08/01/2014 – Timi and Lucie Safarova in 1 hour 21 minutes defeated the former World No 1 pair, the 2011 Wimbledon Champion Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik.
|APIA INTERNATIONAL (710 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Timea Babos, Lucie Safarova (Hungarian, Czech)-Kveta Peschke, Katarina Srebotnik (Czech, Slovenian, 2) 7:5, 6:4|
“We’re a good team with Lucie ! I’m sorry that we can not play together in Melbourne too! We are playing smiling matches, but of course the victory is our goal. After Lucie’s today’s singles match I was worried that she is tired. She told me to help her a lot at the net : D And I listened to it and played very well. I hit a lot of aces, my returns were good, so I’m absolutely happy with my game today. I see that every day I play better tennis. I look forward to the Australian Open, but i hope, we will have a few matches here :D” – Timi said happily after the quarter-final in Sydney.
“It was a solid match from both players. Lucie and Timea played much better doubles then in the first round. They jelled together and it seems like that enjoyed being on the court. I am happy with Timi’s improvement over last few days after the illness. We spent on average 4-5 hours per day training and it is paying off. Her serves and returns were good and that is giving us right to hope that she will keep raising her level. Tomorrow they are playing semis and I hope they will maintain the same mindset. Good result today, but it is even more important that she played better and that she is continually improving” – rated the Hungarian player’s coach Nikola Andjelic.
In the first half of the 44-minute opening set Timi and Safarova very well received, they had 4 break point till 2:2, but they could not lived with them. Meanwhile, the enemy had no chance for this. Till 3:3 the Hungarian and Czech player hit three Aces!
In the seventh game Peschke and Srebotnik survived from 0-40, but this does not break the opponent. Timi and Safarova served very well, and at 5:5 they broke the rival to 15! The Hungarian-Czech duo then won the next game to 30.
Timi and Safarova started the second set superbly, they broke the rival to 30! Although at the other side of the net stood the former World No 1 duo, the 2011 Wimbledon Champion!
In the second game Peschke and Srebotnik reached a break point, but could not capitalize with it.
Timi and Safarova served perfectly, and at 4:2 they won the opponent’s serve to 15! In the eighth game of the second set the second seeds had three break points and they lived with the third chance. Then they came up for 5:4…In the last game at 40-40 Timi and Safarova won the third match point, so they reached the semifinal.
The winning pair had 10 aces and hit five double faults, while the balance of the Peschke – Srebotnik duo was 0/3.
In the last four Timi and Lucie Safarova will meet Julia Goerges and Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova. The German-Czech duo won in the quarterfinal 3:6, 6:4, 10-1 against the wild-cardist Jarmila Gajdosova and Alja Tomljanovic (Australian, Croatian).