26/02/2020 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic broke the opponent a total of 4 times in the Quarter-final.
|QATAR TOTAL OPEN 2020 (3 240 455 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2)-Nicole Melichar, Yifan Xu (USA, Chinese, 5) 6:3, 6:3|
The match lasted 1 hour and 4 minutes.
At the very beginning of the 31-minute first set, the America-Chinese pair lost their serve from 40-15, but broke to 30 in the next game. After 2:2, Timi and Kiki lost one rally as a receiver, and won the next two own game to 30.
The 2nd seeds lost no point after 5:3, so they finished the set as a receiver.
The second set did not turn around, the only change was, that the Hungarian-French pair more confidently served. Timi and Kiki didn’t give their opponents a chance and were very dangerous as a receiver.
Melichar and Xu saved two breakballs in the second and fourth game, but they could only keep up with the opponent until 3:3. The Hungarian-French double won their serve to 0 in the seventh game, then broke to 30. The last game was brought to 15 by Timi and Kristina Mladenovic.
The Hungarian-French double’s opponent will be the 6th seeded Gabriela Dabrowski and Jelena Ostapenko in the semifinal.
The Canadian player (born: 1 April, 1992) is 7th in the World Rankings, the best of her career. Dabrowski has won 9 WTA Tour and 12 ITF tournament so far, and as the most successful Grand Slam Tournament of her career, she was a finalist in Wimbledon in 2019 with Yifan Xu (China). The Canadian player won the Doha tournament with Elena Ostapenko in 2018.
The Latvian player (born: 8 June, 1997) is 23rd in the World Rankings, has a career best position of 18th (3 February, 2020). Ostapenko has won 3 WTA Tour and 8 ITF competitions so far in women’s doubles.