saved two break points, but could not know what to do with the third.

 

Kristina Mladenovic served for the trophy! The game did not start easily, Makarova and Vesnina did everything for the comeback and led 40-15. But they could not lived with the chances, Mladenovic equalized with an ace. The Hungarian-French pair won the next two rallies, and they screamed with a joy after Makarova’s unforced error. The final was finished!

 

Timi wrote the history and won her first Grand Slam title among the adults. She is the first Hungarian Champion of the Australian Open.