11/05/2017 – In the opening set the Hungarian-Czech pair came back from a break down.
|MUTUA MADRID OPEN (5 439 350 USD, CLAY), DOUBLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Andrea Hlaváčková (Hungarian, Czech, 5)-Kiki Bertens, Johanna Larsson (Dutch, Swedish) 6:2, 6:4|
The match lasted 1 hour and 6 minutes in Madrid.
“I’m really happy for today’s win! It was a very big game, every point counted a lot. We played with a few mistakes, We played an aggressive tennis with Andrea. Our opponent played from the baseline at My serves, which made our task difficult. But our tactics were very good, We formed a good team. It was a tough match, and I’m happy to do so. So far, My co-operation with Andrea is great! We feel good on the cort, We fight, We complement each other well. It also makes Us happy. I had a lot of fans out there, it was a good feeling to play and hear the supporting words. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s match too” – said Timi.
The Hungarian-Czech pair faced a difficult match against Bertens and Larsson in the Spanish capital: the Dutch-Swedish team on Wednesday celebrated a big victory, 7:6, 6:4. They beat the three time Grand Slam winner, this year’s Australian Champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA, WTA-1.) and Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic, WTA-2).
Timi and Hlaváčková did not start well in the quarter-final: after 1:1, the Czech player lost her serve to 30. But after that came the big and decisive change! In the next five games of the 29-minute first act, the Hungarian-Czech pair played very well.
Timi and Andrea Hlaváčková won five games, they broke the opponent three times (!!!). First, the Hungarian-Czech double broke Larsson to 15, equalized for 2:2. Then they saved their service game from 30-40. In the sixth game, the won the Dutch player’s serve to 15, then at 5:2, the broke Larsson to 40. So they finished the opening act.
The second set was much tighter. At this time, both pair served well. For a long time, the fans saw only one break point. At 1:1, Timi and her partner won their service game to 40. Then, in the seventh game, Bertens and Larsson saved a total of three break points. But they only delayed the opponent’s success.
After 4:4, Timi and Hlaváčková won their serve to 30, then led 40-0 as a receiver. The opponent saved two match points, but the 24-year old Hungarian player finished the match with a beautiful return point.
In the semifinal the Hungarian-Czech pair will meet Irina-Camelia Begu and Simona Halep.
Begu (born: 26 August, 1990) is ranked 115th in doubles. Her career best position was 30 (26 October, 2015). Up to now she has won 4 WTA and 19 ITF competitions in this genre.
Halep (born: 27 September, 1991) is ranked 114th, this is her career best so far. She has won 4 ITFs in doubles.