30/12/2012 – Timea Babos and Mandy Minella were defeated in the first round of the 500 000 USD WTA tournament in Shenzhen.
The Hungarian-Luxembourg pair lost in 1 hour 38 minutes against the Hsieh-sisters of Taipei.
|SHENZHEN LONGGANG GEMDALE OPEN (500 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Hsieh Su Wei, Hsieh Su Jing (Taiwanese)-Timea Babos, Mandy Minella (Hungarian, Luxembourgish, 4) 7:6 (7-3), 7:6 (11-9)|
In the very tight first set Timi and Mandy played better, but were not able to win the important points. The Hungarian-Luxembourg dual had a total of seven break point, but never been able to use the chances. The opponent had two such chances, but they’re not used to it.
The success in the tie-break gave “wings” to the Hsieh-sisters; they pulled away to 5:1 in the second set. Timi and Minella did not give up, saved match points and won twice the opponent’s serve (5:5). Again came the tie-break.
In the last act Timi and Mandy had a 6-3 lead, but five set balls were not enough for the third set.