18/06/2021 – The 4th seeds Romanians won in three sets.
|NOTTINGHAM TROPHY (100 000 USD + H), DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL:|
|Monica Niculescu, Elena-Gabriela Ruse (Romanian, 4)-Tímea Babos, Arina Rodionova (Hungarian, Australian, 1) 7:6 (7-5), 4:6, 10-5|
The match lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Due to the rain the semifinal was played under roof.
In the 50-minute first set the Hungarian-Australian pair led 4:2 and 5:3 with breaks to 30, but the opponent bounced back. In the tie-break the serves were not advantage, finally at 6-5 the Romanians won another receiver’s point, closing the opening act.
At the beginng of the 42-minute second set both pair lost their serve, then at 2:2 Timi and her partner broke opponent again. And it was enough for winning that act.
In the match tie-break the Romanians served and received much better than the 1st seeds.