15/01/2015 – The first seed Raquel Kops-Jones – Abigail Spears duo won in three sets against Timi and Kristina Mladenovic in the semifinal of the doubles competition of the Sydney WTA tournament.
The match lasted one hour and 59 minutes.
|APIA INTERNATIONAL (731 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Raquel Kops-Jones, Abigail Spears (USA, 1)-Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French) 6:7 (3-7), 7:6 (7-2), 10-8|
In the 50-minute first set, Timi and Mladenovic received better, but until 5:5 they couldn’t broke the opponent. Thye had a total of four break points (at 2:2, at 3:3 and at 4:4). At last the Hungarian-French duo broke the US-pair at 5:5 to 30.
But in the next game Kops-Jones and Spears broke back without losing a rally…
Int he tie-break Timi and Mladenovic played better, and more accurate! They won two points as a receiver after 4-3 and they won the first set point.
At the beginning of the 58-minute second set Kops-Jones and Spears saved three break points then broke the opponent after 40-15. Then the American duo jumped to a 4:2 lead, but Timi and Mladenovic equalized (4: 4).
Then come another two break, one on each side. At 5:4 the Hungarian-French duo saved a set point as a receiver.
Int he tie-break Kops-Jones and Spears dominated, they led 5-0, then 6-1 and won the second set point.
In the decisive tie-break Timi and Mladenovic came back from 6-3 (two breaks) down and led 8-6. After that the first seed double had several lucky points and they won the match after Mladenovic hit a lob long.