17/01/2019 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic lost a total of three games.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2019 (GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, 60 500 000 AUD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2)-Raluca Olaru, Galina Voskoboeva (Romanian, Kazakh) 6:0, 6:3|
“We played a very stable and good match. Of course, We can learn from every match, there were still fewer mistakes today, but We also came out of them. I’m glad with the win! I feel like I’ve played well, though We haven’t been together for quite some time. Yet we played great tennis, I’m very happy with it –”Timi said.
The match lasted 66 minutes in Melbourne.
The defending champions and WTA Finals title holders started with a convincing victory in the first Grand Slam of the season.
In the 30-minute first act, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic performed well behind the serves and as a receivers. The Hungarian-French double won their opponent’s service games three times: twice to 30, then to 0 at 5:0. Meanwhile, an important moment, at 2:0, they saved a break point.
The second act was more closely developed. After 1:0 Timi and her broke to 15, but then Olaru and Voskoboeva also signed up for the scoreboard. The Romanian-Kazakh double won the opponent’s serve to 40.
Then in the sixth game, after 3: 2, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic took the opponent’s serve to 40, then brought the ninth game to 30. So the 2nd seeds easily got into the second round.
The next opponent of the Hungarian-French couple will be Darija Jurak and Xinyun Han.
The Croatian player (born: 5 April, 1984) is 48th in the World Rankings, has a career best position of 27th (6 February, 2017). Jurak has won five WTA Tour and 19 ITF tournaments so far.
The Chinese player (born: 30 May, 1990) is 68th in the World Rankings, this is her career best position. Han has so far won 3 WTA Tour and 19 ITF events in doubles.
Last year, Han and Jurak remained unbeaten in Washington (United States, 250 000 USD, hard court).