AO 2020: winning start in Doubles

AO 2020: winning start in Doubles

24/01/2020 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic came back from 3:5 in the opening set.

Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2)-Dalila Jakupović, Raluca Olaru (Slovenian, Romanian) 7:5, 6:3


The match lasted 1 hour and 33 minutes in Melbourne.


The Slovenian-Romanian pair surprised their opponent at the early part of the 45-minute first set. Timi, then Mladenovic, lost the own serve to 15, while Jakupović and Olaru was also broken. Then the unseeded team kept their lead until 5:3, when the turn came, which proved decisive.


Timi and Kiki brought their serve to 15, then broke to 30. They did not stop, hold their own game, then won the opponent’s serve to 15. Thus the opening act was completed.


At the start of the second set, Jakupović and Olaru equaled to 1:1 from three break point, then Timi and Kiki took the opponent’s serve to 15 after 2:1. Then came the key game, which made the final decision. The Slovenian-Romanian pair led 40-0 as a receiver, but the opponent reversed.


After 4: 1, both doubles won their serve, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic came back from 0-30 in the final game.


In Round 2 the Hungarian-French pair will meet Ashleigh Barty and Julia Goerges.


The Singles World No1 Australian player (born: 24 April, 1996) is 17th in the World Rankings in doubles, has a career best position of 5th (21 May 21, 2018). Barty has so far won 10 WTA Tour and 9 ITF races in this genre. She was a finalist with Casey Dellacqua in the 2013 season at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, and in 2017 at the Roland Garros. At the 2018 US Open, she remain unbeaten with CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States at the US Open. In the final the opponent was Timi and Kiki Mladenovic.


Goerges (born: 2 November, 1988) is 129th in the World Rankings and has a career best position of 12th (22 August, 2016). The German player has won 5 WTA Tour and 6 ITF tournaments in doubles.