23/01/2019 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic lost a total of six games against Jennifer Brady and Alison Riske.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2019 (GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, 60 500 000 AUD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2)-Jennifer Brady, Alison Riske (USA) 6:4, 6:2|
The match lasted 1 hour and 21 minutes in Melbourne.
“I am very, very happy, I think we have played a high quality match! They played tennis in a similar style as we did. Today we were better! I am pleased with this, because the pressure was high throughout the semifinal, and We were in a difficult situation several times. But We could always come back well. We look forward to Friday, another Grand Slam final! Of course I am preparing for the final and the subsequent tournaments”– Timi said.
Almost unbelievable, but a year ago the Hungarian-French pair won 6:4, 6:2 in the best four in Melbourne! In 2018 the opponent was Su Wei Hsieh (Chinese Taipei) and Shuai Peng (China). This year, a surprise US-pair stood on the other side of the net, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic reach the final in an exciting, tight and revolutionary match.
In the first 46-minute set, the Hungarian-French double saved their own game after 0: 1, from 15-40, saving a total of three broke balls. Then came the reverse scenario: 15-40, a total of three chances to win the opponent’s service game. But, Timi and Kiki Mladenovic used the last chance!
Soon came another tight game, Brady and Riske once again played well as a receiver: Timi and her partner came back from 0-40, then saved another break point. After that, they won the game (4:2). Brady and Riske then saved a break point, but they didn’t have a chance to translate. The defending champions won the next two own games to 15, so they closed the opening act (6:4).
The second set was beautiful. Timi and Kristina Mladenovic pulled to a 3:0, broke the opponent to 30, then to 40. Brady and Riske then won the Hungarian player’s serve from 30-15, but the answer came immediately. The Hungarian-French pair broke to 15, then hold tehir serve from 15-40.
The Americans didn’t give up, and they hold their serve from two match point, but after 5:2 they could not come back. Timi and her partner led 40-15, and won the fourth match point.
The defending champions will meet Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai on Friday.
Stosur (born: 30 March, 1984) is 69th in the World Rankings, has a career best position of 1st (6 February, 2006). So far, she has won 25 WTA and 11 ITF tournaments in WD. She has played six Grand Slam finals, triumphing twice: at Wimbledon (2006, Co: Lisa Raymond) and the US Open (2005, Co: Raymond).
The Chinese player (born: 21 January, 1989) is 33rd in the World Rankings, has a career best position of 29th (1 April, 2013). Zhang has won 7 WTA Tour, 1 WTA125 and 8 ITF tournaments so far.
Last year in the US Open semifinal Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won 6:4, 7:6 (7-4) against Stosur and Zhang.