07/10/2017 – This is the fifth victory in the SF for the Hungarian-Czech pair.
|CHINA OPEN (7 027 063 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Andrea Hlaváčková (Hungarian, Czech, 4)-Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina (Russian, 2) 7:5, 6:7 (4-7), 10-8|
The match lasted 1 hour 59 minutes in Beijing.
“I think it was one of our best matches, if not the best match in the season! I’m really happy about that! I think I’ve never won against Makarova & Vesnina. I’m happy! I feel I’ve played quite well. On Friday I had spent a lot of time and put a lot of energy on the training to feel the court and the ball even better. And it paid in the SF. This is also a great pleasure. Obviously, our opponent was very, very good, with a lot of amazing results. This is a big win of My career! This also shows that whatever may happen in Singapore. I’m glad I can play well in week by week. This is the most important! I’m waiting for Sunday’s finals and then for the singles tournament in Hong Kong” – said Timi.
This SF was very difficult and not only because of the seedings list. Last year Makarova and Vesnina won the Rio Olympics and the WTA Finals in Singapore. And they triumphed in 2013 at the Roland Garros, in 2014 at the US Open, and in 2017 at Wimbledon.
The Hungarian-Czech double played with great determination and faith, and that brought the good result.
In the 45-minute opening act Timi and Hlaváčková won the opponent’s serve to 30 after, and after 4:1 they had another two break chances. Makarova and Vesnina saved that game and then broke back to 4:3.
In the eight game, the Hungarian-Czech pair lost only one rally, but after 5:3, they lost their service game to 30. Fortunately this did not affect Timi and her partner. After 6:5, they broke the Russians to 0 (!!!), finishing the opening act.
The 59-minute second set was even more intense. Both pairs served well, so they went along till 3:3. Then, the Russian pair broke the opponent to 30, then saved their service game from 15-40. And after 5:4, came a shocking period. Vesnina led 40-0 behind the serves, so she had four set points. But Timi and Hlaváčková came back with winners and leveled to 5:5.
Soon, came the first tie-break of the SF. The more accurate Makarova and Vesnina won two receiver’s point (at 2-2, and at 5-2) and led 6-2. The Russiand finished the set after 6-4, behind Vesnina’s serve.
The decisive tie-break ended with Hungarian-Czech success. Timi and Hlaváčková played extremely accurate and definite, and they served flawlessly for a long time. The 4th seed pair broke the opponent after 2-2 and 7-4. Makarova and Vesnina broke back once at 8-5, then won two service points after 9-6. But the Hungarian-Czech pair won the third chance behind Timi’s serve, so they could celebrate another great success!
Timi and Andrea Hlaváčková reached the final of a Premier Mandatory category tournament at the WTA Tour. In May, the Madrid tournament was finally won by Yung-Jan Chan and Martina Hingis. In 2017 the Hungarian-Czech pair remained unbeaten in Rabat, Quebec City and Tashkent (all WTA International tournaments).
Timi and Andrea Hlaváčková will meet Yung-Jan Chan and Martina Hingis on Sunday.
The Taiwanese player (born: 17 August, 1989) is 2nd in the world rankings, this is her Career High position. So far, Chan has won 26 WTA and 18 ITF events: she was finalist in 2007 at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, and again in 2015 at the Australian Open. Recently she won the US Opent with her current partner. This year, Chan and Hingis triumphed in Indian Wells (United States, 7 669 423 USD, hard court), in Madrid (Spain, 3 439 350 USD, clay), in Rome (Italy, 3 076 495 USD, clay), in Mallorca (Spain, 250 000 USD, grass) at Eastbourne (England, 891 000 USD, grass), in Cincinnati (United States, 2 836 904 USD, hard court), and Wuhan (China, 2 666 000 USD, hard court).
The Swiss player, (born: 30 September, 1980), was the World No1 in singles and doubles, now she is back in the 1st place on the WTA list. During her career, Hingis has won 63 WTA and 1 ITF tournament in doubles. She was the Champion at the Australian Open in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2016, at the Roland Garros in 1998 and 2000, at Wimbledon in 1996, 1998 and 2015, and at the US Open in 1998, in 2015 and 2017.
In this year’s Madrid final, Hingis and Chan won 6:4, 6:3 against the Hungarian-Czech pair.