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DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (2 000 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL
Caroline Garcia, Kristina Mladenovic (French, 2)-Tímea Babos, Julia Goerges (Hungarian, German, 4) 6:3, 6:4

“I’m sorry, that We’ve lost the semifinal! I think that Garcia gave everything to this doubles match, after she lost in the singles semifinal. She played simply fantastic tennis, it was very difficult to do anything against her. Overall, I am glad that we were able to play a doubles in a good atmosphere. The most important for Me that I can prepare for the singles. I played well from the baseline, but the doubles elements were not as good, as always. It was a good week, now I can go to Doha and I prepare for the singles” – Timi said.

The French pair started better, but after 2:0 Timi and Goerges equalized (2:2). Unfortunately, Garcia and Mladenovic broke again in the sixth game, and they saved this lead.

After 4:2 they hold their service game from 30-40. At 5:3 the Hungarian-German pair saved two sets points, but in the next game they couldn’t have a chance.

Garcia and Mladenovic began with a break in the second set, but then came a little turn-around. Timi and Goerges won three games in a row, they won the opponent’s service game twice. But after that, the French pair was the better.

The second seed double won four games, they broke twice to 40. Timi and Goerges came back to 5:4, but after that they didn’t won a rally as a receiver.