09/03/2018 – After the close first set, the Hungarian-French pair did not lose a game.
|BNP PARIBAS OPEN (8 648 508 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 4)-Nadiia Kichenok, Anastasia Rodionova (Ukrainian, Australian) 7:6 (7-3), 6:0|
The match lasted 67 minutes in Indian Wells.
In the third game of the 43-minute first set, the Ukrainian-Australian pair broke their opponent to 30, but Timi and her partner immediately leveled (2:2). After that, the Hungarian-French smoothly hold tehir own games, but did not really have a chance as a receivers. So came the tie-break.
At the beginning of the tie-break, Kichenok and Rodionova led 2-0, then to 3-2 with a receiver’s point. Then, Timi and Mladenovic won five rallies in a row and closed the opening act.
The second set was already unilateral. The Hungarian-French pair confidently served and broke the opponets a total of three times (to 30, then twice to 40).
The next opponent of the Australian Open Champs will be Kateryna Bondarenko and Alexandra Krunic.
The Ukrainian player (born: 8 August, 1986) is 60th in the world ranking, with a career best position of 9th (20 October, 2008). Bondarenko has won 3 WTA and 3 ITF tournaments in this genre, in 2008 she was the Champion at the Australian Open with sister Alona.
The Serbian player (born: 15 March, 1993) is 59nt in the world ranking, with a career best position of 43rd (24 April, 2017). So far Krunic has won 2 WTA Tour and 6 ITF events in doubles.