10/01/2017 – The Hungarian-Russian pair broke the opponent three times, and never lost their serve.
|APIA INTERNATIONAL (776 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Tímea Babos, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Hungarian, Russian)-Raquel Atawo, Xu Yifan (US, Chinese) 6:3, 6:2|
The match lasted 58 minutes in Sydney.
Last year Timi and Pavlyuchenkova played two matches in Moscow at the Kremlin Cup, but officially, the Apia International is the first common event of a longer contribution. On the other side of the net stood two doubles speicialist, but Atawo and Xu had no big chance for a success.
The Hungarian-Russian duo started the match well and it was the foundation of the victory. Timi and Pavlyuchenkova won the opening service game after 40-40 after, then broke the opponent to 30. Then, the Hungarian-Russian pair won three service games to 0, and after 5:3 they hold their serve to 15. It was a good first set by them.
The second set has developed smoothly! In the second game Timi and her partner saved a break point, then won the service game of the opponent. In the sixth game, Atawo and Xu lost a break point at 40-40.
After 4:2, the Hungarian youngster and her Russian partner broke the opponent again, and it virtually finioshed the match. In the last game Timi and Pavlyuchenkova lost only one rally.
The Hungarian-Russian duo’s next opponent in the quarter-final will be the second seed pair of Martina Hingis and Coco Vandeweghe.
The 36-year old Hingis was World No1 in singles and doubles, now is ranked 5th in doubles at the WTA list. The Swiss player has won 55 WTA and 1 ITF event in this genre. She was Champion at Grand Slams: at the Australian Open in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2016, at Roland Garros in 1998 and 2000, at Wimbledon in 1996, 1998 and 2015, while in the US Open at 1998 and 2015. Last year, she remained unbeaten with Sania Mirza (India) in Brisbane (Australia, 1 000 000 USD, hard court), Sydney (Australia, 753 000 USD, hard court), at the Australian Open (Australia, 14,835,728 USD, hard court), St. Petersburg (Russia, 753 000 USD, indoor) and Rome (Italy, 2,707,664 USD, clay).
The 25-year old Vandeweghe is in 18th place in the world ranking in doubles, it’s the best of her career so far. During her career, she has won 1 WTA and 6 ITF events. Last year, she remained unbeaten with Bethanie Mattek-Sands at Indian Wells.