03/09/2017 – The Hungarian-Czech pair dominated the match.
|US OPEN (GRAND SLAM EVENT, 50 400 000 USD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, ROUND 2|
|Tímea Babos, Andrea Hlaváčková (Hungarian, Czech, 5)-Raquel Atawo, Sabine Lisicki (USA, German) 6:3, 6:4|
The match lasted 1 hour 21 minutes in New York.
In the 35-minute first set, Timi and her partner immediately broke their opponent, to 30. The Hungarian player and Hlaváčková retained their lead till 4:3, then played an extremely important game. Atawo and Lisicki received very well, they had a total of three break points. But the 5th seed pair equalited every time, and finally won that game. And after that, they broke the opponent to 15.
The second set was tight, fortunately the Hungarian-Czech apir was the better. Timi and Hlaváčková saved their serve from 0-40 after 1:1, then broke broke the US-German pair after 3:2. The fifth seeds led 5:2, but soon they were in a difficult position. Atawo and Lisicki broke back to 30 after 5:3, so they served for the equalizer.
However, Timi and Hlaváčková closed the match with a great receiver’s game, they broke the rival to 0.
The Hungarian-Czech pair next opponent will be the 12th seed Hsieh Su-Wei and Monica Niculescu.
The Taiwanese player (born: 4 January, 1986) is 43rd in the world ranking, with a career best position of 1st (12 May, 2014). Hsieh has so far won 17 WTAs and 20 ITFs in doubles. With Shuai Peng (China) she remained unbeaten in 2013 at Wimbledon and at the WTA Finals, and in 2014 at the Roland Garros.
The Romanian player (born: 25 September, 1987) is 20th in the world rankings, with a career best position of 15th (29 August, 2015). Niculescu has won 8 WTA and 22 ITFs in doubles. This year, she remained unbeaten in Biel (Switzerland, 250 000 USD, indoor carpet, Co: Hsieh Su-Wei), and also reached the final at Wimbledon (Grand Slam event, England, 31 600 000 pounds, grass, Co: Chan Hao Ching) and Cincinnati (USA, 2 836 904 USD, hard court, Co: Hsieh Su-Wei).