14/10/2019 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won eight games in a row after 4:5.
|KREMLIN CUP (1 032 000 USD, INDOOR), DOUBLES, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 1)-Vivian Heisen, Yu-Chieh Hsieh (German, Taiwanese) 7:5, 6:1|
The match lasted 62 minutes in Moscow.
The 39-minute first set was thrilling and interesting. The first seeds broke the opponent to 15 after 1:0, then led 4:1, both pair saved one break point.
Then Heisen and Hsieh suddenly took control. They won four games in a row, breaking to 15 after 4:2, and saved their serve 15-40. Indeed! Heisen and Hsieh had lost two ball sin the ninth game as a receiver, so they leading 5:4.
Then came the next and final turn. Timi and Mladenovic took their opponent’s serve to 15 and then broke to 40 after 6:5, after Heisen and Hsieh led 40-15. With this game, the opening act ended.
The second set was much smoother. Timi and Kiki Mladenovic took the lead to 5-0, breaking the opponent to 0 and 15. Then, after 5:1, the Hungarian-French pair won their serve to 15.
On Monday, the qualifying round event, so it was revealed that Timi’s opponent will be Kaia Kanepi in Round 1 of the singles.
The Estonian player (born: 10 June, 1985) is 109th in the World Rankings and has a career best position of 15th (15 August 20, 2012). Kanepi has won 4 WTA Tour and 14 ITF events so far. She was quarter-finalist at the Roland Garros in 2008 and 2012, at Wimbledon in 2010 and 2013 and at the US Open in 2010 and 2017 respectively. She made it to Round 4 this year at the French Open.
The two players have met twice so far: Kanepi won 7:5, 4:6, 7:6 in Copenhagen in 2012 and 6:3, 6:4 in Miami this year.