The match lasted one hour and 30 minutes. The Hungarian-French duo will meet Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the next round.
|MIAMI OPEN (5,381,235 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 7) – Kimiko Date-Krumm, Karolina Pliskova (Japanese, Czech), 6: 2, 6:7 (5-7), 13-11|
In the 27-minute first set, Timi and her were the better at all important moment, so they reached a set advantage, seemingly easily. The Hungarian-French duo broke the opponent in the opening game, then broke second time in the fifth game (4:1). In the meantime, Timi and Mladenovic save dtwo break points, and in the sixth game they saved their own service game after 15-40. So the rival had another three receiving chances.
After 5:2 Mladenovic hold her service game to 30.
At the beginning of the 49-minute second set the Japanese-Czech pair broke the opponent to 40, but they lost their break advantage. After 2:2 Pliskova agin lost her serve, so it seems, that the match is over. But the Japanese-Czech duo broke back, and after 3:3 they had a total of seven break points in two games. But Timi and Mladenovic won the game from 0-40 in the tenth game, and from 15-40 in the 12th game.
In the tie-break the Hungarian-French duo led 4-1 with two breaks, but after that Date-Krumm and Pliskova won four points as a receiver (5-7).
In the Champion’s Tie-break the Japanese-Czech duo led 4-1, but Timi and Mladenovic fought hardly and they equalized to 5-5. After that the seventh seed pair had a 8-5 advantage, and they had a match point at 9-8. But Date-Krumm and Pliskova turned things around, and led 11-10. But Timi and Mladenovic won two points as a receiver, and finished the match at 12-11.
The Hungarian-French double next opponent will be a Russian duo.
The 27-year-old Alla Kudryavtseva is ranked 19th in doubles, her career best was 15 (8 September 2014). During her career she has won 8 WTA and 13 ITF doubles competition. She was a quarter-finalist in 2012 at the Australian Open, and in 2014 at Wimbledon. In the second quarterfinal she played with Anastasia Rodionova and lost in the last eight against Timi and Kiki Mladenovic (6:3, 3:6, 6:4).
This year the Russian player was a quarter-finalist in Brisbane (Co: Alexandra Panova, 1 000 000 USD, hard court) and Doha (Co: Katarina Srebotnik, 731,000 USD, hard court). She played in the semifinal in Dubai (Co: Pavlyuchenkova, 2,513,000 USD, hard court).
The 23-year old Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is ranked 36th, her career best was 21 (16 September 2013). So far, she has won 4 WTA and 8 ITF events in doubles. She was a quarter-finalist in 2013 at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, and in 2014 at Wimbledon.