21/02/2015 – WTA Rising Stars Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships doubles – their first title together, but it was just a matter of time.
|DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (2 513 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, FINAL|
|Timea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 8)-Garbine Muguruza, Carla Suarez Navarro (Spanish, 6) 6:3, 6:2|
Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic oozed confidence and declared high hopes for the 2015 season after winning the Premier 5 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships doubles title.
The No.8-seeded Babos and Mladenovic took just 59 minutes to cruise past No.6-seeded Spanish duo Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez Navarro in the doubles final on Saturday afternoon, 6:3, 6:2.
“Obviously it’s our first title together, but it was just a matter of time, I guess, as we already played many of the finals last year,” Mladenovic said. “We knew that at some point it would come, because we are such good friends and we play amazing tennis together. We’re just really delighted about it.
“We discussed to play together all year and we have high goals, so we’re extremely happy.”
It was, indeed, just a matter of time – Babos and Mladenovic made three big finals together last year, a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon and two Premier finals at Paris [Indoors] and Cincinnati. They barely missed out on a spot at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
Is Singapore on the Hungarian-French pair’s radar for the 2015 season?
“Well, this year we’re playing a full schedule, full year together, so it makes a huge difference,” Babos said. “Last year we made some huge results in the big tournaments, Wimbledon and Cincinnati, and it was already our goal to get in, but we only started playing at Wimbledon, so it was difficult.”
“It won’t be easy, but with more tournaments hopefully we can build our way there.“
Babos and Mladenovic only lost one set all week in Dubai, to No.7 seeds Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik in the semifinals. They were asked how they rebounded so well in Saturday’s final.
“We played many different kinds of opponents this week, all styles of game – doubles players and singles players,” Mladenovic said. “We were really ready for Muguruza and Suárez. They’re great singles players and they have great games from the baseline, and a good serve from Muguruza, too.
“We were focusing on first strokes, serve and return, being present at the net and crossing more. They are solid from the baseline, so we tried to push them to play what we wanted them to play.”
Both teams will now move into the Top 4 on the Road To Singapore doubles leaderboard. (www.wtatennis.com)