Difficult first set and victory in doubles

Difficult first set and victory in doubles

17/02/2015 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won in two sets against Darija Jurak and Oksana Kalashnikova in the opening round.

The match lasted one hour and 15 minutes. The 8th seed Hungarian-French duo will meet Fatma Al Nabhani and Mona Barthel in the next round.

 

DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (2 513 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, 1ST ROUND
Timea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 8)-Darija Jurak, Oksana Kalashnikova (Croatian, Georgian) 7:6 (7-2), 6:2

 

The doubles specialist Jurak and Kalashnikova played well in the opening set, they had three times a break advantage (1:0, 4:3, 6:5). In the 12th game they led 40-15, so they had three set points.

 

But the Croatian-Georgian duo hit two double faults, then Timi and Mladenovic broke them. So came the tie-break.

 

In the tie-break the Hungarian-French duo won five rally in a row after 2-2!

 

The second set was much more easier. Timi and Mladenovic broke the opponent twice, they jumped to a 5:1 lead. Then they had three match points as a receiver, but Jurak and Kalashnikova saved all of them. But in the next game Timi won her own service game to 0.

 

The Hungarian-French duo’s next opponent will be Fatma Al Nabhani and Mona Barthel.

 

The 23-year-old Omani player is ranked 357th, her career best was 238 (28 April 2014). During her career she won five ITF doubles competition.

 

The 24-year-old Barthel stands at 108 in the world rankings in this genre, her career-best is 76 (17 March 2014). So far, she has won one WTA- and one ITF doubles competition.