06/10/2020 The Hungarian-French pair led 5:2 in Set 2, then finished the match in a great battle.
|ROLAND GARROS 2020 (GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, 35 025 914 EURO, CLAY), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2)-Marta Kostyuk, Aliaksandra Sasnovic (Ukrainian, Belarusian) 6:2, 7:5|
The match lasted 1 hour and 28 minutes in Paris.
In the 35-minute first set Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won their opponent’s serve to 15 after 1:1, but then lost their own game to 40. Only the first break ball was saved.
The sequel then brought a close battle, although the result of the first act does not show this. The Hungarian-French pair broke to 30 in the fifth game, then brought their own serve to 40. Then came another very sharp game, with a break to 40.
The final game was won to 40, the defending champions had to save a break point as well.
For a significant portion of the second act, Timi and Kiki were better. In the opening game, Kostyuk and Sasnovic was broken to 15, and after 2:0, must save a total of four breakballs.
After 3:1, Timi and his partner did not lose a rally as a receiver, and then the big turn came. The Ukrainian-Belarusian pair won the opponent’s serve three times and equaled to 5:5. Although Timi and Kiki also broke at 4:2…
Fortunately, the match was reversed in the eleventh game! Kostyuk and Sasnovich led 40-15, yet the opponent broke. Then after 6:5, Timi and Kiki won their own game for 30, finishing the QF.
The Hungarian-French double will meet the 4th seeded Barbora Krejčiková and Kateřina Siniaková in the semifinal.
Krejčiková (born: 18 December, 1995) is 9th in doubles in the World Rankings, and has a career best position of 1st (October 22, 2018). The Czech player has so far won 4 WTA Tour, 1 WTA-125 and 19 ITF events in Doubles.
Siniaková (born: 10 May, 1996) is 10th in the World Rankings and has a career best position of 1st (October 22, 2018). The Czech player has so far won 6 WTA Tour, 1 WTA125 and 4 ITF tournaments in this genre.
In 2018, Krejčiková and Siniaková won at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.