01/25/2020 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic came back from 0:4 in the opening set.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2020 (GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, 71 000 000 USD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, ROUND 2|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2)-Ashleigh Barty, Julia Goerges (Australian, German) 7:5, 6:4|
The match lasted 1 hour and 31 minutes in Melbourne.
The start of the 48-minute first set was frightening, but sensationally continued. The singles World No1 Barty and Goerges won their first serve from 30-40, then broke twice to 15. The Australian-German double led in the fifth game 40-15 with two balls to go 5-0.
But Timi and Kiki Mladenovic have once again shown why they have been among the best in the world for years! The 2018 Australian Open champions and last year’s finalists first went to “just” a break ball and then defeated another game point. And they could take advantage of the second break chance. Then came a smooth serving game, then another break, this time for 30. The second seeds hold their serve from 15-30 (4:4).
Barty and Görges won the ninth game with confidence, after which the opponent dominated the set. Timi and Kiki smoothly equaled to 5:5 and then broke to 0! And there was no stopping! After that the Hungarian-French double led 40-15, and finished the opening act to 30.
At the start of the second set, after 1:1, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic broke to 30, but they failed to win the sixth game, Barty and Goerges took their serve to 40. And then the Australian-German pair brought their own game from two break points.
Then the Hungarian-French couple took control again and finally! Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won their serve to 40 and then broke the opponent’s from 40-15. And the last game was brought to 0 by the second seeds!
In Round 3 Timi and Kiki will meet Viktória Kužmová and Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
The Slovak player (born: 11 May, 1998) is 30th in the World Rankings in doubles, has a career best position of 29th (14 October, 2019). Kužmova has so far won 2 WTA Tour and 6 ITF tournaments in this genre.
The Belarusian player (born: 22 March, 1994) is 46th in doubles and has a best position of 44th (6 January, 2020). Sasnovich has so far won 7 ITF tournaments in this genre.