23/06/2018 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic have won both sets from a break down at the Birmingham SF.
|NATURE VALLEY CLASSIC (871 028 USD, GRASS), DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 1)-Barbora Krejčiková-Kateřina Siniaková (Czech, 4) 7:5, 7:6 (8-6)|
The match lasted 1 hour 41 minutes in Birmingham.
“Of course, I’m really happy for today’s win because We played with the Roland Garros champions! I’m happy We won the semifinal, which was very high quality! It lasted one hour and forty-one minutes, two sets, which shows how fierce the fight was. I’m delighted with the way I received the opponent’s serves. We worked very well with Kiki, We were in a difficult position several times, but We got back. Finally We managed to win the match, this is important, a big win! We play well together, I look forward to Sunday’s final. The most important thing is that We can work together well! We have learned and are always trying to learn from our mistakes, We are trying to develop further” – said Timi.
The Czech pair started well, broke the Hungarian player to 0, but after that Krejčiková lost her serve to 40. Unfortunately, after 2:2, Timi could save only one break point, but after 2:4, came another turn.
The Australian Open Champs won Siniaková’s serve to 30 in the eight game, then hold easily their next two own games. After 6:5, Siniaková serve again, and Timi and Kristina Mladenovic again broke her to 30!
At the beginning of the second act, after 1:1, the French player lost her own game to 30, and the opponent had three break points in the fifth game, at 15-40. But Timi and her partner saved that serve, then broke the Czechs (3:3).
In the sequel, both doubles won their games, so came the tie-break.
In the tie-break, both teams played well behind the serves, till 5:5. Then the 1st seeds broke the opponent, but Siniaková hit a wonderfull pass shot at the first match point. Soon, came the second chance after 7-6. This time Timi opened the rally with a great return and Kristina Mladenovic finished the semifinal at the net.
The Hungarian-French pair will meet Elise Mertens and Demi Schuurs in Sunday’s finals.
The Belgian player (born: 17 November, 1995) is 28th in the World Rankings, which is a career best position. Mertens has so far won 5 WTA Tour and 13 ITFs in this genre. This year, she remained unbeaten in Hobart (Australia, 250 000 USD, hard court, Co: Schuurs), in Lugano (Switzerland, 250 000 USD, clay, Co: Kirsten Flipkens) and s’Hertogenbosch (Netherlands, 250 000 USD, grass, Co: Schuurs).
The Dutch player (born: 1 August, 1993) is 17th in the World Rankings, which is a CH. Schuurs has won 8 WTA Tours and 20 ITFs, besides the successes with Mertens, she was tournament winner in Brisbane (Australia, 1 000 000 USD, hard court, Co: Kiki Bertens), in Rome (Italy, 2 703 000 USD, clay, Co: Ashleigh Barty) and in Nuremberg (Germany, 250 000 USD, clay, Co: Katarina Srebotnik).