18/10/2017 – The Hungarian-Czech pair came back from a break down in the opening act, then won the second set easily.
|VTB KREMLIN CUP (790 208 USD, INDOOR CARPET), DOUBLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Andrea Hlaváčková (Hungarian, Czech, 1)-Vera Lapko, Anastasia Potapova (Belarusian, Russian) 7:5, 6:2|
The match lasted 1 hour 14 minutes in Moscow.
In the 39-minute opening act, Lapko and Potapova had been in a favorable position, they played well. The Belarusian-Russian pair broke the opponent to 0 after 2:1. But in the next three games Timi and Hlaváčková have always lost only one rally/per game. The first seeded team broke the opponent twice, then won their service game from 30-40, at 4:3.
Unfortunately, in the tenth game, Timi lost her serve to 15, so the score was 5:5. Then, the Hungarian-Czech pair won the rival’s serve to 30, and Hlaváčková hold her serve to 40, after 40-15.
The second game set more smoothly formed, but the Belarusian and Russian teenager once again caused difficult moments to the opponent. Lapko and Potapova saved their serve from 15-40 in the opening game, then had two break points at 2:1. After that, the Hungarian-Czech pair controlled the game, they broke the teens twice to 30. In the last game, the first seeded team lost only a single rally.
In the semifinal, Timi and Hlaváčková will meet the third seeded pair of Barbora Krejčiková and Kateřina Siniaková.
Krejčiková, (born: 18 December, 1995), is 60th in the world ranking, with a career best position of 26th (12 September, 2016). The Czech player has so far won 1 WTA, 1 WTA-125 and 19 ITF events in doubles. This year she was finalist at Båstad (Sweden, 250 000 USD, clay, Co: María Irigoyen).
Siniaková, (born: 10 May, 1996), is 12th in the world rankings, this is her career best position. The Czech player has won 2 WTA, 1 WTA125 and 4 ITF tournaments in this genre. This year, she was a finalist at Taipei (Taiwan, 250 000 USD, hard court, Co: Lucie Hradecká), at Indian Wells (USA, 7 669 423 USD, hard court, Co: Hradecká), in Charleston (USA, 776 000 USD, hard court, Co: Hradecká), in Prague (Czech Republic, 250 000 USD, clay, Co: Hradecká) and at the US Open (Co: Hradecká). Siniaková and Hradecká reached the semifinal at the Roland Garros.