AO 2020: confident victory in the QF

AO 2020: confident victory in the QF

28/01/2020 – Timi and Kiki broke the opponent a total of three times.

Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2)-Cori Gauff, Caty McNally (USA) 6:2, 6:4


The match lasted 1 hour and 21 minutes in Melbourne.


The 2nd seeded had a solid and excellent start in the 26-minute first set. And it was the foundation for success! Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won the first 10 rally, when the opponent signed up for the scoreboard. The American teenagers saved two break points int he second service game, but did not have a chance afterwards.


The Hungarian-French pair surely kept their lead to 4:2 (lost one ball in two own games), then again broke the opponent, this time to 30. The final game of the opening act was won to 15 by the Australian Open 2018 champions.


The second set did not make any significant difference in the match. Timi and Kiki were both more determined and accurate in serving and receiving. After 1:1 the Hungarian-French couple took their opponent’s serve to 0, and then came two very tight service games. Timi and Kristina Mladenovic both won to 40 and int he send game they saved two break points.


In the ninth game, after 5:3, the opponent saved their own game from a match point, then Timi served for the semifinal. The Hungarian-French double led to 40-0, and finally managed to finish the game to 30.


The Hungarian-French pair reached the last 4 for the third time in a row, as the were finalists last year.


Timi and Kristina Mladenovic will meet the 7th seeded Hao-Ching Chan and Latisha Chan.


Hao-Ching Chan (born: 19 September, 1993) is 15th in the World Rankings, has a career best position of 5th (27 June, 2016). The Taiwanese player has won 18 WTA Tour, 2 WTA125s and 6 ITF events so far. She was a finalist in Wimbledon with Monica Niculescu (Romania) in the 2017 season, her best result in a women’s doubles Grand Slam.


Latisha Chan (born: 30 August, 1989) is 15th in the World Rankings and has a career best position of (23 October, 2017). So far she has won 33 WTA Tour, 2 WTA125s and 16 ITF events. She was undefeated at the US Open in 2017 with Martina Hingis (Switzerland) was a finalist at the Australian Open in 2007 and 2015 in the women’s doubles.