02/10/2019 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic broke the opponent a total of six times.
|CHINA OPEN (8 285 274 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, ROUND 2|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 1)-Shuai Peng, Yafan Wang (Chinese) 6:2, 6:1|
The match lasted 58 minutes.
Timi and Kristina Mladenovic were “victorious” in the opening round as 2nd seeds, and in the second round a home opponent was on the other side of the net. At the very start of the 32-minute opening act, both pair lost their serve, but after 2:2, Peng and Wang didn’t had a chance.
Timi and Kiki Mladenovic broke to 40 in the fifth game and to 30 after 4:2. The last game of the set was won by the Hungarian-French double to 15.
The second set was even smoother. The 2nd seeds did not give the two Chinese players a chance as they served very well, and after 0:1 they broke three times (to 30, to 40 and then after 5:1 to 15).
In the quarter-final Timi and Kiki Mladenovic will meet Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara. On Wednesday the Japanese pair won the opening set from 1:5, saving a total of 8 set points against the Chan Sisters (Chinese Taipei). Then they brought the second set to 6:4.
Aoyama (born: 19 December, 1987) is 36th int he World Rankings, has a career best position of 31st (25 November, 2013). So far she has won 9 WTA Tour and 30 ITF events. Best of the year, she was a tournament winner with Alexandra Krunic (Serbia) in Rosmalen (Netherlands, 250 000 USD, grass). Six years ago, she played in the semifinal at Wimbledon.
Shibahara (born: 12 February, 1998) is 70th in the World Ranking, the best of her career. The Japanese player has won 1 WTA125s and 7 ITF events so far.