11/01/2013 – Tímea Babos with Mandy Minella won easily in the doubles semifinal in Hobart against Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino and Lourdes Dominguez Lino.
The meeting lasted for 50 minutes.
|MOORILLA HOBART INTERNATIONAL (235,000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, SEMI FINAL|
|Timea Babos, Mandy Minella (Hungarian, Luxembourgish)-Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino, Lourdes Dominguez Lino (Spanish) 6:2, 6:2|
“We played a good game, Mandy improved compared to the previous meeting. Of course, I have progressed a lot in the last few days, serve is getting better. The rivals couldn’t brake me during the doubles tournament. I feel that every element of my game is a bit better, also compared to the individual. But there is much spare in me. Saturday’s opponent is well known, we are almost contemporaries. I feel we will have a good chance of winning, but of course we have to play well”– Timi said after the semi-final.
Timi won singles in Monterrey last year and the doubles with Hsieh Su-Wei of Taipei in Birmingham.
Timi and Mandy Minella his time, played against two Spanish players, the signs promised success. But it was done, easier than expected.
The Hungarian and the Luxembourg tennis player had a break advantage from the beginning, then after 4:2 they took again the rivals serve. The next game was also easy, so Timi and Mandy won the 23-minute set.
They played well at own service games and saved three break points.
The second set was great for the favourites, they won four games in a row after 1:1. The Spaniards at that time were able to embellish, but after that in the last game Timi and Mandy won from 15-30.
“The opponent not played their best tennis. Timi and Mandy not losing service game, I think they played good tennis. They well played the rehearsed figures, they collected many points at the net”– said Timi’s father and coach Csaba Babos.
Timi and Minella will meet in Saturday’s final the Spanish Garbine Muguruza (no doubles, ranking) and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (860th). The latter was a doubles finalist in 2010 as a junior with Lara Arruabarrena Vecino at Roland Garros, Timi and Sloane Stephens won 6:2, 6:3.