21/01/2019 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic reach the quarter-final.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2019 (GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, 60 500 000 AUD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, ROUND 3|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2)-Kirsten Flipkens, Johanna Larsson (Belgian, Swedish, 13) 6:1, 6:4|
The match lasted 1 hour 10 minutes in Melbourne.
“I am happy about today’s match, we have found a solution for everything! Fortunately, this was true for past matches, also. We communicate very well with Kiki, I think our game is constantly improving. We can always solve difficult situations. I am delighted with this, I feel we have entered a new level since last year’s US Open! Our performance is improving, we can talk well about what we are strong and what we need to improve. Based on these, we keep moving forward. I’m happy: it was a nice win, a good game!” – Timi said.
Flipkens and Larsson won the opening game of the 33-minute first set with a break to 0, but that was the only period, when they had a joy. Timi and Kristina Mladenovic immediately turned to a very convincing performance!
The defending champion broke twice to 15, in the second and fourth game. At 2:1, they came back from 40-15, saving then a total of five service points. After 4:1, Timi and Kiki Mladenovic broke up to 40, using the third chance. In the next game, the Hungarian-French double lost only one ball behind the serves.
Flipkens and Larsson improved greatly in the second set, always leading till 4:3. The Belgian-Swedish team came back from a break point int he fifth game. Timi and Kristina Mladenovic then dominated int he final part of the match. After 4: 4, the Hungarian-French couple broke to 0, then brought their own serve to 0, also.
Timi and Kristina Mladenovic will meet in th QF the 9th seeded Raquel Atawo and Katarina Srebotnik.
The American player (born: 8 December, 1982) is 28th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 10th (2 March, 2015). Atawo has won 18-18 WTA Tour and ITF tournaments in WD. Five years ago, she was semifinalist at the Australian Open, this is her best result in Melbourne.
The Slovenian player (born: 2 March, 1981) is 23rd in the World Rankings, being No1 (4 July, 2011). So far, Srebotnik has won 39 WTA Tour and 19 ITF competitions in this genre. During her career she was finalist 5 times in Grand Slam event in WD: she remained unbeaten in 2011 in Wimbledon with Květa Peschke.