02/04/2014 – Timi and Olga Govortsova defeated in a three set match Kristina Mladenovic and Alexandra Panova in the first round of the 500 000 USD WTA event in Monterrey.
The match lasted 1 hour 24 minutes.
|ABIERTO MONTERREY (500 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos, Olga Govortsova (Hungarian, Belarus, 1)-Kristina Mladenovic, Alexandra Panova (French, Russian) 6:3, 4:6, 13-11|
“It was a very difficult match, I think that this was by far the hardest first round opponent. But I am glad, that we able to win. I enjoyed the game with Olga” – Timi said .
Based on the ranking Timi (32nd in doubles ) and Govortsova (65), seeded on the first place, but it was obvious, that it will be a very difficult task. Mladenovic (19) has already achieved many great results in this genre, she has a mixied doubles title from Wimbledon from last year, and Panova (123) also has several nice victories.
Of course Timi and her doubles partner is at home on the court, they showed it in the 32-m-minute first set . The Hungarian and Belarusian player very well lived with the chance, that Panova had poor service games. The experienced Russian player lost her serve three times … So the first seeds didn’t have problem, after Govortsova lost her service game once.
Unfortunately, at the beginning of the 34-minute second set the French-Russian duo played much better. hey broke Timi to 15, and Govortsova to 30, they had a 3:0 lead. Then Panova lost again her serve, but at 4:3 she won first time her service game after saving two break points…Then at 5:4 Mladenovic easily won the game and the set.
At the beginning of the all-important tie-break the French-Russian pair pulled away to 3-0 , but fortunately the advantage quickly disappeared. At 9-8 Timi and Govortsova had a match point, but the rival equalized. After 11-11 he first seeds broke Panova again, then took advantage of the next match ball!
The Hungarian- Belarusian duo’s opponent in the quarterfinal will be Asia Muhammad (109) and Allie Will (102).