24/04/2013 – Timi and Mandy Minella got into the doubles semifinal, after won the dramatic three sets battle against Eva Hrdinova and Karolina Pliskova.
The quarter-final lasted 1 hour 33 minutes.
|GRAND PRIX DE SAR LA PRINCESSE LALLA MERYEM (235 000 USD, CLAY), DOUBLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Timea Babos, Mandy Minella (Hungarian, Luxembourgish, 3)-Eva Hrdinova, Karolina Pliskova (Czech) 3:6, 7:6 (7-1), 10-8|
“We experienced very eventful matches with Mandy! Yesterday she played very tired, so the match was difficult. Today, it somehow we did not feel each other … But we fought well, saved match points! Of course, I am pleased with the win, with another semi-final “– Timi said.
The third seed Hungarian-Luxembourgish pair keep the their opponent only in the first four games of the 30-minute first set. After 2:2 the Czechs broke twice, didn’t give chance, they served and received very well, confidently lived with opportunities.
In the second set Timi and Mandy played better, twice had break advantage. But Hrdinova and Pliskova equaliyed twice, and at led 5:4. The Czechs had a match point, and another three (!!!) at 6:5. But Timi and her partner saved them, and won the second set’s tie-break easily.
In the all-important super tie-break the third seeds led at the beginning, but the Czechs equalized both times, and at 7-6 served two times…But Timi and Mandy won two balls and after 8-8 they finished the battle.
Timi and Mandy Minella will meet either Paula Kania and Raluca Olaru (Polish, Romanian) or Lourdes Dominguez Lino and Arantxa Parra Santonja.