01/02/2014 – After the more than three hour-long singles semifinal Sara Errani retired from the doubles semifinal at the 710 000 USD Open GDF Suez.
This means, that Timi and Kiki Mladenovic will play in the final at Sunday against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke.
Three weeks ago Timi also reached the final of a WTA Premier tournament, with Lucie Safarova she won against Errani and Roberta Vinci. The score was 7:5, 3:6, 10-7. A week ago the Italians triumphed at the Australian Open.
On Saturday in Paris Errani won a dramatic singles semifinal against Alize Cornet, but after that she retired from doubles, due to tiredness.
So Timi will play her tenth final in a WTA event. She won once in singles and seven times in doubles. On Sunday the Hungarian-French double will meet an experienced, doubles specialist opponent.
The 28-year-old Anna-Lena Groenefeld is ranked 14th in doubles. Her career best was 7th in 03.06.2006. During her career, she was a finalist 29 times in women’s doubles, she won 13 occasions.
In 2009 the German player and Bahamian Mark Knowles won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon.
In the 2014 season Groenefeld played in three tournaments before Paris. In Brisbane,, Sydney and at the Australian Open she reached the second round . All three times Mirjana Lucic-Baroni was her partner.
The 38-year-old Peschke currently ranked 11th, her career best position was 1st, in 07.04.2011. During her career, she has won 25 WTA competitions in this genre.
This year in Sydney, the Hungarian player and Safarova won 7:5, 6:4 against Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik. At the Australian Open, the Czech and Slovenian doubles specialist lost 6:1, 6:4 in the semifinal against Errani and Vinci.