20/05/2017 – The Russian double won the decisive tie-break with a minimal difference.
|INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA (3 076 495 USD, CLAY), DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina (Russian, 1)-Tímea Babos, Andrea Hlaváčková (Hungarian, Czech, 4) 6:3, 6:7 (4-7), 10-8|
The match lasted 1 hour 49 minutes in the Italian capital.
“Overall, it was a high quality match! For one and a half set, We found it hard to find the successful tactics against the Russian double. We needed a very good and aggressive game to get to the final set. There were very big rallies. The decisive tie-break is always the way it is. We made a few mistakes, it was 8-10 and not 10-8. But the game itself was very good. It showed Us that We could have a chance against everyone, because We played a very tight match against one of the top pairs. Overall, We have been successful in the last three weeks, I’m hoping that We will be able to play well with Andrea at the Roland Garros” – said Timi.
Timi and Andrea Hlaváčková faced one of the most experienced, best and most successful doubles in the World. The Hungarian-Czech pair fought and played very well and only very few missed for the sensational success.
In the first 33-minute set Makarova and Vesnina saved their service game from 15-40 after 1:1, and is was proved to be decisive. At 4:3 the Russian pair broke the opponent to 15, then hold their own serve to 0.
In the 60-minute second act, the Russians broke the 4th seeds after 2:2, but Timi and Andrea Hlaváčková immediately leveled. After that, both pairs were impressed, so came the tie-break.
Makarova and Vesnina broke the opponent twice, but after 5-4 the Hungarian-Czech pair won two return points after 5-4. With this, Timi and Andrea Hlavácková closed the set.
The tie-break was decided of the final. The Russian double had several breaks, but Timi and her partner came back from 4-7. Unfortunately, at 9-8, the Russian doubles won another return point with a huge luck, so they got to the Sunday final in Rome.