07/09/2018 – (Photos: PÉTER ZÁDOR) Timi and Kiki Mladenovic won again in two sets.
|US OPEN (GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, 50 560 840 USD, HARD COURT), FEMALE PATH, PRAYER|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2)-Samantha Stosur, Shuai Zhang (Australian, Chinese) 6:4, 7:6 (7-4)|
The match lasted 1 hour 36 minutes in New York.
“It was a tough match, I think We did not play our best tennis. We were especially poorly served, maybe this was influenced at some level by the fact, that the semifinal was played on indoor court. The point is that in such difficult matches, when it does not go so well, We will also fight, and suffer, try to find a solution. That’s what it count! There was also a need for this fight as it was fast 5:6, 0-30, after in the second set We served for the final at 5:4. I’m especially delightful with my performance, and it’s amazing to be able to play a Grand Slam final again” – said Timi.
It was sure before the semifinal, that Timi will lead the World Rankings in doubles after the US Open with a big margin, because the Roland Garros and Wimbledon champions, Barbora Krejčiková and Kateřina Siniaková lost in the SF.
The 33-minute first set was began with two breaks, first Timi and Kiki Mladenovic, then Stosur and Zhang broke their opponent. In the next, almost half an hour both pairs were well served, and after 4:4 the Hungarian-French double was the better.
Timi and Kiki Mladenovic broke to 30, then hold their own game to 0.
At the first game of the second act, Stosur and Zhang led 40-0, but they could not hold their service game. It seemed for a long time, that it will be decisive. But it was not like that …
Timi and Kiki Mladenovic served for the final at 5:4, but unfortunately the only won two rallies. After that, the Australian-Chinese team saved two break point, then led 30-0. and twice had 40-40. But finally the tie-break came.
In the tie-break, the Hungarian-French double led 5-1, then 6-2, and after 6-4, the match was closed.
In the final on Sunday, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic will meet Ashleigh Barty and CoCo Vandeweghe.
Barty (born: 24 April, 1996), is 15th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 5th (21 May, 2018). The Australian player has won 8 WTA Tour and 9 ITF tournaments in this genre. She was finalist with Casey Dellacqua in the 2013 season at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, and in 2017 at the Roland Garros. This year she remained unbeaten at the Miami Open with Vandeweghe, while in Rome and Montreal on the side of Demi Schuurs.
Vandeweghe (born: 6 December, 1991) is 52nd in the World Rankings, and her career best position was 18th (26 October, 2016). The American player has won 3 WTA Tour and 6 ITF events in this genre.
This year, in the first round of the Miami Open, the Australian-American double won 3:6, 6:2, 10-4 against the Hungarian-French pair. In the QF in Madrid, Timi and Mladenovic won 7:5, 3:6, 11-9, and in Birmingham’s first round they defeated Barty and Vandeweghe, 7:6, 6:3.