Great victory: Timi and Mladenovic semifinalist

Great victory: Timi and Mladenovic semifinalist

14/01/2015 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won in three sets against Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik in the quarterfinal of the doubles competition.

The match lasted 1 hour 12 minutes. The Hungarian-French duo’s next opponent will be the first seed pair, Raquel Kops-Jones – Abigail Spears.

 

APIA INTERNATIONAL (731 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, QUARTERFINAL
Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French)-Caroline Garcia, Katarina Srebotnik (French, Slovenian) 3:6, 6:3, 10-8

 

In the 32-minute first set Garcia and Srebotnik was the more accurate in the most important moments. The French-Slovenian pair broke Mladenovic after 3:2, they lived with the second break point. Then they saved two break points int he next game, and finished the opening act at 5:3 to 30.

 

The 29-minute second set has taken a different scenario. At that time, Timi and Mladenovic was a little bit better! The Hungarian-French double broke the opponent at 3:1 and they hold that lead.

 

At 5:3 Mladenovic won her service game to 15.

 

In the first part of deciding tie-break Garcia and Srebotnik led almost continuously. Fortunately at 7-5 came the turn: Srebotnik hit a double fault, then the Hungarian-French duo won the next two service point. At 8-7 Garcia also had a double fault, and it was decisive. Timi and Mladenovic won the second match point at 9-8 and reached the semifinaal.

 

The next opponent will be the first seed double from the United States.

 

Raquel Kops-Jones’s career-best posotion is 11 (24 June 2013). So far, she has won 12 WTA- and 18 ITF doubles competition. Abigail Spears’s career best is also 11 (24 June 2013). During her career she has won 14 WTA and 21 ITF tournament in doubles.

 

Last year Kops-Jones and Spears was a finalist in Dubai (United Arab Emirates, 2 million USD, hard court) and remained unbeaten in Birmingham (England, 710,000 USD, grass) and Cincinnati (United States, 2,567,000 USD, hard court ). In Cincinnati final Timi and Mladenovic retired at 6:1, 2:0 due to the injury of the French player.