02/062018 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic broke the opponent a total of four times.
|ROLAND GARROS (GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, CLAY), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, ROUND 2|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 1)-Nao Hibino, Oksana Kalashnikova (Japanese, Georgian) 6:1, 6:3|
The match lasted 1 hour and 5 minutes in Paris.
“I’m happy with today’s win, We’ve played well today. We were balanced and aggressive, We fought for every point. This is the most important! It is very positive for Us, that We are the No1 seeds, We are the favs, and We can win the whole tournament. This is absolutely motivating! We feel very good on the court. I feel like I did well, I played well and moved well at the net. I look forward to the new challenges” – said Timi.
Another important step in the Women’s Doubles at the Roland Garros: Timi and Kristina Mladenovic celebrated a confident victory and reached the last16 at the clay court Grand Slam tournament.
The Australian Open Champions dominated the opening 27-minute set. Timi and her partner broke Hibino and Kalashnikova to 0, and then to 30. They led 4:0. After that, came surprising events. The 1st seeded pair led 40-0 behind the serves, but the Japanese-Georgian pair won that game.
Luckily, the Hungarian-French pair regained control, broke to 30, then hold their serve to 15.
The second set was a bit tighter, but there was no threat to the success of Timi and Kristina Mladenovic. The Hungarian-French team broke their rivals to 0 in the opening game and was very confident behind the serves. Although, in the eight game they must save two break point, they did it. In the end, after 5:3, Timi and her partner won the opponent’s serve to 30.
The Hungarian-French pair’s next opponent will be the 13 seed Nicole Melichar and Květa Peschke.
The American player (born: 29 July, 1993) is 35th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 33rd (30 April, 2018). Melichar has won 2 WTA Tour, 1 WTA-125s and 6 ITF events in doubles.
The Czech player (born: 9 July, 1975) is 22nd in the world rankings, with a career best position of 1st (4 July, 2011). Peschke has won 29 WTA and 2 ITF tournaments. The Czech player remained unbeaten in Wimbledon seven years ago (Co: Katarina Srebotnik), while in 2010 she was finalist at the Roland Garros (Co: Srebotnik).
The pair of Melichar and Peschke remained unbeaten this season in April in Prague (Czech Republic, 250 000 USD, clay), before that they reached the final in Stuttgart (Germany, 816 000 USD, indoor clay).
A few weeks ago in Madrid, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic beat Melichar and Peschke, 6:4, 6:1.
On Saturday, there was another big surprise at the Women’s Doubles at the Roland Garros: the World No1, Latisha Chan and last year’s Champ (with Lucie Šafářová/Czech) Bethanie Mattek-Sands lost in the second round.