19/02/2015 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won in two very close sets in the quarterfinal of the doubles event against Monica Niculescu and Alexandra Panova.
The match lasted one hour and 30 minutes. The Hungarian-French double’s next opponent will be the duo of Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik.
|DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (2 513 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, QUARTERFINAL|
|Timea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 8)- Monica Niculescu, Alexandra Panova (Romanian, Russian) 7:6 (8-6), 6:4|
“Nice win today! We had a very unpleasant opponent against Panova, but especially in the person of Niculescu. We did not play our best, but really wanted to win. So perhaps it’s even more valuable, that we advanced to the semifinal 🙂 “– Timi said.
In the 54-minute first set the 8th seed Hungarian-French duo started better, they broke to 0 Niculescu. Then they jumped to a 4:2 lead, but in the eight game Mladenovic lost her service game. At 5:4 the Romanian-Russian pair had three break points after 15-40, but Timi bravely saved her service game.
In the tie-break Niculescu and Panova had a 2-0 lead, then at 6-4 they had another two set points. But Timi and her partner won four rally in a row (two points as a receiver) and won the set.
At the beginning of the second set Niculescu and Panova had az early break, but they lost that immediately. Timi and Mladenovic had another two break points at 3:2, but the Russian player saved them with good serves.
At 4:4 the Hungarian-French duo hold their service game to 40, then game a very good game. Mladenovic hit a good pass shot, then Timi came with three beautiful winner. So they advanced to the semifinal.
The Hungarian-French double’s next opponent will be the duo of Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik. The seventh seed French-Slovenian pair won 7:5, 6:2 against Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina (2nd seed). The Russians won in 2013 at the Roland Garros and in 2014 at the US Open.
The 21-year old Garcia is ranked 30th, her career best was 24 (12 January 2015). During her career, she has won one WTA and five ITF competition in this genre.
Srebotnik is a former World No 1 (4 July 2011), now she is ranked 17th. She has won 19 WTA and 35 ITF tournament. She has won one Women’s Doubles Grand Slam event (2011 Wimbledon, Co: Kveta Peschke) and 5 in Mixed Doubles (1999 Roland Garros 2003: US Open 2006 Roland Garros 2010: French Open, 2011 Australian Open).
This year, Garcia and Srebotnik were finalists in Brisbane (Australia, 1 million USD, hard court).
In January, at the quarterfinal of the 710 000 USD Sydney tournament Timi and Mladenovic won 3:6, 6:3, 10-8 against the French-Slovenian duo.