09/01/2013 – Timi & Mandy Minella in two sets defeated Irina-Camelia Begu and Simona Halep in the quarter final of Moorilla Hobart International (235 000 USD).
The match lasted 65 minutes.
|MOORILLA HOBART INTERNATIONAL (235,000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Timea Babos, Mandy Minella (Hungarian, Luxembourgish)-Irina-Camelia Begu, Simona Halep (Romanian) 7:6 (7-1), 6:0|
Timi is currently 93rd in doubles, while Minella 68th. Begu is 37th, while Halep 226th in exchange. Timi and her partner on Tuesday, won 3:6, 7:6, 10-8, against the Spanish Soler-Espinosa and Suarez Navarro, the Romanian duo defeated the Latvian Liga Dekmeijere and the American Megan Moulton-Levy 7:5, 6:3.
The Hungarian-Luxembourg duo already reached break point in the first game and after 1.1 took away the opponent’s serve. Timi and Mandy played a lot better; they had another break chance at 3:1, but without success. Then suddenly came the equalizer at 4:4.
After that Begu and Halep has always been one step ahead, and they begun the decisive tie-break with a point.
After a series of fantastic shots Timi and Mandy won in a row 7 (!) points, so they celebrated after the 46-minute first set.
The sequel was even more beautiful and better! Timi and Mandy won the rallies in line. they won first Begu’s then, Halep’s serve. The Hungarian-Luxembourg duo played perfectly in their own service games; they reached three match point at 5:0. Begu saved them with two aces and with another good shot, but she couldn’t save the fourth match point.
In the last four Timi and Mandy will meet Anabel Medina Garrigues, Yaroslava Shvedova (Spanish, Kazakh, 1) or Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino, Lourdes Dominguez Lino (Spanish).
“I think Timi played well. It was not easy because there was very strong, changing direction and strength of wind. The partner begun badly the game, she had to be pulled. Timi didn’t lose her service game today and she was the best player at the net. Today she moved well and had no problems in the basic game. She had many winner shots. We trained this morning, we prepared for the doubles and of course for the Australian Open. We had a long warm-up and we had time for a tough speed workout with footwork training. Tomorrow there will be no game for us; we will be training 2 times. In the morning we will be preparing with new Australian star, Barty, in the afternoon we will be schooling from basket.”- wrote Csaba from Hobart.