02/10/2018 – The opponent led with a double break, then served for the set at 6:5 in opening round.
|CHINA OPEN (8 285 274 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, ROUND2|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 1)-Alizé Cornet, Petra Martič (French, Croatian) 7:6 (7-3), 6:2|
The match lasted 1 hour 21 minutes in Beijing.
The opening period of the 50-minute first set was badly developed for the Hungarian-French double. Cornet and Martič managed to led 4:1, they broke the opponent to 0, then to 15. In the meantime, the French-Croatian pair saved a total of three break points.
Fortunately, the turn came afterwards! Timi and Kiki Mladenovic improved a lot, winning the service game of Cornet and Martič twice (5:5). Then the Hungarian-French double lost their own game again, this time to 30. So the opponent an served for the set. The 1st seeds led 40-15 as a receiver’s, but the opponent came back for 40-40, they got a set point. But Timi and Kiki Mladenovic won the game.
In the tie-break, the Hungarian-French pair broke the rival twice, winning all own serves.
The second act was already smooth.
The Hungarian-French pair broke after 1:1 and 4:2, but times to 40. And they did not lost a rally behind the serves until 5:2. Then in the last game, after 40-0, Cornet and Martič scored a point, but the next rally finished the match.
Timi and Kiki Mladenovic will meet the 7th seeded Lucie Hradecká and Ekaterina Makarova in the quarter-final.
The Czech player (born: 21 May 1985), is 38th in the World Ranking, with a career best position of 4th (22 October 2012). During her career she has won 22 WTA and 34 ITF tournaments in this genre. Hradecká has been finalists in 6 Grand Slam events in WD: won 2 times (2011: Roland Garros, Co:star: Andrea Hlaváčková, 2013: US Open, Co: Andrea Hlaváčková).
The Russian player (born: 7 June 7, 1988) is 4th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 1st (11 June, 2018). So far she has won 14 WTA and 9 ITF competitions in WD. Makarova had 7 finals at Grand Slam tournaments: she has won 3 times (2013: Roland Garros, Co: Elena Vesnina, 2014: US Open, Co: Elena Vesnina, 2017: Wimbledon, Co: Elena Vesnina).
This year in Cincinnati, Hradecká and Makarova won 4:6, 7: , 10-6 against Timi and Kiki Mladenovic in the QF, then celebrated a tournament triumph. Then in the US Open quarter-final, Timi and Kiki Mladenovic won 7:6 (7-5), 6:2.