26/04/2013 – The third seed Tímea Babos and Mandy Minella advanced to the final in Marrakech, after won the dramatic three sets semifinal against Dominguez Lino and Parra Santonja.
The match lasted 1 hour 52 minutes.
|GRAND PRIX DE SAR LA PRINCESSE LALLA MERYEM (235 000 USD, CLAY), DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Timea Babos, Mandy Minella (Hungarian, Luxembourgish, 3)-Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Arantxa Parra Santonja (Spanish), 3:6, 7:6 (8-6), 10-8|
“I’m very happy with another final! Today we played a good match in good atmosphere! It was a difficult match, we saved match ball again and after that we won. Tomorrow will be a day off and then the final on Sunday. Thanks for the support!”– Timi said.
At the beginning of the 36-minute first set, the Spaniards broke the third seeds and it is determined the whole opening act. Timi and Mandy had break points, but they lived with it only at 5:2. But in the next game the rival broke again, finished the set.
In the beginning of the second act the third seeds had three, the opponent two break points, but they missed all of them…After 1:1 Timi and Mandy Minella broke the rival and done it again fter 3:1. But Dominguez Lino and Parra Santonja broke one back in the next game and then at the tenth game they won again the rival’s service game (5:5).
In the end, the Spaniards hold their own serve to 30, and then Timi and Mandz equalized. The tie-break was very interesting, the third seed led 5-3, but after that the Spaniards had match point. The Hungarian-Luxembourgish double equalized and after that won the second set!
In the super tie-break Timi and Mandz led 7-5, and 8-7, but the Spanish firstly equalized, then save a match point at 9-8. But the thirds seeds lived with the next chance and advanced to the final!
Tímea and Mandy Minella lost the final in Hobart in January, the won the tournament at Bogota in February. The young Hungarian won also in Monterrey few weeks ago with Kimiko Date-Krumm.
Timi and her partner will meet in Marrakech final with either Olga Savchuk and Chanelle Scheepers (Ukrainian, South African) or Kristina Mladenovic and Petra Martic (French, Croatian).