18/05/2018 – The Latvian-Romanian pair broke the opponent four times.
|INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA (2 703 000 USD, CLAY), DOUBLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Sorana Cirstea, Jelena Ostapenko (Romanian, Latvian)-Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 3) 6:2, 7:5|
The match lasted 1 hour 19 minutes in Rome.
There were many chances for the Hungarian-French double in the QF, but unfortunately this time almost nothing succeeded. In the 30-minute first set, the Romanian-Latvian team won their serve to 40 in the second game, then broke the opponents to 30. After 3:1, they broke the Hungarian-French pair to 40, and hold their next two own games from 30-40.
At the beginning of the second act, both double lost their serve, and after 4:3, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic had four break points, but without success. This proved to be decisive later …
After 5:5, Cirstea and Ostapenko broke the opponents to 40, then hold the own game from 15-40.
Ahead of Roland Garros, Timi will play at the 250 000 USD tournament in Strasbourg. Her singles opponent will be Fiona Ferro, who starts with a wild-card. The French player (born: 12 March, 1997) is 262nd at the World Rankings, with a career best position of 197th (5 May, 2017). So far, She has won 1 ITF tournament in singles.