06/06/2018 – Photo: PÉTER ZÁDOR. The Hungarian-French pair had four set points in the opening act, then the second set was decided by a single break.
|ROLAND GARROS (GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, 36 000 000 EURO, CLAY), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Eri Hozumi, Makoto Ninomiya (Japanese)-Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 1) 7:6 (7-4), 6:3|
The quarter-final lasted 1 hour 46 minutes in Paris.
“We messed up badly of this match! I could have played better, I did not feel my game today. And if I do not play the way I do, then unfortunately Kiki does not go as it should. But regardless of that, We reached 5:3, 30-0. I’m sorry this game, My own service game. Obviously I’m sorry about this, We had great opportunity, it was a great chance! We did not live with this, We simply cut it off. In the second set, the opponent has been much looser and easier to play, making better decisions. In the second set, the Japanese pair was the better. What We could do badly today, unfortunately, has been ticked” – Timi.
The match did not start well for the 1st seeds: in the opening game the Japanese team reached for two break points (15-40). They were saved by the Hungarian-French pair, but the new chance came. This was already exploited by Hozumi and Ninomiya.
Timi and Kristina Mladenovic immediately broke back to 40, and then won their own game to 40. In the fourth game, the Japanese team saved two break points. The first four game lasted a total of 24 minutes. The Hungarian-French team made the result 3:2, then Hozumi and Ninomiya saved two break points, after that the 1st seeds hold their game to 40.
In the eighth game, Timi and her French partner broke to 15, then served for the opening act. Unfortunately, the Japanese team won from a set point, and then led it to 40-15. The 1st seeds equalized, and after that, had another three set points. Hozumi and Ninomiya saved all chances, then won their service game.
Came two smooth service games, so the tie-break decided the fate of the opening set. At the beginning of the tie-break, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic led 2-0, but soon it was 2-2, then 3-4. Hozumi and Ninomiya then won a receiver’s point (3-5). The Japanese pair finished the set behind the serves.
In the second set, both doubles easily won their own games till 2:2. Then the Japanese pair came back from 0-30. In the next game, Hozumi and Ninomiya led 40-0 as a receiver, but Timi and Kristina Mladenovic came back.
The Japanese pair had two set points after 4:3, and the Hungarian-French team saved both of them. Unfortunately, the new chance has been exploited Hozumi and Ninomiya … The unseeded Japanese pair then saved two break points, and used the first match point.